For the family that loves to entertain, outdoor kitchens by the pool are a great option. An outdoor kitchen makes entertaining for large groups much easier, as all food and food prep items are in one place. An outdoor kitchen usually has a grill, a small refrigerator, a sink, seating and tables.
The outdoor kitchen keeps trips in and out to a minimum, thereby reducing bugs in the house (especially in mosquito season) and reducing the chance of spillage on carpets and other flooring that may be difficult to clean. Outdoor kitchens are usually used during the warm months, but if the outdoor kitchen is in a large sunroom, it can also be used during cold months. Some people enjoy the cooler fall air, and tend to entertain more during the fall. It lends to an enjoyable day outside instead of spending all day cooking inside. The outdoor kitchen also affords the host the opportunity to mingle with her guests as she prepares the meal.
There are many types of outdoor kitchens, from a simple grill and countertop setup to a more elaborate kitchen with a sink, counter, cupboards, grill, stovetop and refrigerator. The type you choose will depend on whether you entertain a lot, how big the groups you entertain are, and of course, how big your pocket is. Cooking implements may include gas grills, charcoal grills, wood smokers or fire ovens.
Outdoor kitchens can be found all over the world. The geography of a place does limit use of outdoor kitchens in the winter months, unless you like to sit outside in below freezing temperatures. Some high-end enclosed sunrooms may contain what is considered an outdoor kitchen, and while the sunroom is not usually heated, it does provide some protection from the elements, and, especially with an open grill, can provide enough warmth for you and your guests to be comfortable during the colder months.
Outdoor kitchens can range from a small area of under a couple hundred square feet up to as large as you would like it to be. The larger the area, the more kitchen equipment and seating you can fit into your outdoor kitchen.