Is it Time to Add an Outdoor Kitchen to Your Santa Cruz Home?

Posted by Lauren Spencer on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been jealously eyeing those beautiful outdoor kitchens on the home and garden type TV channels.  They’re becoming hot items, but are they worth the price?  Will you really use it as much as you think you will? 

Here are some questions to ponder before deciding to splurge on this gourmet treat:

·Do you like to entertain?  The outdoor kitchen is no longer just a grill and a sink; it’s a whole entertainment system.  With an outdoor kitchen, you can effortlessly move the party outside.  In addition to a grill, you can incorporate all the features of an indoor kitchen including appliances, a counter for food prep, cabinets for storage, comfortable seating, a pizza oven and a fireplace or fire pit.

·Do you need more space?  Without the expense of adding on another room to your Santa Cruz home, you can expand your living space with an outdoor kitchen.  Some experts say the return on your investment is comparable to an indoor-kitchen update.

·Do you want to upgrade your Santa Cruz home rather than move?  With today’s real estate market, upgrading your home with a fun option like an outdoor kitchen might make more sense than selling.

·Do you want to enjoy nature while being pampered?  Yes, you’re outside communing with nature, but at the same time, you can have a comfortable, covered space in which to relax, visit and entertain.

I think I’ve talked myself into it.  How about you?

If you’d like help deciding whether it’s time to sell or upgrade your Santa Cruz home, give me a call today at 831-662-6522 or email me at  At no cost, I’ll give you a complete analysis to help you make a well-informed decision.

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