Outdoor kitchens, along with outdoor fireplaces, outdoor rugs, outdoor curtains, have become extremely popular in our area. The outdoor furniture that people are buying is no longer folding lawn chairs, wrought iron, etc. our patios have become an extra living room. We have T.V.s and stereo systems. Some folks have outdoor bars. This is not likely to pass. I've enjoyed my outdoor spaces like this for years! When we entertain, everybody goes to the Houck deck.
We've just started 4 new homes on the golf course at Lake Caroline, an 825 acre lake subdivision in Madison, Ms. You can bet each one of these homes will have a huge covered patio overlooking the golf course. (The front porches overlook the water)
In Mississippi, our climate can be hot and damp, so our outdoor cabinets and woodwork need to be cypress or similar material that wil withstand this environment. I was showing homes, the other day, in another subdivision . Now bear in mind, these are fine homes, not your typical starter homes. They had outdoor kitchens, but the cabinetry was made of birch plywood and the doors were MDF material . The same as most interior cabinets.Now, there is nothing wrong with these materials for interior use, but what about outside? Upon speaking to several professional cabinet makers, they verified my thoughts. Those cabinets will last a year or two, then, doors will warp, plywood will de-laminate, etc..Not a pretty picture.
The long and short of it is, unless you live in a dry climate, without temperature extremes, question the materials used in your outdoor spaces.
As always, Thanks for reading my rants. Steve Houck