Tami Michaels: Inside Out

Outdoor Kitchens

I recently attended the National Kitchen and Bathroom Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas.  The surprising feature that drew the attention of designers from around the world at this year’s show was the innovation that has taken place for outdoor kitchens. Outdoor kitchens have continued to grow in popularity and the grills, outdoor dishwashers, freezers, refrigerators, etc have become more elaborate and expensive despite the slow economy. 

The outdoor kitchens and appliances I feature in today's News segment are expensive and high end and are selling in record numbers.  Why?   The answer seems to be that many people have accepted the devaluated price of their homes and do not plan to move, unlike the situation a few years ago. The new term for this grand remodeling craze is now called "domestic luxury", and all of this exterior interest is occurring in spite of our weather here in the NW.

This segment features-

·  A new gas outdoor pizza oven which vents to the back (no tall chimney required), it can sit on a counter and makes amazing pizza. (retail $6K)

·  A new hybrid grill featuring gas, charcoal and wood burning capabilities. ($12K-$16K)

·  New hybrid grill surfaces that allow separate cooking surfaces for meat, fish and veggies and allow the griller to vary the temperature from section to section.

Outdoor kitchens:  Our featured kitchen was designed by local designer Tristan Brown from Queen Anne Gardens.  Outdoor kitchens have a wide price range from a few hundred dollars for a brick patio to tens of thousands of dollars.

Cheers, Tami Michaels