Photo courtesy of Calcagni Realtor Vinny Valentino
Home Lifestyle Trend: Outdoor Kitchens
Outdoor spaces are enjoying a resurgence—and today’s latest lifestyle trend has Connecticut homeowners rethinking the way they use their decks, patios, and backyards to create outdoor kitchens and living spaces that bring all the comforts of inside out into nature. It seems there’s no better time than now—when we’re having to rethink where and how we spend our free time—to get creative with outdoor living and entertaining. Here are some of our favorite ways to repurpose your outdoor living space to make the most of being at home.
Professional-Type Pizza Ovens…and More
Passionate about pizza? Though the deep dish vs. thin crust debate may rage on depending on where you live, today’s outdoor pizza ovens make it easier than ever to create the pizza pie of your dreams. And though we may be partial to New Haven-style pizza, the sky is the limit when it comes to where, when and how to you make yours. More and more homeowners are opting to invest in wood-fired pizza ovens for their back yards, ensuring they can safely entertain friends and family while enjoying the natural beauty of their Connecticut home.
Calcagni Realtor Vinny Valentino serves up wood-fired pizza at his home in Wolcott, CT
In addition to the beloved pizza oven, many homeowners are opting to make dining al fresco a main fo-cal point of their outdoor spaces. Built-in gas grills, wine refrigerators and wet bars are taking shape in many homes these days, allowing homeowners to seamlessly entertain—and clean up—without having to trek back indoors to the kitchen every few minutes. And now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, keep-ing guests outside is even more appealing. It’s no wonder, then, that these beautiful outdoor living spac-es are gaining in popularity.
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Serious Grill Smokers
Wood-fired pizza ovens aren’t the only latest addition to many yards. Kamado cookers are having a moment, and by now, you’ve probably heard of them—or you may have seen these egg-shaped wood-burning grills in the aisles of your favorite home improvement store. Made of ceramic, these grill/smoker combos can cook slowly on a low heat to create tender, smoke-flavored meat; they can also sear your food at high temps that far outdo the temperature of gas grills. Because of their versatility, many home-owners are opting to invest in these grills and adding them to their outdoor kitchen for an at home BBQ smoker that can cook to your preferences—all from the comforts of your backyard.
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An At-Home Farmer’s Market
With the rise in popularity of outdoor kitchens and living spaces, it’s no surprise that homeowners are looking closer to home for farmer’s market-level freshness. What’s better than cooking outdoors with herbs and vegetables picked just minutes before using them? Shopping your own backyard is becoming increasingly more appealing to many people who want to avoid grocery store crowds, save money and create a lush, beautiful backdrop against which to entertain—and gardens provide all of that and more
Image credit: Karen Rogers at KR Garden Design
Is having an outdoor kitchen or living space a must-have on your “lifestyle” list? Your Calcagni Real Estate agent can help you find the ideal home that meets your criteria, from an outdoor wood-fired pizza oven to a fully functional bar or dining area. All you need is your dreams of dining al fresco—and may-be a really great recipe for red sauce!