Posted on 7/15/2015 2:59 PM By Kelly McKelvey
The star attraction at any backyard gathering is the pool and spa, but outdoor rooms of every kind—kitchens with a pizza over, dining areas, rooms with a fire pit for late-night gatherings, and quiet garden structures—are winning accolades from pool owners and appreciative party guests alike.
“It’s not just about the pool anymore, but rather about the entire backyard,” said John C. Migliaccio, CPO, CBP, president of the Northeast Spa & Pool Association (NESPA). “When you add an outdoor room to the pool setting — especially an outdoor kitchen with bar – you create a focal point — a natural gathering place for food, fun and refreshment. The outdoor kitchen is the place to entertain friends, and it is also the perfect setting for a quiet evening with the family or a romantic alfresco dinner for two.”
The outdoor room can enhance the value of a home, it is the perfect gathering place and it is just plain fun, noted Scott Cohen, a garden designer and author of Patio Covers, Pergolas, and Pavilions; The Outdoor Kitchen Design Workbook; and other books. “In some areas of the country, the outdoor kitchen has become an expected amenity for a comfortable home. In still others, an outdoor kitchen is a standout feature, offering a valuable edge in any housing market.”