of the hottest trends in home design is bringing
the kitchen outdoors to make grilling more than
just for burgers. This model home in Oakland
Township, Michigan, features an outdoor kitchen
area with a Wolf oven with warming drawers and a
Sub-Zero mini fridge.
— The unofficial grilling season is under way, and one
of the hottest trends is bringing the kitchen outdoors,
thought only practical in warmer climates, outdoor
kitchens in Michigan are heating up.
of high-end grills and outdoor appliances —
distributors, landscape companies and home builders —
have seen this trend grow.
grills that spew out more than 50,000 BTUs and cost
$7,000 and up. Outdoor-ready pizza ovens for $12,000.
Dishwashers that cost $4,000. Outdoor kitchens, even in
Michigan, are trendy and part of the planning stages of
some new construction.
an Auburn Hills, Mich.-based distributor of Wolf and
Sub-Zero appliances including ones for outdoors, has
seen double-digit growth in its outdoor appliances
are seeing them become more popular," says Don
Cooper, Trevarrow’s corporate sales manager.
"What was once thought of done only in warmer
climates, like Arizona, ideally you can get eight to
nine months out of it here (in Michigan)."
says it’s easy to deal with the winter cold with
Faulk, vice president of design and marketing for
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, says outdoor kitchens
"are more rivaling the indoor kitchen than they
company specializes in outdoor cooking and entertaining.
It has a manufacturing facility in Kalamazoo, and its
headquarters are in Chicago.
are the upper end of the upper end," Faulk says.
"Our average outdoor kitchen order is in the
$30,000-$50,000 range in the appliances and
says the outdoor pizza oven is the top seller.
kitchens can include cooking areas with refrigerators
and ice makers designed and built for outdoor use that
cost several thousand dollars each. There also are shiny
built-in stainless steel kitchen sinks and even
dishwashers. They’re all designed to be
been growing for the last five-six years," says
Dominick Tringali, staff architect for Moceri, a custom
home builder. "We are seeing more of those kinds of
Moceri-built home undergoing reconstruction has a
covered space with a stone base island with a Sub-Zero
built-in dishwasher, storage drawer and a warming
drawer. It features another base with a refrigerator,
cupboard storage and a Wolf grill. Moceri estimates
there’s at least $35,000 in appliances.
more interest in improving outdoor space," Frank
Moceri says. "People are finding a better
investment in outdoor space and something they can enjoy
after the kids leave home."
you spend depends on what you want or need. Builders and
designers peg pricing from $15,000 to upward of $50,000,
depending on size, materials and appliances.
Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association (HPBA) puts
outdoor rooms in the leisure lifestyle category and says
it’s a $6.2 billion industry.
options are enormous and for all weather, even in
Detroit," says HPBA spokeswoman Leslie Wheeler.
"You can custom make it to fit your lifestyle. If
pizza is your favorite, plan on a pizza oven."