It’s summertime, and the living is easy. (And it could be even easier.)

It’s time to clean up the patio, dust off the patio furniture, and wipe down the barbecue. It’s also time to consider installing an outdoor kitchen. 

Here are 3 reasons why you should consider it. 

Makes Cooking More Convenient

How annoying is it in the summer when you’re hosting a backyard party, and you constantly have to be running back and forth between your kitchen inside and attending to your friends and family outside? 

It’s the worst. However, installing a kitchen outside is an easy solution to this problem. Not only do you no longer have to struggle with carrying hors d’oeuvres in one hand while trying to slide open the screen door to go outside, you no longer have to worry about bringing the outside mess inside. 

Expands Your Living Space

Installing an outdoor kitchen can also include the installation of a bar, pizza oven, and myriad other appliances that make the area feel as conveniently livable as the indoors. 

Increases Your Home’s Value 

Did you know that according to Zillow, properties with outdoor kitchens sell for up to 30 percent more than expected? That’s a lot of dough. 

Additionally, Remodeling Magazine and CNN Money support this finding, pointing toward the stat that outdoor kitchens nationally return anywhere from 100 to 200 percent of the home improvement cost.