A new survey rleased at the 2015 International Builder's Show revealed that homeowners are increasingly desirous of an outdoor kitchen. While only 4% of affluent households currently have outdoor kitchens, 13.6% would like to have outdoor kitchens in thier homes. The study surveyed households making $150,000 or more in houselhold income across the United States. The largest group wanting them is between 45 and 54 years old.

Food prep in an outdoor kitchen was more important than storage, as the outdoor kitchen is as much about socializing and is it about cooking food. It may not be surprising that survey respondents consistently rated the outdoor kitchen as their most favorite room in the house.

Tom:  Outdoor kitchens in luxury new construction homes are becoming the norm, especially in gulf-access new homes.