Photo: Capital Distributing

Photo: Capital Distributing

When it comes to outside dining, there’s nothing quite as clever as an outdoor kitchen. If you have the space, and you live in the South — where the sun shines most days — an outside kitchen is worth the investment.

“Almost without exception, every custom home or remodel we work on today, the owner or builder either includes or plans for a future outdoor kitchen; at a minimum, [he plans for] a nice outdoor living space,” says Mike Davis, President of Capital Distributing.

In agreement with Davis, here are a few things to consider before building an outdoor living space:


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We drove out to Sachse last night to barbecue and watch fireworks with my cousin and his family. It was so delightful to get away from the city for the evening and enjoy a little small town patriotism. The weather was perfect to pull up a chair in their front yard and watch the fireworks after filling our bellies.

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The only way it would have been the quintessential July Fourth experience (to me, at least) was if we had watched the fireworks while bobbing in the pool, with an outdoor kitchen close at hand to refresh our drinks. Really, so many homes have great outdoor spaces that when it comes to celebrating, you never need to go inside save for a trip to the lavatory.

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That’s what makes this North Richland Hills home so great. It’s out of the way but not too far in the fabulous Forrest Glen West subdivision, with three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and more than 3,200 square feet. Outside you’ll find a three-car garage, a saltwater pool, and a great pergola and outdoor kitchen for hosting your Fourth of July bash!

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This great traditional at 7929 Green Valley Drive is listed for a recently reduced $394,000 (down from $400,000) by Marcy Barkenmeyer of Keller Williams Realty. Built in 2004, the interiors are pristine and ready for a family to make it their own!

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The kitchen is great for entertaining with double ovens and a breakfast bar. And the family room is spacious and looks out to the huge backyard. You have formals and a study in this home, with a main-floor master suite and plenty of room for kids to stake their claim. Speaking of kids, the schools in North Richland Hills are excellent.

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But really, let’s talk about all the entertaining you’ll do in this huge, lovely backyard. There’s plenty of lawn for ladder toss, playing catch, or throwing a football around. There’s a lovely little saltwater pool and a huge patio, as well as a good-sized loggia and a pergola that covers your outdoor kitchen where you can grill burgers and dogs until dark!

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Wouldn’t you love to watch the fireworks from here?

A patio-loving  reader writes:

Hey Candy, I was curious if you could recommend a reputable company that specializes in building outdoor kitchens, stonework, etc. I am wanting pergola and an outdoor kitchen, with fire pit. I know you have so much involvement with real estate, I figured you may know a really good company for me! I learned the hard way several years ago during a disastrous bathroom remodel…from that moment on, I only deal with companies that someone highly recommends, with a great reputation. Thanks!

First of all, you have hit upon one of the very reasons why I created this blog: to celebrate and collect great vendors! ONLY really great vendors! All our advertisers are here by invitation only. A blog is kind of like your home; we invite in who we want! Like a small boutique, I have known these advertisers personally for years, and trust them enough to send them to our best friend, YOU! Outdoor kitchens and living areas are one of the hottest homeowner must-haves right now, both in new building and remodeling. With a mild Dallas winter like we’ve had, we can enjoy them year round plus they lower power bills in summer by taking cooking (and the mess) outdoors. Adding an outdoor kitchen/living space will most likely garner a positive return on your home, right agents?Grilled foods are healthier, but forget the food, if you have a spa, you’ll love having a warming drawer for keeping towels nice and toasty for those chilly eve dips! That warming drawer in your outdoor kitchen also comes in handy for holiday gatherings when everything in your inside kitchen is at capacity, and Kegorators can tap beer, or, simply serve as additional refrigeration when needed if no keg on tap! I think an outdoor kitchen with all the bells and whistles is a very smart move for your home!

Are buyers craving outside rooms decked out to the 9th degree? Does it really help add value to the home? And who might you recommend to get the job done? Inquiring real estate junkies want to know!  P.S. I’m putting a warming drawer in my bathroom…




This home on Livingston near Highland Park Village was first listed for $2.6, then lowered to $2.495. Now it’s leased. All is well and good, in fact, more than good. We have a happy landlord and a happy tenant who plans to put a swimming pool in the backyard.

That’s right, she’s leasing a $2.5 million dollar home that needs a pool, so she’s just putting one in herself. I mean, we are 70 days into triple digits!

The times, they are a changing!

The pool will be off this covered patio & outdoor kitchen.


My my we could fit the whole dang family in this gorgeous bedroom. This is how the folks live in Thousand Oaks, CA: 2500 White Stallion Road, great address, Westlake Village. 16,000 square feet, 23.48 acres — you will want horses — 7 bedrooms, 11 baths, formals out the wahzoo, media, pool, outdoor kitchen, all of it. $19,999,000.