Did you know that a little over one hundred and twenty years ago, women had to clean two kitchens and cook in one of them depending on the time of year? It is true; most people had a "summer kitchen" and a "winter kitchen." The summer kitchen was a single-room structure built away from the house where all of the daily meals were made. It was called a summer kitchen because that is where all of the cooking in the hotter months took place. Doing it this way helped keep the main house much cooler, when the temperatures inside and out would skyrocket.

Nowadays, anyone can do the cooking, but most of the cooking is done indoors or outside on a grill, weather permitting. Yet, there is something so attractive about cooking in another space outside and away from the house. Keeping the house as cool as possible is definitely a perk, too. Here is why this seemingly antiquated idea is making a comeback, and how concrete products can help you get your very own summer kitchen outside.

Avoiding Any Cooking Indoors Helps Extend the Life of Your Air Conditioner

The biggest reason for a summer kitchen is that you can extend the life of your air cooling systems in your home. The energy-efficient reason is enough for anyone to avoid high costs of cooling his/her home in summer by taking all the cooking outside. Knowing that having a summer kitchen will help keep your home cool and your air cooling system running for years is enough of a reason to add this outdoor addition to your property.

Modern Summer Kitchens Are Extremely Attractive

Many modern summer kitchens are built on concrete slabs. You have a concrete brick roasting spit pit, space for a wood-fired pizza oven (also constructed of brick), counters made from marble or sleek, black granite on which to serve meals, and brick boxes in which to install garbage bins, metal drawers, and even wine coolers and refrigerators. All of these concrete products make these modern summer kitchens very sturdy, and very attractive indeed.

How to Get Your Very Own Summer Kitchen

First and foremost, you have to consult with a concrete contractor. He or she needs to measure the available yard space you have and find the underground power lines and/or gas lines, if they are present. Then a suitable U-shaped design or L-shaped design is created, the slab foundation poured, and the brick boxes for appliances are assembled. Finally, the appliances are installed, a few walls added, and the countertops of your choosing are installed too.