Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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MORE than 80 percent of remodelers say they completed at least one outdoor living project in the previous year, accord- ing to a survey from Qualified Remodeler's 2018 Outdoor Planning Guide. Thirty-six percent of the respondents cited an outdoor kitchen (grill, countertop, appliances and cabinetry) as a most- requested element, just behind shading structures and fire pits/fireplaces. If homeowners ask for an outdoor living space, they typically want to include an outdoor kitchen because of the added convenience. They have a desire to spend more time outside, so shuttling between the house and their newfound living area would defeat that purpose. The ability to carry out tasks they could only execute in the main kitchen saves valuable time and increases the return on their investment. Product manufacturers also offer a wider va- riety of options for customers who pursue an out- door kitchen now versus several years ago. Kamado grills, pizza ovens and undercounter refrigerators Cooking Up the Kitchen With more products available than ever before, remodelers need to be even more deliberate in their planning of an outdoor galley. by Kyle Clapham Photo: Tre Dunham QR OUTDOORS 42 February 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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