Hardware Retailing

FEB 2019

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February 2019 | HARDWARE RETAILING 63 63 February 2019 | HARDWARE RETAILING Take It Outside T he sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the smell of meat and vegetables cooking wafts through the air. This may seem like the scene of a vacation getaway, but for many homeowners, it's a yearlong reality now that outdoor kitchens and living spaces have become popular home improvement projects. In fact, 1 in 10 outdoor renovators invests in outdoor kitchen equipment, such as grills, special cookers, built-in cabinetry, sinks and appliances, according to the 2017 U.S. Houzz Landscape Trends Study. For a designer's perspective on these trends and why retailers should consider selling this home improvement project, Hardware Retailing spoke to Michael Erickson, co-owner of Inside Out Kitchen and Bath, a construction company that serves homeowners throughout Florida's west coast. "Homeowners I work with want to be outside while also being able to enjoy the comforts of the indoors," Erickson says. "My company helps them by designing a space that is an extension of their home and flows from the inside out. Homeowners want to entertain, cook and enjoy their space, and I help them achieve those goals." Read on to learn the four main trends displayed in today's outdoor kitchen and the products that make the space desirable. Discover how you can incorporate these types of products into your outdoor lawn and garden departments to gain these customers. Must-Have Elements of an Outdoor Kitchen

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