The unsanctioned grilling season is underway, and one of the hottest trends is bringing the kitchen outdoors, factually. Once thought merely practical in warmer climates, outdoor kitchens in Michigan are heating up. Makers of high-end grills and outdoor appliances distributors, landscape companies and home builders have seen this trend grow.
Trevarrow, an Auburn Hills, Mich.-based distributor of Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances including ones for outdoors, has seen double-digit growth in its outdoor appliances business. Outdoor kitchens can include cooking areas with refrigerators and ice makers designed and built for outdoor use that cost several thousand dollars each. There also are shiny built-in stainless steel kitchen sinks and even dishwashers. They’re all designed to be weather resistant.