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leizsure, Home Buyer in Saint James, NY

what is a summer kitchen?

Asked by leizsure, Saint James, NY Sat Aug 25, 2012

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Generally in Suffolk County it's going to refer to a second kitchen on a lower level often times near the access to the yard.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 6, 2014
Because so many homes have extended their living space outside, you'll also see a lot of outdoor kitchens and chimineas (sp?) with exquisite patio furniture. Like someone else mentioned, these kitchens are outside so preparing food there doesn't overheat the home (a nod to being energy efficient). The point I wanted to include, however, was that outdoor / summer kitchens may appeal to some buyers, but don't renovate a property to include or to add on an outdoor kitchen if you're worried about resale value.
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While all these answers are correct, I think Bill has nailed it for the most contemporary answer. Outdoor kitchens with a gas grill, fridge and sink are very popular these days to keep the heat outside and enjoy the great outdoors when the weather permits. We see a lot of them down here, where it is always summer.
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The other term referring to this contemporary lifestyle convenience is deemed politically incorrect. But saying 'Man Kitchen' always brings a smile.
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In northeastern Pa, a 'Summer Kitchen' is usually associated with a farm house built prior to the Civil War, which as an "out building" behind the main house, used as a kitchen during the summer months. Summer kitchens often had brick ovens in them, while within the main house large walk-in fireplaces were used for cooking in the kitchen. Remember, this is before caste iron ovens were popular. A summer kitchen was helpful because it would avoid having to have a fire within the main house during the hot summer months, and also cut down the risk of fire destroying the main house. Summer kitchens were typically rectangular, perhaps 12'x18', or 14'x20', and were made with the same material as the main house (ex. stone or brick.) They almost all had chimneys, which was the give-away that they were being used for cooking.
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good afternoon..........
hope your summer is going nicely.....

commonly a 'summer kitchen' is a way to describe a home that has a second kitchen on a lower level..
come on your mom never made the meatballs or the fish downstairs..??
just kidding..
sometimes used for extended families as well all living together..
does this help..?

please contact me if you need help with your home search..

hope you have a wonderful day..

Lisa Palermo

Coldwell Banker Residential
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 27, 2012
Depends on it's context--it could refer to a lower level kitchen, oftentimes are not permitted by local municipalities; or an outside patio cooking area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 26, 2012
By today's definition, a summer kitchen is an area normally associated with a location outside of the home that is under cover but equipped for preparing meals....keeping the heat out of the inside living space.

Hope this helps.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012

Hope all is well in NY. The basement kitchen is one thought. I have also seen this term used out west here for an elaborate patio or deck which includes all that you need to cook, barbeque and entertain outside as you would in your indoor kitchen. It is cooler and more convenient than 'slaving over a hot stove' inside on a 90-plus degree day. Hope that helps.

Robert McGuire ASR
Your Castle Real Estate
Direct - 303-669-1246
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Aug 25, 2012
Good afternoon leizsure,

Wow, that's an old-fashioned term we don't hear all that often anymore! A "Summer Kitchen" is a kitchen installed on a lower level or basement of a Single Family home. The concept comes out of a time when air conditioning wasn't as prevalent as it is today. To cook a big family meal during the Summer downstairs was a lot more comfortable on the occupants of the home than using the regular kitchen on the main floor of the house.

The legality of such kitchens should be verified with the municipality in the area where you are shopping for your home. Often these "Summer Kitchens" are not legally installed and a Homeowner could be subject to violations and/or fines.

Trevor Curran
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PowerHouse Solutions, Inc.
185 Great Neck Rd, Suite 240
Great Neck NY 11021
Licensed Mortgage Banker – NYS Dept. of Financial Services
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