How much is an outdoor kitchen? Well, that all depends.
How much you’ll spend on your outdoor kitchen really depends on your style, and what you’re looking to do in your space. A typical outdoor kitchen can run anywhere between $3,000 to $15,000 and higher. Below are some basic, yet important items to consider to make sure you get the biggest bang from your budget, and add overall value to your home.
Your Outdoor Kitchen Function
How are you going to use your outdoor kitchen? Will you be using it primarily to cook burgers and gather with family and a couple of close friends? Or will you be hosting large, extravagant parties for your clients, neighbors and co-workers? Both? As your intuition may have already told you — simple gatherings require less, while larger parties will feel more comfortable and fun (for you and guests) with more outdoor amenities and features. Your main priority should be to make sure you’ve got enough space for people, and food prep! This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll be light years ahead of the game, and be able to keep more money in your pocket, if you can identify your needs before getting started on the design.
Outdoor Kitchen Appliances
Your outdoor kitchen functionality will greatly impact what kind of appliances you’ll need. While some people will require a simple grill and counter/cabinet space, others require refrigerators, sinks, pergolas, landscape lighting, fire and water features! Also, give some thought to your style. Are you fashion over function? Or do you seek affordable, yet smart solutions to your outdoor entertaining needs? If so, you may want to prioritize your spend on items such as your grill and stainless steel or high quality wood cabinets, rather than the entire kitchen sink (pun intended). You can find good-looking, high-quality products at a decent price, if you aren’t overly concerned with brand names.
Outdoor Kitchen Placement
What are you already working with? Do you have a patio you can build on? If so, this will save you a pretty penny!
If you are starting from ground zero, many professionals recommend keeping your outdoor kitchen as close to your indoor kitchen as possible – especially if you’re not planning to build a completely functional kitchen. Keeping these two areas close will be convenient when you are preparing food, or need to grab something from the refrigerator! If you are planning to build a fully-functioning outdoor kitchen, your placement options open up.
In any case, you’ll need to assess your utility situation to know whether you’ll need to add gas, water/drains and/ or electrical work to your plans. This can add quite a bit of cost to your outdoor kitchen, but will prove to be well worth the investment over time.
And, as always, be safe! Be sure to include a hood above your grill, or place it away from fire hazards. And understand what you are able to build based on your local codes and deed restrictions (if applicable).
If you don’t have all of the money to cover the costs for your outdoor kitchen at once, there are a few options worth exploring.
Credit card: Preferably a new one, with a 0% APR introductory period in which you are able to pay your loan back.
Personal loan: Some contractors and many online lenders are willing to extend loans for home improvements, and many times these can carry a lower interest rate than credit cards.
Home equity line of credit: This process may be a little more intense than the previous mentioned options. However with this, you may be able to get a low-interest rate and potentially write off the interest on your taxes.
If you’re interested in adding an outdoor kitchen to your home, contact us for a free custom quote!