Back in the day, most patios and decks had a simple barbeque and some modest outdoor furniture to entertain guests and friends. But many homeowners today desire the ideal outdoor entertainment area that will accommodate a variety of cooking needs as well as the perfect place to relax and catch up with loved ones.
Today’s modern outdoor kitchens comes fully equipped with state-of-the-art built-in barbeques, customized cabinets, tile work, sinks, and refrigerators – a chef’s dream.
However, a top-of-the-line outdoor kitchen can set you back as much as $10,000 or more if you really want the works, depending on which appliances and materials you use. Adding a refrigerator and sink can increase the overall price dramatically due to the inevitable expense of wiring and plumbing. On the other hand, if you want a relatively simple outdoor kitchen with a modest countertop and built-in barbeque, a somewhat reasonable budget will cover the costs.
For starters, here’s a list of some of the most popular features that many homeowners want to incorporate into their outdoor kitchens:
- Barbeque grill
- Pizza oven
- Fire pit
- Stylish prep surface
- Comfortable seating
- Tables and stools
- Ceiling fan
- Food storage
- Trellis or pavilion
How you intend to create your perfect outdoor kitchen will require careful planning and implementation. Here’s some tips to get you started in the right direction.
- Make the barbeque your top priority:
Ideally, the barbecue should be the star of your outdoor kitchen, especially if you do a great deal of entertaining and enjoy cooking; invest the best possible quality. For most families, a model that has 4 – 6 burners is usually enough. If you intend to roast meat in your barbeque, a rotisserie and hood are handy features to have as well as a temperature gauge and side burner.
- Prefabrication VS Customization:
Today, many hardware stores like Bayside BBQ Outdoor Centre, Beef Eater, Shriro, are offering convenient prefabricated outdoor kitchens that come complete with all the bells and whistles, including the barbecue itself, granite countertops, and sinks. The advantage is that if you ever sell your home, your prefabricated outdoor kitchen can move with you and only costs around $2,000. Alternatively, customized outdoor kitchens are generally not portable, are usually more expensive, but often have a more polished, high-style look overall.
- High-quality Countertops are Worth the Price:
When creating your perfect outdoor kitchen, it’s crucial to select resilient, durable materials that won’t deteriorate at the first sign of bad weather. Stainless steel, granite, and composite stone are all considered outstanding outdoor countertop choices since they’re hard-wearing, easy to clean, and look great.
Wood is another good choice, but takes a great deal more work to maintain overall. If you want a more affordable countertop option, try a waterproof laminate instead that’s conducive for the outdoor elements and much easier on your wallet.
- Don’t Forget the Lighting:
Adequate lighting is essential whether it’s an indoor or outdoor kitchen. How will you impress your friends with your one-of-a-kind recipes if you can’t even see what you’re cooking? Integrate good lighting in both the cooking and eating areas.
- Plumb for Running Water:
If you want the convenience and luxury of having a sink, budget your money for the plumbing expense. This can add a significant amount of money to your overall costs, depending on the amount of labor involved. If you’re in the process of new home construction, ask your contractor about the outdoor kitchen plumbing during the building process. It can save you money in the end.
Remember, outdoor kitchens have been around since cavemen first discovered fire to cook their dinner, and has continued to be a tradition won’t be ending anytime soon. So, why not have the best barbecue ever? Your ancestors would be proud.
Author bio: Matt Milstead is a blogger who likes to write about home remodeling and renovation and share his tips based on personal experience in home improvement.