How Much Does it Cost to Build an Outdoor Kitchen?

The average cost to build an outdoor kitchen is $4,389.00 (based on 48 cost profiles).  The minimum cost is $970.00 and the maximum cost is $11,743.00.  Most homeowners spend  between $3,535.00 – $5,243.00.

An outdoor kitchen can become the centerpiece of your warm weather entertaining. When designing an outdoor kitchen the sky is the limit in terms of design, but that doesn’t mean that’s true in terms of your budget! Here are a few things to consider that will affect the price you pay to install an outdoor kitchen.

It’s all about the grill

The centerpiece of most outdoor kitchens is the grill! Here is the place where you should focus your energy, since once you have chosen the perfect grill, all the other components will be based around its design and placement. A high end gas grill may be the most expensive way to go, but will likely offer the most flexibility in how you want to use your outdoor kitchen. Some homeowners prefer the traditional coal grill for the smoky flavor it gives foods and for the money saving costs. Others like the ambiance of an open flame or fire pit, although that will be limiting in terms of its cooking abilities.

Other components

As with any kitchen, indoor or out, the components you choose to add will affect the price for better or worse. Do you want countertops in your outdoor kitchen? Keep in mind even if the area is covered, this kitchen will get more exposure to heat, sun, moisture, and cold. Outdoor tiles or stainless steel may be more expensive, but they will stand the test of time in an outdoor kitchen better than less sturdy materials.

Do you need extra storage outdoors? If so, you may want to install cabinets or other shelving. Once again, keep in mind the outdoor elements and choose durable materials like stainless steel or woods that hold up against moisture.If you choose to have a refrigerator in your outdoor kitchen, most people opt for a small under the counter version. Since an outdoor kitchen is as much about ambiance as it is about function, a larger refrigerator can be an eyesore. A small stainless steel fridge for drinks, or food waiting to be grilled is usually the perfect companion piece.
Sink?

Some people want a sink as part of their outdoor kitchen and some do not. This is a question of personal taste, but if you think you may be working with raw meat before they go on to the grill, a small sink is a great thing to have for the sake of cleanliness and convenience.

Installation

Depending what you have installed, you may need to consider adding additional electric, gas and water lines to serve your new outdoor kitchen. This will add considerably to the cot of the installation, but will be well worth it in the end.

– Adapted from Home Sense Home Advisor June 2014 Newsletter

 

Outdoor Rooms: Enhance Your Outdoor Living – From HomeAdvisor Newsletter

Want to add some extra living space to your home —just reclaim that unused  space outside. Outdoor rooms are becoming very popular, and not just in warm  weather climates. Homeowners are remodeling their decks and patios into  small—and full-scale—outdoor kitchens, dining, and entertaining areas. They’re  even upgrading their electrical and plumbing systems to accommodate outdoor  lighting and outdoor showers and sinks.

While building an outdoor living area isn’t as involved as adding a new room  to your house, it does require a fair amount of planning. Before you can begin  picking out appliances or tile, you need to ask yourself a few questions:

  • What do I want to use this room for? Cooking? Entertaining? Relaxing?
  • What is my budget?
  • Do I need to build overhead protection in the form of a shade, a pergola, or  even extending the roof?
  • Will my plan require additional plumbing?
  • Will my plan require additional electrical circuits?
  • Will I need a building permit?

 

Entertaining: Outdoor Kitchens, Outdoor Dining

Even with a small budget you can create an enjoyable outdoor room for dining  and entertaining. The obvious first step is to add a deck or patio in your yard.  But, once you have this accomplished, there are a great many ways you can outfit  this room.

Let’s start with the kitchen. There are three basics to any outdoor kitchen:  grilling area, food prep area and sink and, of course, dining area. Unless you  have an extravagant budget to work with, the grill is a good basis for most  outdoor kitchens.

But, before you can even begin cooking you will want to have a food  preparation area. For many homeowners, a simple counter space will suffice for  this. It is, however, important to remember that the counter either needs to be  able to handle the weather or well–protected by roof covering. Another basic  necessity for food preparation is an outdoor sink. This will also come in handy  when it’s time to rinse those dishes off.

Perhaps the most important aspect of your outdoor kitchen is the dining area,  as this is where you will relax and entertain. Be sure to choose a location on  your deck that is comfortable. If you’re eating during the daytime you’re not  going to want the sun beating down on you or your food. A tabletop umbrella, a  pergola, or even large trees will do the trick.

Basics: Grill, sink, prep area Extras: Mini-fridge, bar  area, outdoor fireplace Luxury items: Dishwasher, stove top

Relaxing: Sleeping Porches, Gazebos, Outdoor Saunas

For many homeowners, relaxing in nature is as close as their own backyard.  Turning to their yards as a haven from the rest of the world, homeowners are  going even further than stringing up hammocks these days. Sleeping porches,  gazeboes and even outdoor saunas are now common features in backyards.

Whichever your relaxation method of choice, an important consideration in any  outdoor room is protection from the elements. In addition to shade from the sun  or even a light rain, consider erecting screens or other wind breaks on  wall-less structures.

Furniture is another consideration. Weatherproof wicker and wood are popular  choices and much more elegant than plastic. Even furniture you wouldn’t  traditionally find outdoors can be outfitted to survive in nature. Outdoor beds,  for instance, can be covered in water-repellant materials or taken inside during  bad weather.

Another popular trend in outdoor relaxing is the outdoor sauna. Traditional  sauna-lovers will also insist that a soaking pool is necessary to take a cold  plunge afterwards.

Basics: Shade, traditional outdoor furniture Extras:  Outdoor saunas, spas and showers Luxury item: Outdoor bed

Deck  Installation Project Guide If you enjoyed this article, check out our  free Deck  Installation Guide, which features expert advice, design & material  comparisons, and custom price estimates for your remodeling project.

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10 Easy Upgrades to Add Style & Value to Your Home

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make the biggest difference in the value and appeal of your home. Whether you’re trying to sell your home of just spruce up the place, here are 10 easy ways to get started.

  1. Update hardware on cabinets and drawers
  2. Replace towels and rugs in the bathroom(s)
  3. Add overhead lighting or wall sconces to brighten rooms
  4. Declutter small spaces and closets with DIY storage kits
  5. Wash or power wash the exterior of your home (especially windows)
  6. Add area rugs to throw in a hint of color
  7. Hang a mirror in small rooms to give the illusion of more space
  8. A fresh coat of paint on walls and trim brighten any room
  9. Try a fresh new color on your front door for character
  10. Mow and mulch your lawn even in the cooler months

Make a plan. Set a budget. Get started!

from AHS “Inside & Out” Newsletter

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Add Style & Value to Your Home with these 10 Easy & Quick Upgrades

Whether you are trying to sell your home or spruce it up, little things can make a big difference!

  1. Update hardware on cabinets and drawers
  2. Replace towels and rugs in the bathroom(s)
  3. Add overhead lighting or wall sconces to brighten rooms
  4. Declutter small spaces and closets with DIY storage kits
  5. Wash or power wash the exterior of your home (especially windows)
  6. Add area rugs to throw in a hint of color
  7. Hang a mirror in small rooms to give the illusion of more space
  8. A fresh coat of paint on walls and trim brighten any room
  9. Try a fresh new color on your front door for character
  10. Mow and mulch your lawn even in the cooler months

Make a plan – set a budget – get started!

Adapted from American Home Shield “Inside and Out” January 2011 issue

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Go Green with Bamboo

The Power of Bamboo
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant in the world with certain varieties that grow a foot or more per day. Their stalks reach maturity in only three to six years—decades less than the maturity rate of a traditional North American hardwood. Plus, a single bamboo stalk can be harvested multiple times since it regenerates after cutting.
Bamboo is by far one of the easiest and most affordable ways to go green in and around your home. Consider top bamboo products when you’re ready to upgrade, replenish or replace:

Bamboo Floors
Bamboo flooring has gained popularity as an environmentally sustainable building material that is stronger than most hardwoods. Its durability, cost and status as a green building material make it an attractive choice for many homeowners. It’s sleek, durable and stylish, at a great price.

Bamboo Fencing
Bamboo fences are probably the most practical, effective and sustainable type of fencing. They can be easily mended, cut and bent. They’re also durable and flexible, holding strong even when tested against high winds. Bamboo fences are naturally antibacterial, which means mold and mildew are avoided.

Countertops
Bamboo countertops are hard, durable and bring warmth to your kitchen. A uniquely renewable source, bamboo’s natural resistance to bacteria makes it ideal for the kitchen. The product can be finished with natural mineral oil, beeswax or linseed oil, for protection and easier cleaning (who couldn’t use that?).

Furniture
Considering new furniture for inside or outside your home? Take a look at the many bamboo products on the market. You’ll find that nearly anything can be made from bamboo including chairs, tables, sofas, beds and more. There’s a vast array of styles, colors and designs that are totally affordable. The fun side of bamboo is its flexibility, allowing furniture makers to get create unique and refreshing designs that are harder to achieve with traditional hardwood.

Blinds
Not only are bamboo blinds popular for their aesthetically pleasing looks—they’re energy efficient, durable, inexpensive and easy to maintain. Bamboo blinds are very suitable as window blinds because they have a very low heat absorption rate.  They keep a low temperature in the house during summer and help keep the heat inside during the winter.  You can also use bamboo blinds and shades for room dividers or door screens as well. Best of all, they’re surprisingly affordable.

As you consider options for going green in your home, try implementing bamboo anywhere you can. The floors are durable, the countertops are beautiful, the fabrics are soft and the price is just right.

From American Home Shield “Inside & Out” April 2011 issue

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