An outdoor kitchen can be a great idea if you and your family loves the outdoors, if you want to connect with your neighbors, or if you just enjoy quiet weekend evening barbecues and a lively party atmosphere at home. The question on the minds of a lot of homeowners, however, is whether or not building an outdoor kitchen is actually worth the expense.
First of all, let’s take a look at the actual expense that’s involved in the construction of an averagely priced outdoor kitchen. The grill is the centerpiece here, so if you get a large and powerful gas grill that costs a lot of money, then the price of your entire kitchen will go up. Typically, however, the average cost will be kept somewhere between $2,000 and $15,000.
Special weatherproof countertops, as well as cabinets and shelves designed for proper storage will add to the expense, should you get them. Finally, you might also want a kitchen sink, and the total cost of installation – should you consider bringing in a professional contractor – will make the cost even higher.
Keeping these expenses into account and adding any other appliances, such as a large pizza oven, will provide you with the total cost of your outdoor kitchen. You will also need to consider the expense of landscaping around your outdoor kitchen, however if you have drought tolerant grass laid that will be a savings later down the road. Considering the benefits of freeing up indoor space, saving thousands of dollars on restaurant meals over time, and gaining you access to some invaluable connections with neighbors and work colleagues, the amount you can expend to spend on your outdoor kitchen will be well worth it.