Outdoor kitchens are becoming more popular among homeowners as an additional space to entertain and cook. Taking all of the cooking, cleaning, and entertaining outdoors during the summer months is much more appealing, for everyone, than being crowded indoors.
Outdoor kitchens can range in their pricing due to the size, the number of appliances, and specific appliance brands that you choose to install. If you’re thinking about creating your own outdoor kitchen, it’s best to have a budget set before you begin or else you could end up spending more than you anticipated. Read on to learn more about how much it costs to create an outdoor kitchen.
Planning and Design
When it comes to planning and designing your outdoor kitchen, the cost is free. This space is going to belong to and be used by you, so you should design and create it as your own. Choose a layout, size, and appliances that you believe you will use and will work best with your space. Of course, if you have no idea how to plan or design such a space, a pro will be more than willing to assist.
The price of your outdoor kitchen can vary drastically depending on whether you are considering a basic or luxury build. A basic outdoor kitchen includes a patio with a grill and countertop. On average, a basic kitchen can cost anywhere from $2000-$10,000.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to invest more money and considering an outdoor luxury kitchen, the sky’s the limit. A luxury outdoor kitchen includes more amenities, a larger space with high-end appliances and more of them (think sink and fridge). On average, the cost of a luxury kitchen can run around $50,000-$100,000.
The bulk of the final cost of your outdoor kitchen will be dedicated to the appliances. A lot of money can be saved if you opt for the basic kitchen, but the luxury kitchen will provide more comfort and functions. The choice is up to you and what works best for your home.
The average cost of a grill can range from $200-$4000, however, the grill is one of the appliances that you shouldn’t cut costs on. With the kitchen being outdoors, you’re going to want to purchase a product that will last through all the outdoor elements. You’re better spending more initially and have it last longer than spending less and having to replace it after a couple of years.
If you are installing a basic kitchen, then your countertop space may just be the space provided from the grill. However, if you want more room, or are opting for the luxury kitchen then you are going to spend some more money. On average, you can look to spend around $70 per square foot of countertop material and installation. Your price will also depend on the material used.
You do not need to include a full-size fridge in your design. It is most common to put a fridge in the island or countertop space to hold beverages. Since it is only for beverages, you only need a bar fridge which you can get on average for $500. Some people will not even have a fridge, but rather a built-in cooler where you can throw ice and drinks in for the day or night to stay cold while you’re entertaining.
If you choose to include a sink, which is a wise choice, you can look to spend anywhere from $500-$1200. Depending on the size, the price will vary. Sinks are a great addition that helps prevent running back and forth inside to rinse dishes or have access to water.
Keg Dispenser and/or Wine Fridge
Not all outdoor kitchens include a kegerator or wine fridge, but it is common. Adding additional storage for beverages can take away having to utilize other storage areas for drinks. A keg dispenser can run from $700-$2000 and a wine fridge can be anywhere from $500-$2000.
The cost of appliances can range drastically, it all depends on the size and brand that you decide. It is important to keep in mind that these will be housed outdoors, being exposed to weather, so be sure to get the appropriate appliances that will be able to withstand outdoor elements.
The location of your outdoor kitchen will affect the final cost. For example, if you have a pre-existing patio where you are placing the kitchen, then you will not have to build a patio. Also, if you are building the kitchen close to the home, you may avoid the need to run new electric, gas, and water lines. If you are setting it back in the landscape, new lines are going to need to be installed at an additional cost.
As mentioned, if you have no pre-existing patio or space for the kitchen to sit on, one will have to be constructed, adding to the overall costs. Putting the whole project together you can expect these costs for each aspect of the project: general construction $5000-$12,000, appliances and installation $2000-$5000, finished with brick or another masonry $400-$600 per linear foot.
All of the costs mentioned above are an average and your kitchen may cost way less or way more depending on your decisions. Either route you take, the addition of an outdoor kitchen, no matter how small or big, is a great way to utilize your outdoor space to entertain and enjoy the weather. Connect with a pro to get a quote and create your new outdoor kitchen area today.