Sure, there are some common designs, but how your outdoor kitchen turns out ultimately is only limited by your budget and your imagination. It’s your kitchen, so build it the way you want. The more creative you get, the more it will cost you in time and money. An outdoor kitchen can cost from as little as just $3,000 to over $15,000—the cost of a really nice indoor kitchen. Whether you’re looking to do it yourself, or hire someone else to do the job, here are some tips that you might find useful.
Consider Your Budget
As stated above, it can get really expensive—really fast—when it comes to building an outdoor kitchen. Without having a budget, it’s a lot easier to spend too much. That’s why it’s important to have a budget and to always consider your budget.
If adding something, or doing something will add too much to your costs and break the budget, it might be worthwhile to consider a different option or even toss out that idea entirely. Get some estimates and see if it will work with your budget.
Determine What Type of Cooking You Will Be Doing
What kind of cooking do you plan to use your outdoor kitchen for? Is it just to grill? Knowing how you plan to use your kitchen will allow you to decide if you need that extra cooktop, or even that sink.
If you’re just going to do basic grilling then a sink might not be needed at all. Skipping the sink and avoiding all that plumbing that is needed can sure cut back on costs.
Basic grilling doesn’t require any additional cooking accessories like an extra cook top. Adding one will just cost you more money and more time. Knowing if you will need it will help you say to unnecessary appliances and accessories. Only choose to add what you will really need.
Eating Outside or Inside?
Do you have plans to eat outside whenever you use the outdoor kitchen? Or you do only plan to cook outside and then enjoy inside?
Most people will be enjoying that food outside. After all, what is the purpose of cooking outside and then bringing it inside. One of the reasons to build an outdoor kitchen in the first place is so you can the outside.
Well, if you’re going to be eating outside often, some extra counter space for eating would be nice. Maybe even some stools, or a table and benches would be nice. Of course, that’s all entirely up to you.
Are You Planning to Host Large Gatherings Often?
If you are, you’ll want to consider building a bigger outdoor kitchen. You might even want to add a second grill or other cooking accessories like a cook top.
But if you don’t plan on parties too often, then a smaller design will work just fine; even if you have the occasional gathering here and there.
These are just some things to consider and tips to help you decide what you need. By considering these, you won’t end up with something that just doesn’t feel quite sufficient in the future. Of course, you can always add on to the kitchen, so all the decisions don’t have to be done right away.