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Outdoor Kitchen Construction Cost



Your outdoor kitchen construction costs can vary depending on what you plan to do, how much work you put in yourself and the materials you choose. An outdoor kitchen can be fairly inexpensive to put together or it can range into the hundreds of thousands of dollars for a large, luxury entertaining area. It all depends on how much space you have, what you want and how much you can afford.

If you're an experienced do-it-your-selfer, you can save yourself a lot of money on labor. While you may need to do it slowly when you have extra time, eventually your outdoor kitchen will be finished and ready to be enjoyed by all.

Outdoor Kitchen Cost Breakdown

A typical small outdoor kitchen construction job may take up to 50 hours to build if you are experienced. By the time you buy all your construction materials and your grill, sinks, fixtures and such, you may be looking at a price tag of around $3000. That's not bad, when you consider your typical indoor kitchen remodel is around $50,000.

If you want a little more elaborate outdoor kitchen construction that includes a patio for entertaining, you'll need more space to store more equipment as well as pay more attention to the aesthetics of the area, like lighting and landscaping.

If you have decorating skills, you can still save yourself a chunk of money by doing it yourself. If you don't, you may want to hire a designer or contractor to help out. By including a patio cover, countertops, a grill and other accoutrements, your project could range from $10,000 to $30,000. Still a bargain when you compare it to the typical indoor remodel.

If you have the space and the budget, you can design a luxury outdoor kitchen. You'd probably want to hire a designer and get all the bells and whistles for a luxury kitchen, including a wine chiller, a wood-fired pizza oven and even a large plasma television! Outdoor luxury kitchens can cost from $65,000 up to $100,000 or more.

To break down where some of this money goes for outdoor kitchen construction, let's take a look at a few of the components needed in your outdoor kitchen. Your grill can cost anywhere from $150 to $5000 or more, depending on the type and size you choose. You'll want to weigh your budget with what you want to accomplish with the grill to find the one that is right for you.

Outdoor Kitchen Cabinets

You'll need cabinets, not only to store your equipment in, but to provide counter space for food preparation. You can choose various materials for your cabinets from polymer to stainless steel to masonry. Polymer base cabinets with doors of full-height will range from $500 to $1000. Grill base polymer cabinets may range from $1200 to $2400, depending on the size you need.

Stainless steel cabinets can range from $1000 to $1600 for a full-door base cabinet. Cabinets with two drawers range from $1400 to $2200. Masonry will probably require a custom estimate.

When choosing your cabinets, you'll want to weigh their durability, the quality of the hardware like drawer slides, hinges, etcetera and accessibility. Some come with adjustable legs so you can level out your cabinets when the ground is less than perfect.

Outdoor Kitchen Equipment

If you want other amenities, consider that a refrigerator will probably set you back between $1000 and $2000, a sink with a built-in bar may add another $1300 and access doors on your cabinets may add an additional $300 per set.

If you are working with contractors, it is typical for them to divide jobs that cost $30,000 or less into two payments, with half down and the other half due upon completion. For larger jobs, they may divide it into three payments.

While all these numbers may seem rather large and scary, adding an outdoor kitchen can vastly add to the value of your house. Increasing your home's value adds to your equity and resale value. Outdoor kitchens are the most popular method of investing in your home today.


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