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How Much Does an Outdoor Kitchen Cost?

Author: Brian Eckert

Outdoor Kitchen Prices

Outdoor kitchens originated in the Mediterranean and have become increasingly popular in the United States. An outdoor kitchen can be many things, from a simple grill enclosure to a completely outfitted cooking and dining area with a cook top, refrigerator, sink and many other options. Depending on how complex you want to make your outdoor kitchen, it could be considered a second kitchen and significantly contribute to the retail value of your home. In fact, some outdoor kitchens can add up to 130% of their cost to a purchase price.

Outdoor Kitchen Costs

There is no simple answer for how much an outdoor kitchen will cost. It could be as cheap as $3,000 for a setup including a grill, counter and patio all the way up to $30,000 to $40,000 for an elaborate layout with top-quality materials and appliances to $100,000+ for a truly magisterial design. However, a safe bet is that a modest outdoor kitchen design will run roughly $3,000 to $15,000.

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Some design features to consider are:

  • A Grill - The centerpiece of your outdoor kitchen will be the grill. This should be the first piece you select and all other elements will be built around it. The most popular choices are charcoal and gas. For a grass grill, expect to pay $1,000 to $4,000+. Some homeowners may opt for an outdoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit which is used as both a congregation place and a cooking surface, or even a traditional oven or outdoor pizza oven. A fancy outdoor grill that is built in to a brick or stone fireplace can be upwards of $2,500-$7,000 for a retail unit and up to $20,000 for a custom design grillmaster’s dream grill.
  • Countertops - After you’ve chosen an outdoor kitchen grill you’re ready to pick out some countertops. Homeowners have many of the same options for outdoor kitchen countertops as they do with indoor kitchens, but bear in mind the outdoor ones need to account for weather. Stainless steel, cement and porcelain are common choices, as are stucco, tile and even plastic. Just be sure to cover your countertops with a protective surface to keep them looking new and beautiful. This will help protect your outdoor countertops against moisture and temperature change.
  • Cabinets - If you want some extra storage space, consider installing some cabinets. A good choice for weatherproof cabinets is those made of masonry block and finished in stucco or tile. For a cheaper option, try concrete cabinets.
  • A Sink - Most people go with a stainless steel sink for their outside kitchen that only run cold water, but hot water is certainly an option. You can pick up a cheap stainless steel sink for under $100.
  • Refrigerator - The most popular choice here is a small, under-counter unit for holding beverages and meats ready for the grill. Expect to pay around $400 to $1,000.
  • Other options: - For those home owners for whom price is no consideration, you may include custom flooring, a high-definition television, DVD, and entertainment unit, a deck, pool and/or hot tub. The sky is the limit. If you can dream it up, the right contractor can install it.
  • Homeowners need to consider additional electric, gas and water lines depending on what has been installed in their outdoor kitchen. For a plumber, you’ll pay around $55 to $85 dollars per hour. For an electrician, it could be anywhere from $45 to $65 per hour.
  • Shopping For An Outdoor Kitchen?

  • For some outdoor kitchen ideas, have a look at Outdoor Kitchens By Design.
  • When hiring a contractor to do the job, try to get at least three price estimates before making a final choice. Ask to see a portfolio of similar jobs they have completed and if possible, visit the home in person.

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