Why are outdoor kitchens so expensive?

Why are outdoor kitchens so expensive?

The invention of the outdoor kitchen has revolutionized the joy of entertaining guests outdoors.  No longer is cooking on the grill interrupted by repeated runs in and out of the house to get more supplies, grab things out of the fridge or wash your hands in the sink.  Outdoor kitchens bring all the necessary appliances outside meaning you have instant access to a sink, fridge, stove top as well as your barbecue grill.  And although an outdoor kitchen will undoubtedly increase the value of your house, they don’t usually come very cheap.  In this article, we’ll go over the various components of the typical outdoor kitchen and describe what comprises the majority of the cost when it comes to installation.

What Do Outdoor Kitchens Cost?

The cost of your outdoor kitchen will come down to the size you’re looking for, the number of components you want to include as well as the quality of these appliances.  It’s very possible to set up an outdoor kitchen by giving old indoor appliances a new lease on life by bringing them outside.  And while this is okay for things like fridges, you’ll want to ensure you won’t create an electrical hazard by using indoor appliances outside. 

If you want to install a basic outdoor kitchen, you can easily get away with a grill and countertop sink with a small bar fridge.  This could cost you less than a few thousand dollars.  Although you can also go high end and spend tens of thousands of dollars.  Deciding on the pieces you include will depend on the functionality you’re looking for, the quality of the appliances and the amount of building and plumbing work that would need to be done previous to installation.

Grill Planning

Of course, your cooking area will be the centrepiece of your new outdoor kitchen.  Deciding how large a grill you’ll need will depend on the number of people you plan on entertaining.  If you only expect to cook for yourself and your family, you can get away with a much smaller grill than if you plan to have regular multi-family parties.  You can also get grills that have extra burners that work well with pots and pans.  Another thing you might want to consider is running a gas line from your house directly to your grill.  This will remove the need for refilling propane tanks and ensure that you never run out of fuel in the middle of cooking.

As mentioned, if you’re planning on upgrading your kitchen fridge and the old one still works fine, hauling it outside could give it a second life.  You might also want to consider purchasing an outdoor fridge, especially for your new kitchen.  Depending on your circumstances, a small bar fridge might be appropriate, although a full sized fridge will allow you to store more food and drinks outdoors.  To save on energy costs you might want to consider unplugging the fridge when it’s not in use and only plug it in in advance of an upcoming social gathering.

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