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Outdoor Kitchen Cost Guide

Even where the scenery is beautiful and there is lots of outdoor seating, a home's deck, patio or porch may be underused. One of the best ways to encourage family, friends and guests to spend more time enjoying the fresh air is to craft an outdoor kitchen. This might sound like a lofty goal, but it is possible to customize the space to fit anyone's needs, style and budget. This cost guide can help homeowners better understand the various expenses associated with setting up their very own outdoor kitchen.

National Build an Outdoor Kitchen Costs

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National Build an Outdoor Kitchen Costs
Average reported cost $13,503
Number of Cost Profiles 72 cost profiles
Minimum reported cost $900
Maximum reported cost $144,000
Most homeowners spent between: $2,696 to $10,007

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Outdoor Countertops

One of the ways that a basic barbecue grill transforms into a integral part of an outdoor kitchen is through the installation of a new countertop. In many outdoor kitchens, this will be the biggest expense. However, it is wonderful to have the space for food preparation next to the grill or cooking area, and it also clearly marks the space as a kitchen and dining locale. The price of buying and installing a countertop can vary substantially depending on the size of the project and the materials used. On average, homeowners should expect to pay somewhere between $3,360 and $5,070.

Plumbing Services

A big decision that homeowners will need to make when planning and creating their outdoor kitchen is whether running water is a priority. Although having a sink and potable water on hand isn't necessary, it can be nice so that cleaning up after dinner is a breeze. However, including running water and a sink will definitely increase the overall price of the outdoor kitchen. Plumbing services average at $350, but it may be possible to negotiate depending on the size of the project you have.

Outdoor Grills

Another major aspect of an outdoor kitchen is some kind of heat source for the cooking. At the lowest end of the price spectrum are stand-alone grills, either coal or electric, most of which are available for well under $1,000. However, those who have the budget to indulge in higher-quality models may choose to invest in a larger grill, one that includes roasting racks or one that has a flat grill on the side to serve as a stovetop.

Tables and Seating

Even with a countertop, running water and a grill, the space won't be an effective outdoor kitchen until there are tables and chairs for guests to relax and enjoy their freshly-prepared meals. This expense is minimal, and it can vary by budget. A general guideline is to expect to pay roughly $100 for each person that will use the space. For a table and chair set that seats six, for example, $600 would be a reasonable estimate.

All of the elements listed above are merely suggestions for the creation of an outdoor kitchen. Some families have created a wonderful living space with a grill for under $1,000, and others have spent over $50,000 full with amenities like outdoor tv enclosures, fireplaces, and furniture to create an amazing area for entertaining guests in any weather.

Last updated on Aug 18, 2016

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