You will find built-in-barbecues, sinks, bar fridges and tailor-made cabinets in the latest outdoor kitchens.
An outdoor kitchen can cost anywhere between $2,000 and $10,000, depending on the appliances and materials used. Installing a fridge or a sink can significantly raise the cost, as you need to include the cost of wiring and plumbing.
But if you are building a relatively simple outside kitchen with a bench top and built-in barbecue, you can expect to finish it at a reasonable cost.
There are many things to consider, so follow these 5 important outdoor kitchen tips to help you get started.
Pre-fab versus custom made
You can now find pre-fabricated outdoor kitchens that have barbecue, sink and granite benchtops in many barbecue and hardware stores. They are sold at reasonable prices starting at about $2,000 and the main benefit is that it is easy to pack up and take with you if you change address.
Custom-made outside kitchens are commonly costlier but is at the top in the style stakes. The one drawback is they are not portable however the positive is that it will add value to your home.
Don’t hold back on the BBQ
If your barbecue is not frequently being used and you don’t entertain a lot, get the highest quality your money can buy. A model featuring four to six burners is fit for most families. Invest in a hood or rotisserie if you like cooking a roast in your barbecue. Other useful features to consider are a side burner and temperature gauge.
Choosing a bench top
For your outdoor kitchen, it’s essential to select materials that can withstand any weather. Stainless steel, composite stone and granite are great benchtop materials as they look fantastic, can be cleaned with no fuss and can withstand wear and tear.
Another option is timber, but regular maintenance is required. For a more affordable benchtop, there’s the new waterproof laminate, which is perfect for outside use.
To plumb or not to plumb
If you want your outdoor kitchen to have a sink, allocate funds for plumbing. Depending on the needed labour, the overall price of your kitchen can increase by hundreds of dollars. If you are constructing a new house, ask your contractor to permit provision for the plumbing during construction. You will save money too.
Think about lighting
An outdoor kitchen has to have good lighting. There’s nothing more maddening than having a hard time seeing what you are eating or cooking. Add extra lighting in your patio or simply install a spotlight over your cooking space. Consider whether you’ll require a power point for a bar fridge when planning your lighting.
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