4 Ways To Optimize Your Outdoor Kitchen Budget

Posted on: 15 August 2019

Installing a custom outdoor kitchen can add significant value to your property and make your backyard the talk of the town. What better way to take your entertaining to the next level than to have your very own decked-out, custom kitchen for prepping, cooking, and gathering?

Of course, a custom outdoor kitchen project will cost you a pretty penny. The good news is that there are plenty of things you can do to maximize your budget as you plan your outdoor kitchen design.

Place Appliances Strategically

If you'll be installing any outdoor kitchen appliances that require access to utilities, such as a gas stove or a sink, be sure to choose the placement of these carefully. You can save a lot of money by placing these fixtures closer to your home, as this will require less utility line to be run to your outdoor kitchen. Another option to consider for cutting back on the need for utilities to be run is to fuel your grill and stove with propane instead of gas. This will also give you more freedom when it comes to its placement without worrying about gas lines.

Consider a Pre-Fab Option

While the term "pre-fab" may seem like the opposite of the custom kitchen you want, there are actually plenty of customization options available for pre-fab outdoor kitchen components. In most cases, "pre-fab" only refers to the general layout of the kitchen itself; you can still choose your ideal countertop materials, hardware, and other fixtures to make the space your own.

Tackle Your Project in Phases

If you're planning an extravagant outdoor kitchen, consider completing its construction in phases to spread out the cost over time. Many homeowners, for instance, will begin with a beautiful deck or patio and then add on other components (such as appliances, countertops, cabinets, flooring, and lighting) over time and as their budgets allow.

Allocate Money to a Quality Grill

One component you won't want to compromise on is your grill — especially if you're having it built into your cabinets. A cheap grill will likely not last more than a few years, and once it needs to be replaced, you may have a hard time retrofitting your kitchen space for a new grill. Spend a little extra money on a quality grill now (ideally, one that comes with a warranty) and you could actually save yourself a lot of time and hassle down the road.

For more information, contact a company like Craft Custom Outdoors.