An outdoor kitchen is the perfect addition to summer cookouts, casual get-togethers, and weekend pool parties. Whether you’re thinking about updating your current outdoor kitchen setup or are starting completely from scratch, here are some pre-installation considerations and design ideas to make the most of your outdoor space.
DIY or hire?
When determining if you should build your outdoor kitchen yourself or hire a professional, it all comes down to the scope of the project and your experience.
Adding tables or building a pergola might not need professional help but creating a permanent outdoor kitchen requires knowledge of electrical wiring, irrigation, and hardscaping in addition to extensive time, money, and resources. If you’re looking to build a permanent outdoor kitchen, rather than a temporary space, we recommend hiring a professional.
What to consider before building an outdoor kitchen
1. Cost to build an outdoor kitchen
Creating an outdoor kitchen will be an investment regardless if you choose a movable structure or custom design. Temporary, movable kitchens will cost $300 to $3,000, a prefabricated kitchen or already-built kitchen (which usually comes with an island, tile countertops, a drop-in gas grill, and access doors for a propane tank) will cost between $2,000 and $30,000, and a custom outdoor kitchen can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $50,000 depending on size and features .
You’ll also want to create space in your budget for labor costs, materials, and permits for electrical or plumbing work (some towns will also require a permit for prefabricated grill islands). Go with a movable outdoor kitchen to avoid a tax hike or check with local ordinances to determine whether you’ll need to pull a permit.