How Much Does an Outdoor Kitchen Cost?

How Much Does an Outdoor Kitchen Cost?

Although the cost of an outdoor kitchen depends on the size, amenities, space, and location you can expect to pay an average of $21,500 with prices ranging from $3,000 to $40,000 for the US in 2022.

National average: $13,176
Typical range: $5,057 to $17,276
Extreme low end: $2,875
Extreme high end: $40,750

Prices differ widely, with the lower-priced outdoor kitchens starting a little under $3,000 whereas the most lavish kitchens could be upwards of $40,000. Your imagination and your budget are your only limits on what you are going to save or spend.

Costs on a lot of home improvement projects come with a wide range of average expense, this is no exception. Meaning that you can be as traditional or eccentric with your budget as you want, creating an outdoor area that fits both your needs and your budget.

Cost Estimates By Size

The biggest factor impacting the expense of your outdoor kitchen is going to be its size, so consider the minimum and maximum number of guests you plan to host and how you are going to use the outdoor space.

Other Factors That Impact Cost of an Outdoor Kitchen

There are many aspects in an outdoor kitchen that are going to impact your total area. Here are 3 to consider: materials, your grill/ cooking space, and its location.

Kitchen Materials

Framing, finishing, and countertops are 3 key aspects of your new outdoor kitchen that you are going to want to decide on based on your style, climate, and budget. These costs are only for the materials.

Framing

You can purchase pre-fabricated framing, hire a contractor or you can build your own. Prefab is typically less costly. Wood and aluminum framing comes at an average of about $400 each linear foot, whereas steel framing averages to about $550 each linear foot.

Finishing

Consider what type of exterior finish you are going to like on your kitchen area.

  • Stucco: $5 to $8 each sq. ft.
  • Brick veneer: $9 to $15 each sq. ft.
  • Man-made stone: $15 to $25 each sq. ft.
  • Natural stone: $20 to $38 each sq. ft.

Countertops

Countertops need to encompass both style and function. Make sure you choose a material that works well with your climate.

  • Ceramic Tile Countertop: $6 to $45 each sq. ft.
  • Concrete Countertop: $60 to $90 each sq. ft.
  • Granite Countertop: $65 to $75 each sq. ft.
  • Stainless steel countertop: $73 to $98 each sq. ft.

Your Grill

Expect to pay anywhere from $175 to $8,380 for your outdoor grill. If you are a charcoal grilling master or prefer the benefit of propane, take your choosing, and build around it.

Backyard cooking professionals note that whereas it is often unnecessary to pay a significant amount of money for a grill, you surely don’t want to cut corners, either. Choose what type of grill you want, how many guests you plan to cook for, and decide on a quality option that is going to last.

Location

Installing your outdoor kitchen as close to your home as you can is going to save you money in the long run. The reasoning: You might not have to run electrical wiring, or water lines if the location is right next to your house.

“Satellite” outdoor kitchens — kitchens that are a short or long stroll from your house — are usually more costly.

Another benefit of building close to you home: You might be able to delete the sink, a fridge, and side burner because you’ll have easy access to those inside the house.

Don’t forget that additional appliances might need new water, electric, and/or gas lines, in which might mean added contractor fees and possibly inspections.

You might also be able to build on your present patio — covered or un-covered. Either way, its going to save you money.

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