Summer is just around the corner, and we all know what that means: Time to drag the grill out of the garage where it’s been hibernating all winter, clean it up, fire it up, and start the grilling season! You may even be thinking about replacing that old grill with a new one, to make your outdoor cooking more efficient and enjoyable.
But have you ever thought about going a step beyond that?
We’re talking, of course, about building an outdoor kitchen. For a lot of people, this is just a pipe dream. Even if they could afford it, would they really use it enough to justify the cost? The answers to these questions may come as a surprise. Depending on the materials and amenities you select, outdoor kitchens can be far more affordable than a lot of people realize. Here are 3 reasons to build an outdoor kitchen this year:
1. It’s a good long-term value
According to HomeAdvisor, it costs about $10,000 on average to build an outdoor kitchen. This depends, however, on many different factors. If you’re careful about your designs, and hire an experienced contractor, your final cost can come out quite a bit lower than that. Even two or three thousand dollars can go a long away toward an outdoor kitchen, and you can always add to it later.
Even if you spent $10 or more on an outdoor kitchen, it’s important to take the long-term value into account. If you’re only going to use the kitchen occasionally during summer months, it’s not going to be a very economical decision. But if you’re going to use it a lot throughout the year, the value adds up quickly.
2. It’s great for entertaining
A grill on a patio is a nice way to spend a summer evening with friends – but an outdoor kitchen near a comfortable seating area is next level. There’s something special about being able to prepare meals and snacks outside, in comfort, while enjoying the company of friends and family.
3. It adds to your home’s market value and appeal
If you ever decide to sell your home, a comfortable outdoor kitchen is almost always going to help you cause. Provided the kitchen is well designed and impeccably built, potential buyers are going to see it as a huge bonus, and a focal point around which they can cook meals and entertain guests. In a competitive market, outdoor kitchens are a valuable asset.
Who would you hire to build an outdoor kitchen?
However much you choose to spend on an outdoor kitchen, it’s a notable investment and you want to put it in the right hands. Look for a reputable builder in your area who has specific experience with outdoor kitchens, is happy to discuss your ideas without obligation, and can work creatively to deliver a quality outdoor kitchen within your budget. Once you see the finished product and start cooking outside in comfort and style, you’ll be glad you were careful and deliberate about the contractor you chose.