Is it possible to revamp an exterior space without an expansive deck, swimming pool and state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen island?
Well, I suppose you could. But who would want to? If your tiny charcoal grill with a dinky side table isn’t living up to your entertainment aspirations, it’s time to upgrade. Today, backyards and patios are viewed as an extension of a home rather than a separate space. With this in mind, many homeowners are splurging on fully functional, luxurious outdoor spaces that will last for generations to come. In addition to providing an attractive landscape, a comfortable backyard space should also be equipped with some of the amenities and comforts of indoor activity. This includes a food preparation station that allows you to grill up a good piece of meat, and also wash your hands, sauté a sauce, chill a soda and keep the bread warm; all without stepping foot into your interior kitchen. So for those of you who are yearning a taste of the outdoor high life, here are a few practical steps to take when installing an outdoor kitchen island of your own. Start with the budget for your outdoor project. When it comes to home accents such as outdoor islands, grilling stations, service bars, and patio sets, you can almost spend as little or as much as you want. Consider whether or not you’d like to invest in a prefabricated island or a custom built design (which will can add a decimal place to your budget). Some points to consider before making this decision:
- A nice prefabricated island can be bought for under $7,000 with some designs as low as $3,000
- A custom built outdoor kitchen island can be reasonably constructed for under $10,000 or less for very simple structures; other more complicated and luxurious constructions can cost upwards of $50,000
- A prefabricated outdoor kitchen island will often boast the same or similar features as a custom made island, the primary difference is usually in size and quantity; for instance, a prefab island may only come with one side burner while a custom made one can easily have four
- A built-in or custom made outdoor kitchen will likely have utilities hardwired (justifying the additional costs) and features such as a sink with hot and cold water hookups as well as plumbing and drainage
- One of the most-treasured aspects of the built-in is that homeowners have the freedom to decorate and design it as they see fit; this allows them to mix and match the layout with current home decor and furnishings, making it truly an extension of their home and style
Ask yourself: What do I really need for my outdoor kitchen? Now, after opting for custom built or prefab, think about your ideal outdoor cooking experience to identify which features you’d like to have and which ones you can do without.
Below are some common (and not-so-common) features of an outdoor kitchen island
- side burner(s)
- tile countertop
- warmer drawer
- pizza oven
- stainless steel sink
- service bar
- storage compartment or storage
The decision to incorporate many of these features should ultimately rest on how you plan to use the space. For instance, a fireplace will always add a nice aesthetic touch. But if you’re planning to also use it for cooking or keeping guests warm during cooler months, you may want to bump this feature up in priority. If you’re a very private person who will use the kitchen mainly for family dinners or small gatherings, then you may want to sacrifice a large counter space and seating area . If you entertain large gatherings, it could be worth the investment in equipment and features that will ease the burden of cooking and accommodating guests. These and other tips will hopefully set you in the right direction for investing in your very own outdoor kitchen unit.
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Published : 10 Aug 2014
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