You might think that features like an outdoor kitchen are luxury items, but they don't necessarily have to empty your wallet, and in most cases truly improve your home's value. According to the "2018 Remodeling Impact Report" from the National Association of REALTORS®. outdoor kitchens generally provide a 71% return on investment, — not to mention the pleasure you'll get from putting one to use.
The cost to build can certainly vary. Here are five outdoor kitchen concepts, compiled by HouseLogic.Com, fitting a range of budgets and homes.
#1 Limited On Space? Go Tiny!
When it comes down to it, all you really need is a place to cook, maybe a bit of storage space to accomodate your grilling tools, and a nice spot to enjoy your outdoor meal.
For as little as a few hundred bucks, you can put together a 'tiny space' complete with grill, oven, storage and dining area, if you already have outdoor electricity. If you have to bring in an electrician to run power to the area, that will add to the cost.
#2 Put The 'Kit' in Outdoor Kitchen
Starting around $1,500, modular kits like this one (brought to you by WWOO), can be customized to suit your backyard. Some providers even offer design assistance at an additional cost.
This high-walled galley-inspired layout also adds an extra bit of privacy. (While nice to have, the outdoor sink will require additional plumbing, increasing your price tag.)
#3 Industrial Strength Outdoor Kitchen
This L-shaped kitchen design was built by some DIY-savvy homeowners using concrete and cement board. Similar to indoor kitchen layouts, your guests can sip drinks at the counter as you (wo)man the grill.
If you've got the skills and the tools, you could build with just materials costs. Hiring a contractor to do the work could set you back by $14,000 or so (including an inset grill, steel drawers, ice chest, sink, and concrete countertop) according to the "Remodeling Impact Report."
#4 Build It With Style!
While there are as many outdoor kitchen styles as there are home designs, building your outdoor cooking space to match your home's aesthetic will get you the most Return On Investment in the long run. Check out this rustic set-up, matching the feel of the home, and giving ample storage space to boot.
#5 More Than Just A Kitchen, It's A Place To Relax And Unwind
Your outdoor kitchen can be just as much of a gathering spot as your indoor kitchen. Not to mention: The pergola and deck will likely increase your home's value at the same time.