Outdoor kitchens have gained measurable popularity in recent years. As we flock outside to BBQ with family and friends, an outdoor kitchen becomes more desirable for the seasoned home chef than ever before.
If the thought of an outdoor kitchen makes you drool, you’re not alone. But where do you start? With so many options, it’s essential to consider your wants, needs, and budget.
Call Beltway Builders for professional ideas, price points, and timelines from the pros. We can build a top-of-the-line outdoor kitchen with all the bells and whistles or a modest but fully functional outdoor kitchen to kick your home BBQ dinners up a notch.
Why Build an Outdoor Kitchen
Eating outside in great BBQ weather always brings a smile to everyone’s faces. If you or your significant other enjoy putting on a five-star spread, an outdoor kitchen will bring class to your outside living space. The functionality will streamline your epic BBQs, upping the festivity level.
Besides remarkable aesthetics and dynamite dinner spreads, your number-crunching better half will be happy to know that you can expect a 100-200% ROI on the kitchen money spent when you sell your home. Even people that don’t cook very much love a spectacular outdoor kitchen.
What Do I Need in an Outdoor Kitchen
An outdoor kitchen should have the necessities. That definition alone means something different to almost everyone.
There are certain things that you need if you’re going to spend the time and money to add an outdoor kitchen. Counter space on both sides of the BBQ makes prep work and serving the food easy. Some built-in cabinets and a sink with hot and cold running water simplify prep and clean-up, keeping much-needed items close at hand.
The sink also helps with pre-meal hand washing and post delectable, sticky rib clean-up of all those hands you don’t need inside your home. The grill master will also appreciate keeping their hands clean while preparing an awe-inspiring meal for loved ones.
Outdoor Kitchen Considerations
You need to ponder numerous outdoor kitchen considerations before diving into a project of this size. The durability of all the components is at the top of the list.
You’ll also need to consider how much outdoor living space you have to work with. If you have a stable deck or patio that you can build an outdoor kitchen on top of, you will save money.
Suppose you have ample space in your backyard. In that case, an outdoor kitchen is an excellent place to cook for your family or a gang of friends. In addition, it is one of the improvements to a home that will pay for itself when the property sells.
Winterizing Your Outdoor Kitchen
After putting in a spectacular new outdoor kitchen, you’ll want to protect it from inclement weather. Some people BBQ all year round. If you’re in subzero temperatures, you’ll have to winterize the necessary components, but that doesn’t have to stop you from BBQing up a great meal regardless of the season.
When properly winterizing your outdoor kitchen, you’ll need to drain and shut off water lines. You’ll need to do numerous other tasks, so you’ll be ready to fire up the entire kitchen as soon as the weather permits.
Should I Put in a Wood-Burning Pizza Oven or Fireplace?
A state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen could include a wood-burning pizza oven and a fireplace sitting area if space and money allow. Throw in a hammock, and you may never go inside your house again.
What components you decide to incorporate into your outdoor kitchen is very personal. Take a deep breath and consider how much you’ll use the different items you’re considering.
The cost of constructing different outdoor kitchens varies immensely. As with any construction project, getting information on all aspects of the project will help you make an informed decision. Call Beltway Builders, and we’ll consult with you about every part of your project and help you bring your outdoor dream kitchen to life.