How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen: Ideas, Designs, Costs, and More

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In the U.S., at least 64% of adults have a grill or a smoker. Many grill owners think of grilling as a hobby and nearly a third use it to entertain guests.

While a simple grill on your patio will get you that signature taste, it’s not great for outdoor entertaining. After all, guests can’t gather round to chat if you’re cramped in a corner with the grill.

That’s where an outdoor kitchen comes in. You can combine the fun of grilling with the convenience of a full kitchen.

Read on to learn how to build an outdoor kitchen and what you should do before you start.

Think About What You Want from an Outdoor Kitchen

Before you start building your kitchen, think about what you want from the space.

Do you want a full kitchen complete with a sink, a stove, a grill, and a refrigerator? Do you want to add a wood-fire pizza oven and a seating area? Or do you want a simple grill island with bar seating and a sink?

Once you decide what kind of space you want, you can think about what outdoor kitchen appliances you’ll need to budget for.

Look at Outdoor Kitchen Designs for Inspiration

Once you have a general idea in mind, it’s easier to start looking at outdoor kitchen designs. If you browse online for inspiration without a budget or an idea in mind, you can get overwhelmed by the possibilities.

As you’re browsing for ideas, keep your backyard square footage in mind. Will you need to expand your deck to make room for the kitchen and a seating area?

If you see inspiration photos and you don’t like everything in it, get creative. You can always combine several ideas to make your own custom outdoor kitchen.

Decide on a Budget for the Project

Many homeowners who plan outdoor kitchens start with at least a $5,000 budget, but 25% of people spend much more than that.

That said, your budget will depend on the size, amenities, and labor costs. If you decide to DIY a small outdoor kitchen, your costs would be much lower. If you want a professionally-built luxury outdoor kitchen, you’ll need a much larger budget.

Decide what you truly want from an outdoor kitchen and set out a budget you feel comfortable with.

How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

Once you’ve created a layout and a design plan, it’s time to frame it out. If you’re an experienced builder, you can do this yourself. If not, you can always hire a professional contractor to handle the remodeling for you.

You’ll also need to have a plumber and an electrician hook up gas, electricity, and water, depending on your kitchen’s features. Then you can add tile, countertops, cabinets, and fixtures. It’s also time to install your outdoor kitchen appliances.

Now all that’s left is to cook a meal and entertain in your brand new kitchen.

Hire a Pro to Build the Outdoor Kitchen of Your Dreams

An outdoor kitchen is the perfect space for parties with friends and family. You’ll get to cook a delicious meal while enjoying the great outdoors and spend time with loved ones.

If you’re not sure how to build an outdoor kitchen, Daher Construction can help. Our job isn’t done until you’re satisfied with your remodeling project. Contact us today to get started.