By Mary Sauer
Creating an outdoor kitchen in your backyard comes with so many benefits. Hardscaping structures are beautiful, and the perfect way to cultivate a gathering spot for your friends and family in your own backyard. They’re also highly customizable, and most contractors will work closely with you to design a space that is both useful and beautiful. Best of all, an outdoor kitchen allows you to enjoy fresh air and the company of your loved ones while you prepare meals.
At Modernize, we know that planning a home improvement project is a big undertaking. Typically, an outdoor kitchen is a costly project, but it’s been found to increase the value of the home and make it easier to sell in the future. When built properly, hardscaping can be easily maintained for years after installation. In this article, we will explore 5 different tips for planning to build an outdoor kitchen.
Set Your Budget
A full outdoor kitchen typically costs between $10,000 and $20,000, depending on the elements you plan to include, the size of your space, and the materials being used. Before moving forward with your project, decide exactly how much you want to spend on your outdoor kitchen and then plan your project around your budget, instead of vice-versa.
Decide How You Will Use Your Space
There are so many options you could include in your outdoor kitchen—firepits, pizza ovens, grills, and bars with refrigerators. You may want to have it all, but you should only plan to include the elements you are sure you will use. If find yourself grilling every Saturday night but rarely indulge in mixed drinks, prioritize a grill over a bar.
Choose Durable and Affordable Materials
The key to making sure your outdoor kitchen will withstand the wear and tear of regular use and exposure to changing weather is understanding the unique requirements of building outdoors and the characteristics of the different materials available for use. Some materials perform better outdoors, and should be chosen when planning to build your outdoor kitchen.
One way to increase the affordability of your project is to use a Stoneyard Natural Thin Stone Veneer over the top of a more affordable material. These veneers are crafted from real natural stone, but are light enough to be applied directly on top of many surfaces.
Request Samples Before Getting Started
When planning a project as large and costly as building an outdoor kitchen, it is important to love every material you will be using for your project. This is why we suggest requesting materials before placing an order. Many suppliers, including Stoneyard, will send free samples upon request.
Hire a Professional
Building a hardscaping structure requires an advanced skillset, and it is best to hire a professional for this type of home improvement project. Any contractor you consider hiring should be trained to prepare your ground for the installation of structures, and should understand how to properly seal any surfaces to protect your kitchen from wearing down from exposure to changing weather.
Whether you are looking for a way to spend more time with your family during a busy season of life, or searching for ways to increase the value of your home before putting it on the market, a hardscaping structure is a wonderful investment for your home.