Rethinking The Addition Of An Outdoor Kitchen

One of the biggest decorating and remodeling trends in the last ten years, was to add an outdoor kitchen.

 Sounds great, right?  Before you take on a project like this, I have some recommendations.

  1. Decide on how much your budget will be.  Added costs could be running water lines to outdoor sinks and electrical  wiring to outdoor refrigerators and the ability to run appliances.  You do not want to depend on extension cords.
  2. Be realistic on how much you will be using it.  Is this a whim that just sounds great, or do you spend a lot of time outdoors?
  3. Will you enjoy being in the full sun for hours cooking? You may want to consider a covered area to maintain a shield from the sun and this will be an additional cost to the project.
  4. How will the outdoor elements in your locality affect your outdoor kitchen?  Salt water ice and cold can be very harmful on just about anything,
  5. Will there be additional maintenance involved to shut things down and open back up because of weather concerns?  In the North, water lines will have to be drained and turned off.  How will snow and ice accumulation affect stone walls and floors ? Will your appliances be affected by salt water in the air?
  6. Will you be selling your home in the near future or is there the possibility?  If so, your money may be better spent inside the home where you will receive a better return on your investment.
  7. Talk to friends and family to get some input on what they like and don’t like about their outdoor kitchen.  Ask them what they would do differently if they had to do it all over. Their input will help in your decision-making.

Installing an outdoor kitchen can run between $3,000 and $10,000.  Of course this number can run higher if more upgrades are added such as a covered area pictured on the right. 

Depending on the design you choose, the proximity of the home may be an important factor as well.  Even if you love the outdoors, you still have to get items from point A to point B.

After all the review and debate and you favor an outdoor kitchen installation, remember to request estimates from at least three contractors.  You will want to visit some completed sites as well. 

When complete, don’t forget to invite your friends and family to share in your enjoyment !


This information brought to you by your favorite realtor, Mary St.George, Associate Broker, Wine Trail Properties, 315-719-8377,[email protected] Your Personal Connection to Lakefront Living



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