Before you start constructing and planning for your outdoor kitchen, it is important that you go through budgeting. With a set budget, it will be easy for you to work around it. If budget is not a problem, then you can start planning for your outdoor kitchen in terms of materials and tool to use.
With an unlimited budget, you can spend whatever you want on your outdoor kitchen. But for budget-conscious homeowners, you can spend from $500 to start your outdoor kitchen plan and maybe spend up to $25000 for an outdoor kitchen with a side cart, entertainment zone, stone countertops, built-in appliances, and outfitted cooking. Your imagination and budget is your only limit. A lot of homeowners find their perfect outdoor kitchen somewhere in between the two extremes.
To start your own budgeting, here are the things that you need to think about:
Where you live should also help you determine your budget. If you live in a place that is mostly cold, then you’re probably only going to use your outdoor kitchen three or four months of the year. But if you live in a sunny state, you will be able to use your kitchen all year round. How often you use your kitchen should tell you how much you will be spending on your outdoor kitchen.
Set Your Priorities Straight
Are you going to use your outdoor kitchen for grilling burgers and hot dogs? Will you do more than just grill those? Spending on a super-sized grill with dual fuel, side burners, rotisserie, and infrared searing zones will be too much if you only use your outdoor kitchen to do minimal grilling. You will be spending more on the things that you don’t really need. Make sure that you prioritize your budget on the things that you need, rather than what you want. Set your priorities.
What Others Are Doing
Doing what others are doing in your neighborhood will increase the value of your home when it comes to reselling it. This will also help if you are planning to apply for a mortgage loan. Doing what your neighbors are doing does not mean that you are copying them. It is all about protecting your investment and increasing the value of your home in the process. Your outdoor kitchen should not be the only one that is mid-range or the most expensive. You have to stay at par with others.
Factor-In Tax Increase
If building your outdoor kitchen requires building permits and other papers, then it is more likely that the value of your home will be reassessed in the process. This means that your property tax will also increase along the way.
Once you have considered all these factors, then you will be able to start with your plan and budgeting. Enjoy the process and enjoy your new kitchen.