Your outdoor kitchen can be simple or luxurious depending on your needs, wants and your budget. If you basically just want to be able to cook outdoors, you will need a grill, granite counter top and side burners. If you also want to be able to serve drinks, add a refrigerator, ice maker and bar to your must-have list. What if the sky’s the limit? Consider adding a dishwasher, television screen with surround sound, gas fire pit, water features, an electric stainless warming drawer and low-voltage lighting. Serious chefs will want a high-power burner. If you want to be more conservative and just install what you need, think about the location of the outdoor kitchen with respect to your indoor kitchen. You won’t want to keep running back indoors to get things you need for cooking. You may want to have dishes, cooking utensils, running water, ice and refrigeration available outdoors. How much will an outdoor kitchen cost? It is a big investment. Plan on about $1,000 to 41,800 per linear foot for completion, which includes everything from rough installation to final granite polishing. If you like to entertain lots of people outside throughout the year, however, an outdoor kitchen provides a “big bang” for the buck.
Here are some suggestions for your appliances:
Grills: Check out Team Grill’s Patio Series MVP Gas Grills which feature the logos and colors of college teams. A unique all-in-one grill and smoker is available from the Big Green Egg in five sizes. The Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Hybrid Grill allows you to cook with charcoal, gas and wood at the same time. outdoor kitchen store is an excellent resource for this.
Pre-finished Designs: Atlantis Outdoor Kitchens offer three options: The Chef’s Station (includes a refrigerator), the Grilling Station and the Entertainment Station (includes a cocktail station and refrigerator).
Television: The All-Weather Outdoor LCD Television by SunBrite TV can withstand dust, extreme temperatures, bugs and rain and has an anti-glare screen.
Dry Storage Pantry: This offering by Alfresco stores cookware and dry goods and features an adjustable wire shelf and interior drawers. It is completely sealed and keeps out rain and pests.