How often will you use your outdoor kitchen?
Are you planning cooking outside several times a week? Are you only interested in grilling a couple times a month or less? If you are planning to cook outside often, it makes more sense to invest in a modular or build-in outdoor kitchen that can accommodate your needs.
How many different types of cooking activities to you plan to pursue?
Most outdoor kitchens involve grilling and if that’s the only real need in an outdoor kitchen, a basic outdoor kitchen kit will serve your needs well. The more types of cooking and grilling you pursue, the more likely you will want to invest in a modular or built-in outdoor kitchen.
Where will your family & friends be eating the food?
If you plan on regularly having family and guests dine at your outdoor kitchen, a larger counter with bar stools may be necessary. Most kits and modular outdoor kitchen islands have limited seating around the kitchen itself. If you have additional seating in a patio nearby, maybe that’s all you need. But if you want your guests to gather around the kitchen to socialize, a built-in kitchen with a large bar counter will be a must.
What investment makes sense for your current home?
Consider the total cost of an outdoor kitchen compared to your home value before beginning your project. The value of your home will increase with great landscaping and an outdoor kitchen, but you might not get a great return on your investment if you decide to spring for a $60,000+ built-in kitchen for a relatively modest home.
How long do you plan to own your home?
If you’re intending to move within a few years, a kitchen kit will probably be adequate for your needs short-term. However, if you’ve found your dream home and intend to settle in for the long haul, a larger investment is justified. After all, you want to enjoy your backyard for many years to come, and what better way than with a great built-in outdoor kitchen!
If you’re looking to be inspired by the possibilities for a great outdoor kitchen for your Southern California home, please check out pictures of outdoor kitchens on our website. Our experienced designers can help you create a great outdoor kitchen that matches both your needs and your budget.