Are Outdoor Kitchens Worth the Investment?

Increase the value of your property with a custom outdoor kitchen.

One of the most popular few key phrases that buyers search for when looking for properties is “Indoor/Outdoor Living”. In fact, a survey by the National Association of Realtors revealed that more than half of home buyers would be willing to pay a premium price for a house with an outdoor living area!

Exterior spaces for dining, cooking or entertaining are more affordable than adding interior space to your home, provide you and your family with a more comfortable, convenient way to enjoy more of your property, and may be a benefit to your health.

If you want to have the “entertainers dream backyard”, here are a few reasons why you should go for it!

Close up of a fireplace designed in an outdoor kitchen

How Much Does an Outdoor Kitchen Cost?

The cost will depend on materials selected, size and appliances to go with your outdoor kitchen. The cost will vary based on how extravagant you want it to be. While you don’t want to skimp on quality construction and stainless steel appliances, some of the exterior materials used can make a big difference in price.  For example, adding stone to the side of your BBQ Island or counter siding can be a lot more expensive than stucco. When designing the counter, choosing a tile over granite or marble can save you thousands of dollars.

If the idea of adding an outdoor kitchen to your own home seems financially daunting, you’re not alone in your thinking. It can be expensive to build an outdoor kitchen and it may leave you wondering if the return on investment is worth it? Regardless of the outdoor kitchen cost, it is well worth the investment. Here are three reasons why we think so.

Close up of a refrigerator designed in an outdoor kitchen

  1. It Increases the Value of Your Home

The outdoor kitchen trend is on the rise, and not going away anytime soon. In a survey done by Casual Living Magazine, 49% of homeowners have already added outdoor living and a cooking area to their home. In addition, of the people who stated that they did not have a BBQ island or outdoor kitchen, about 25% said that they were anticipating adding one within a year.

By investing in an outdoor kitchen, you’ll put your home in line with the latest in kitchen remodels but with a much lower price tag. Exterior spaces for dining, cooking or entertaining are generally more affordable than adding interior space to your home and provides you and your family with a more comfortable, convenient way to enjoy more of your property and spend more time outside.

Outdoor kitchens nationally can return 100% to 200% of the improvement cost.

2. It Increases Your Living Space.

Your cooking area and outdoor entertaining space increase in size. Think of all the times you’ve thought to yourself how nice it would be to have a larger kitchen to cook, spend time with family and friends, and entertain in. While you could easily invest money in remodeling or expanding your home’s indoor kitchen, choosing to build an outdoor kitchen is a far more cost effective option.

Part of the reason that backyard kitchens are becoming so popular is because they expand the size of your home (and essentially increase your kitchen size). When you invest in an outdoor kitchen, you are building a new room – a room that’s outdoors, but still a fully functional space to eat, play and relax in your home.

If you like to entertain, an outdoor kitchen won’t only expand your outdoor space – it will also impress your guests! By way of return on investment, your new outdoor kitchen can drastically lower the expense of eating at restaurants  – hosting dinner and events at your own home suddenly becomes more appealing than dining out.

3. It Improves Your Health and Wellness

One of the best reasons to invest in an outdoor kitchen is that you’ll end up investing in your own wellness, as well as the wellness of your family! When you build an outdoor kitchen in your home, you’re building an opportunity to spend more time outdoors, and all the healthy benefits that accompany it.

When you spend more time outdoors with the help of your newly designed backyard, you can experience scientifically proven benefits, such as improved memory and concentration, restored mental energy, reduced stress levels, sharper thinking and creativity, and more. And isn’t your own health and livelihood the most important thing you can invest in?

While the cost of an outdoor kitchen requires at least a few thousand dollars to build, investing in an outdoor kitchen, will pay off exponentially in the future. But, it is important to remember that if you are going to invest in an outdoor kitchen, you need to ensure it is built correctly and with quality materials, including a stainless steel grill and appliances, a welded joint frame, superior counter-tops, and amenities like a pizza oven, fire table, or kegerator, pit, will even further elevate your backyard living space.

Fun Outdoor Living creates custom outdoor kitchens! The result is a far superior product that will last a lifetime!

 

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