If you enjoy spending time outside and you're an avid cook and entertainer, an outdoor kitchen can make a lot of sense. A quick search of outdoor kitchen designs online will make it clear that a lot of homeowners are spending untold thousands of dollars on their outdoor kitchen projects — and you might be on a tighter budget. You don't have to let your budget prevent you from having an outdoor kitchen. While you may have to prioritize what features you want this space to include, there are numerous ways that you can save money during its construction.
Poured Concrete Floor
A lot of people spend huge sums of money when constructing the floors of their outdoor kitchens. For example, stone and tile are popular choices, and both of these products are expensive to buy and require a considerable amount of labor to properly install. One way to save money on the floor is to opt for a poured concrete slab. You can do so relatively inexpensively — especially compared to the cost of stone or tile floor — and this type of floor can still look sharp.
You'll also see people who spare no expense when choosing the countertops for their outdoor kitchens. Many people take a similar approach as when they're remodeling the kitchen in a luxury home — perhaps choosing granite or some other type of pricey natural material. There's no doubt that a high-end countertop can be enticing, but it can also eat into your budget. A cost-effective alternative is to choose a tiled countertop. There are all sorts of affordable tiles available at your local home supply store, and given that the average countertop is only going to be a handful of square feet, you won't have to use very many.
You might love the idea of rushing out and buying new appliances for the outdoor kitchen, but this is another way to make the project cost more. Think about what you have that you can use. For example, if you like the idea of having a barbecue inset into the counter, check your own barbecue. Often, you can remove the legs of the unit, leaving the upper portion ready to mount in the counter. If you have a bar-style fridge in your basement, consider adding it under the counter of the outdoor kitchen. By focusing on these cost-saving opportunities, you can still have an outdoor kitchen in which you enjoy spending time.