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How Much Should an Outdoor Kitchen Cost?

Dining table with outdoor kitchen.



If you want to upgrade your home’s outdoor space and channel your love for grilling, backyard barbecues, and summer parties, then an outdoor kitchen might be the perfect investment for you. Before you get started, it’s important to figure out how much the project will cost you.

Luckily, we have some pricing estimates worked out for you.


What is the Average Price of an Outdoor Kitchen?

The typical price range of an outdoor kitchen will run you between $5,000-$17,000.



Cost by Size

Breaking down your outdoor kitchen by the average cost per square foot, prices may look roughly something like this for small, medium, and large backyards:

  • Small – 100 square feet: $3,000-$10,000

  • Medium – 300 square feet: $9,000-$30,000

  • Large – 400 square feet: $13,000-$40,000


Additional Factors that can Affect the Cost

There are many factors that can affect the cost of your outdoor kitchen that you should keep in mind.



Extra Services and Materials

Depending on the scale of the kitchen you’re hoping to build, you need to consider potential additional services and materials that would be needed to execute your vision.




Landscaping is an important factor to consider in the construction of your outdoor kitchen. The right landscaping can work to fit the theme of what you’re looking to implement and should be budgeted for accordingly.




Every outdoor dining area needs some sort of lighting plan, and the kind of lights you choose can completely shape the style of your space. The average cost per light is $200+, with landscape lighting ranging from $1800-$5,000.



Outdoor kitchen with bright lighting.




A pergola above your outdoor kitchen is a stylish, practical asset that can completely transform your space.


Not only do pergolas offer a form of shade and protection from the weather, but they can also be perfect for hanging plants and act as a trellis for trailing vines. If you want to include a pergola in your outdoor design, expect to pay an average of $2000-$8000.




If you want to be strategic about costs when planning your outdoor kitchen, locating it as close to your home as possible is a good way to save money. You may not have to run any utility lines if the kitchen is set up right next to your house.


Kitchens that are a short or long walk away from your home will end up costing you more. Any additional appliances might need new water, gas or electric lines and extra contracting fees.



Cost of a DIY Outdoor Kitchen

Although it might be tempting to tackle a project like this on your own to cut down on extra costs, be realistic with what you’re able to achieve on your own.


Not only will you have to take care of all of the supplies and building materials, but you will also need to follow local building codes as well.

If you have the right skillset and ambition, building your own backyard kitchen might be the challenge you’ve always been looking for.



Outdoor Kitchens in Colder Climates

Colder temperatures will impact your outdoor kitchen, which is why you should consider implementing strategic design elements to help combat lower temperatures.


Consider what heating options could work best – fire pits, fireplaces, outdoor heaters, and pizza ovens are all options. A sheltered kitchen that is appropriately winterized, with the option to potentially store your outdoor appliances, is also smart to think about when reviewing your plans.



With the right ambition and a smart budget, an outdoor kitchen could be the perfect addition to your backyard.


Outdoor kitchens can enhance any space if they’re implemented correctly and can serve as a social hub for guests and family members alike.




Paul Hickman at 9:00 AM
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