5 Things To Know When Building An Outdoor Kitchen

It’s that time of year again, and often too hot to cook indoors. What you need is an outdoor kitchen. What better than to prepare food while the family and friends are relaxing on the deck or around the pool. Does it get any better than this?

Ok, you now are ready to build that custom outdoor kitchen but you are not sure what is the most important aspect of the project. Besides finding an experienced outdoor contractor licensed and insured to do the business, Equipment is the key component to a happy outdoor kitchen experience.

Size, finish materials and equipment affect your budget when building your project, However, nothing will dissatisfy you more than having a beautiful outdoor kitchen with a grill that does not work properly.

Five Key Things to Consider when you purchase equipment are the following:

1). Budget – your budget is the most direct determinant for the type of equipment you can buy. Premiuim outdoor equipment with lifetime guarantees, the highest-quality stainless steel, and the latest features will cost between $6,000 to $25,000 depending on the amount of accessories, size of grill and features. If you wish to build an outdoor kitchen and spend less than $6,000 you can do it very simple or get less quality equipment.

2). How willing are you to put up with maintenance issues? I have a good friend who never buys the best equipment because he does not mind changing out burners, replacing ignitors and changing doors when the hinges break. If you are handy and don’t mind the work, you may wish to invest in a BBQ grill that costs between $500 and $1,500 VS higher end barbecue grills that costs between $2,500 and $10,000.

3). Are you going to be staying in your home a long time? The BBQ equipment that you buy has a unique cut-out dimension. If you stay in your home long, you will be stuck with the same equipment until you move because the cost of changing the cut-out in your outdoor kitchen is not usually cost effective. So….if you are staying a long time you may wish to get the “good stuff”.

4). How often are you going to use the Built-in BBQ / Outdoor Kitchen? It is simple, the more you use it the more you will appreciate an expensive Built-in BBQ Grill. If you are not going to grill very often, you may wish to get less expensive barbecue grill and spend your money on better finishes and more “party related items” like drop in cooler / bar centers.

5). Do you want the latest and greatest in Outdoor Equipment? If you want pizza ovens, sear zone technology and other cool features, the top end manufacturers will be the way to go because they usually spend the money in Research and Development.

Remember, you get what you pay for so please check each Equipment manufacturer’s web-site and compare warranties, features and manufacturing location – remember buy Made in USA when you can!

If you live in Florida, Call (813) 515-6980 today for more information about your specific project, or visit us on our website – http://soleictampa.com

 

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