Whether you covet a grill and food-prep station on wheels or a built-in BBQ island with fridge and bar seating, don't hit the grill center before reading this expert guide to creating a first-rate backyard outdoor kitchen.
Zero in On the Type of Outdoor Kitchen That's Right
Movable: A smart choice for small spaces that multitask—as cookout central one day and a garden hub the next. Start with a portable charcoal or gas grill fitted with heavy cast-iron or stainless-steel grates and an easy-to-clean grease trap. For storage and counter space, add a rolling cart with shelves.
Prefab: An all-in-one option for folks with more square footage and cash to spend. The basic setup typically includes a stucco-clad 5-foot outdoor kitchen island with tile counter, drop-in gas grill, and access doors for a propane tank. Extras, including granite counters, a refrigerator, and LED lighting, are ordered a la carte. DIYers can get cooking with a prefab outdoor kitchen island on delivery day.
Custom: A built-in-place kitchen, whether crafted by a pro or a handy homeowner, offers integrated stainless steel outdoor kitchen appliances, storage, and counter space, as well as the most flexibility in terms of matching the kitchen's materials and style to its surroundings. A larger layout, extensive lighting, in-ground utilities, and a pergola-style roof add convenience but also raise the price.
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