03 November 2008

Build a complete outdoor kitchen can spend a lot of money, no doubt that it could be expensive. But, still you can have an affordable outdoor kitchen without spending a fortune.

There’re basic rules you must obey :
  1. Never build an outdoor island from combustible materials, including plywood countertops covered with tile. It’s not durable and of course danger.
  2. Factor in some usable counter space no matter how small your outdoor space will be. You can't have grills and sinks butting up against each other with nowhere for you to work.
  3. if the outdoor kitchen will be far from the indoor kitchen, consider to build n adequate storage space for frequently used items like grill brushes, forks, spices and paper towels.
These will save you more money when you build an outdoor kitchen.

Use propane.
Running gas lines, electricity and water to an outdoor island is fairly expensive. You might want to consider using propane bottles to fuel your grill if you have a tight budget.

Buy a high quality grill.
Don’t buy the low one coz they're going to burn out on you. Strongly recommends a grill made from high-grade stainless steel because if the inside rusts out there's nothing you can do to save the rest.

Sink the sink.
Building codes and plumbing costs can make a sink one of the most expensive outdoor kitchen propositions. More and more people are opting for under-counter water heaters. They run about $300 and take away the need to plumb hot water from the house.

Try a brick oven.
Brick oven can cost less. The easiest and fastest way to build a wood-fired oven is to build a small foundation, three masonry walls and a support shelf and then install a good quality pre-fabricated oven kit. Then surround the oven with masonry, and add a chimney system and a simple roof.

But, Have an oven built brick by brick can easily cost several times more. That can take a do-it yourself up to one year and a professional mason several weeks. Brick by brick ovens are typically larger than pre-cast oven kits and therefore need more wood to reach cooking temperatures, which makes them cost more to operate than the prefabricated models.

Find less expensive furniture
One affordable option for bar-height seating is directors' chairs with slings that come off so you can throw them in the wash and can be fold up and slip them under a counter or in a closet. Easier for you coz you don’t have to move it inside if the storm come. As for a table and chairs strongly suggested a wrought high quality iron. Six chairs and a table should only run you about $800. Other option is aluminum dining sets.

For seat cushions, Pick the longest and look the best, made from 100 %acrylic, solution-dyed fabric. They're mildew and water resistant and will last three or four times longer than canvas or other washable cushions. If they dirty, all you have to do is scrub them with a little bleach and hose them down and they'll look as good as new.

To save money in the long term, remember that outdoor furniture needs care and replacement parts. Look for a 15-year warranty on metal furniture and buy from a good outdoor furniture store. That way you can get the pieces repaired or replace the slings or strapping instead of having to buy all-new furniture every time something breaks.

Less cover.
An awning, arbor, gazebo or standard roof cover for an outdoor kitchen can spend more money. You can get by covering only your counter space or dining area with an umbrella, at least until the budget allows for something more elaborate.

There are cantilevered umbrellas available in many patterns and price ranges that attach to the side of a counter or table surface. Consider an umbrella with a cover that comes off so you can throw it in the wash and put it back on damp, which will take care of bird droppings and other dirt.

Plan for a more luxurious future.
Customers on a strict budget typically concentrate on getting the deck or arbor built first. But even if you can't afford anything else right away, have the forethought to beef up the flooring slab where you might later put an island, or pour the foundation for a future fireplace when you pour the concrete for the deck. Also run the electricity and the gas for anything you might want down the road at the beginning. It's a big expense to rip up floors or walls to install that later.

Grills on rolling carts are another nice way to plan for an upgrade later. Most grills and smokers can be installed with a grill on a rolling cart with an adequate number of side trays and some storage beneath and then removed later and re-installed into a pit if your budget increases.


Vern's Cal Flame said...

The brick oven idea is absolutely fantastic, especially with the ultimate cost savings. With one of those, you could totally open up a pizzeria in your own backyard. Mmm!

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