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The Value of an Outdoor Kitchen

I will admit-I am not much for cooking. But something about an outdoor kitchen even gets me excited. There are a lot of reasons to be excited about an outdoor kitchen not the least of which the value that it can add to your home. A recent study showed that the return on investment can be 100-200% if you were to decide to sell your home. Compare that to just 50% that a new in-ground swimming pool gets you. So I apparently am not the only one excited about an outdoor kitchen. And an outdoor kitchen can cost less than most in-ground pools on average-just saying...

The median range for an outdoor kitchen nationally is $11,875 according to some estimates. An absolute luxury outdoor kitchen can cost as much as $35,000. The cost can vary depending on size, location of the kitchen, the amenities, materials, and other misc. variables. As in most of things you get what you pay for but for the average person it is a reasonable investment considering what you can get in return-whether additional value to your home or just a backyard oasis that brings a lifetime of memories. 

There are certain things that you don't want to skimp on or over pay for. If you have paid for the highest level grill and cooktop, you don't want to skimp on the countertops or cabinets. It just won't look right to have an expensive appliance with builder grade cabinets or countertops. But think about your needs. Will you need a sink? If not, don't invest in one. Is an outdoor refrigerator an absolute must? Maybe a kegerator is more of a need?

 One thing that often gets overlooked is the importance of lighting. Maximize your outdoor living space by making it inviting all times during the day. Soft landscape lighting and smartly placed energy efficient lights can create the right environment on those warm summer evenings as well as make it visually possible to cook even when the sun goes down. 

There is a lot to consider when deciding to extend your usable living space with an outdoor kitchen. Making sure it functions and fits with your lifestyle and outdoor space is critical to making sure the ROI comes whether you stay in your home or make it your forever oasis. Rustiques has the team and skill to help you achieve your desired goal. Dream it, Design it, and Do it at Rustiques. Contact us today to get started. 

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