An outdoor kitchen provides your home with tons of versatility. It’s a new space to entertain friends and cook outdoors when the weather is nice. It’s also an extra selling point whenever it’s time to put your house on the market.

Stratton Exteriors has years of experience helping Nashville residents design and build stunning outdoor kitchen spaces. From simplistic seating areas with stonework and grills to elaborate covered patios with all the bells and whistles, Stratton Exteriors can help make your outdoor kitchen exactly what you want it to be.

If you’re considering an outdoor kitchen addition this year, here’s what you should know.

Determine How You’ll Actually Use Your Outdoor Kitchen

Stratton Outdoor Kitchen Stonework Grill

When you decide you want to invest in an outdoor kitchen, it can be tempting to sink your money into novel features like draft beer on tap, an in-set outdoor television or a huge fireplace. However, it’s important to consider how you’ll actually use your outdoor space the most.

An outdoor kitchen is an extensive renovation, especially if you hire a contractor who believes in doing high-quality work that will last for years. You want to make sure your budget is going towards features that will serve you the most, for the longest time.

Do you anticipate entertaining friends and family on a regular basis? You might want to opt for larger patio area with a covering for shade.

Do you plan on cooking outside throughout the spring and summer months? A large food prep area that’s equipped for large meals is probably a smart move.

Is your heart set on having a functional sink outside? You might have to move your outdoor kitchen closer to your home to facilitate a water line.

Know How Much You Want to Spend

Outdoor Kitchen with Grill and Pergola

Like any home upgrade, outdoor kitchens have a range of costs. If you want something elaborate and large, you’ll (obviously) be looking at a higher financial commitment.

It’s important to be prepared for costs before you initiate a consultation with your contractor. The average cost for an outdoor kitchen with a grill or other basic appliances is between $10,000 and $18,000. If you want stonework or a custom pergola, you might be looking at a steeper price tag. It’s always better to be prepared for the costs of a home renovation before you get sticker shock with the actual estimate.

Be Prepared to Invest In Materials That Will Last

Stratton Exteriors Outdoor Kitchen

An outdoor kitchen is different from an indoor kitchen in more ways than just location. Outdoor kitchens are exposed to far more heat, light and damaging elements than your indoor kitchen will ever be.

You’ll need to invest in top-quality materials, like stainless steel and durable wood, to ensure that your outdoor kitchen can stand up to the weather conditions.

If you want stone counter tops for your outdoor kitchen, it’s helpful to choose materials like sealed granite with UV stabilizers. Granite is naturally resistant to heat and will resist staining and mildew when properly sealed. Granite is also available in a number of colors–including light colors that will stay cooler during the hot summer months.

Stainless steel is an ideal material for outdoor counters and cabinetry. However, if you prefer the look of wood, you should choose a durable, rot-resistant wood like Ipe. While wood may weather over time, you can maintain wood cabinets’ appearance by investing in regular staining and maintenance.

Are you ready to get an estimate on your outdoor kitchen renovation? Stratton Exteriors is one of Nashville’s top contractors for outdoor kitchens, patios, pergolas, and custom stonework.

Contact us today to schedule your estimate or learn more about our home renovation services.