Top 20 Outdoor Kitchen Designs and Costs

Yes, indeed, you can absolutely cook outside, at an outdoor kitchen, as well as have way more fun while you are at it!

Small outdoor kitchen near the pool

But what if you don’t have an outdoor kitchen? Let’s build one!

Warning, you are about to delight your eyes with 20 beautiful and fully functional outdoor kitchen designs to help you get your imagination going! 😉

Did you know? Outdoor kitchens are quite a trend in areas with warm weather all year round. Cooking takes a lot of time and you can make it more pleasant by cooking outside. If you’re curious, take a look at the following 20 outdoor kitchen designs. But first, let’s talk about the costs involved in such a project.

How much does it cost to build an outdoor kitchen?

Outdoor kitchens can cost anywhere from several thousand dollars for a basic setup all the way to $50,000 and even $100,000, depending on the complexity of the design and the extent of the work required. The main costs involved in designing and building an outdoor kitchen revolve around the following:

  • Planning and design work from $100 to $1,000, depending on the complexity of the overall design
  • Shade structures – Pergola, Gazebo, etc.
  • Appliances
  • Landscape lighting in and around the kitchen
  • Patio design and installation
  • The framework of the kitchen
  • Utility requirements like drains, electrical lines, and natural gas piping.

The average reported cost for building an outdoor kitchen is a bit over $9,000, most homeowners spending between $2,700 and $16,000. What does this sum cover?

Well, for starters, there’s the center piece of most outdoor kitchens: the grill. Some families spend thousands of dollars on a fancy grill.

A decent one costs at least $1,000 while high end products can be sold for up to $15,000. Don’t forget to purchase BBQ equipment too. Another important appliance is the fridge. A quality refrigerator starts at $500, but some people opt for a beverage cooler instead.

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Cost of Standing Seam Vs. Metal Shingles Roofs in 2020

Metal is a premium roofing material manufactured from a high-quality coated steel or aluminum coil.



A typical metal roof on average will cost between $7.50 and $15.00 per square foot installed. For instance, a single-story ranch house with a simple 2,000 sq.ft. (20 squares) roof could cost anywhere between $15,000 to $30,000 fully installed.

Breakdown by system:

A typical metal shingles roof will cost around $15,000 to $25,000 on a typical 2,000 sq.ft. roof

The same roof will cost roughly 20% more or between $18,000 and $30,000 for standing seam.

For larger and more difficult or cut-up roofs, such as 3,000 sq.ft. (30 squares) two-story Victorian house with multiple dormers and valleys, a metal shingles roof will probably cost about $30,000 to $40,000 fully installed, while a standing seam metal roof will probably cost roughly 20% to 30% more.

Note: standing seam can be a far more more difficult system to install on a cut-up roof, therefore your installation costs will be higher with standing seam for a more difficult roof.

In our view, standing seam is not well-suited for very complex and cut-up roofs due to high installation costs and likely installed errors, which can result in premature leaks and very costly repairs.

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Vinyl Siding Cost Vs. Fiber Cement Siding for Houses: Material Types, Total Costs Installed, Plus Pros & Cons

Vinyl is the #1 material in the U.S. due to its pros (namely low cost, versatility and low maintenance requirements). Warranties are usually life-long and are sometimes transferable. This is truly a pro, but as it varies by contractor, it is more of a consideration.

Vinyl is typically a horizontal lap-type siding, designed to mimic traditional wood-lap. The height of each individual lap (or what would resemble a plank of wood) is generally what distinguishes brand or model types, along with the thickness of material.

Material Types/Options:


Vinyl essentially comes in two types – one which is called hollow-back or is just the siding material, the other which is foam-back, to provide extra layer of insulation. Foam-back adds about 15% more to the cost of siding material, but the cost can be easily recouped via energy savings.

Vinyl comes in a number of thicknesses (which add to cost), and as seams may be a con, it does have a seamless option, but that too adds on to cost.

The material is fairly durable and will last a good 20 to 40 years, usually with a warranty to back this up.

Costs per square foot has a fairly wide range based on factors noted above and brand considerations. Our research shows it as little as 60 cents and as high as $8.00. A perhaps more accurate range is $3.50 to $6.50 for standard vinyl siding, and $5.50 to $10 for deluxe vinyl.

An average-sized house (2,000 sq. ft. of siding) will cost between $7,000 and $13,000 for standard siding, including materials, installation, and warranty.

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