Pricing & Costs

Evaluate the cost of your outdoor kitchen

How much is your outdoor kitchen going to cost?

This is one of the more common questions we receive and it is an important one. The answer varies depending on size, priorities, and budget. Price can range from a couple thousand up to tens of thousands of dollars. Below are a few points to consider when building your budget:

Average Homeowner Spend

Findings from the HPBA in 2018 and NKBA in 2019 show that the average homeowner spent $11,300 to $13,000 on their outdoor kitchen. HomeAdvisor found the average to be around $12,690, which sits right in the middle of HPBA and NKBA findings.

Average Cost per Linear Foot

The average outdoor kitchen can cost $1,200 to $2,000 per linear foot when built from scratch. This calculation includes base island construction, finish, countertops, grill head, and appliances.

Average Prefabricated and Modular Outdoor Kitchen Cost

Prefab and modular outdoor kitchen kits range from $4,000 to $10,000 for barbecue islands. The cost can jump significantly once you begin upgrading appliances, countertops, and finishes.

Big Box Options

You can find BBQ islands at big box stores like Costco and Lowe’s ranging from $1,500 to $5,000. Some brands are poorly engineered, private labels of modular island brands. (We do not recommend these)


Build with a Local Contractor

Having an outdoor kitchen built from scratch can be time consuming and costly. It can be difficult to locate a company with extensive experience in outdoor kitchen building. If you do happen to find one, they will be in high demand and command a premium for their expertise. Otherwise, you will likely hire a landscaper, hardscaper, or mason for the project. It is important to know their experience, building practices, and knowledge of appliances. Far too often we meet homeowners who are not satisfied because of the design, layout, or approach their contractor used.

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Buying a Prefabricated Outdoor Kitchen


Buy a Prefabricated Outdoor Kitchen

Several BBQ grill and appliance manufacturers offer outdoor kitchen islands as modular or knock down kits. With few exceptions, these companies "value engineer" kitchen islands that function but at the lowest cost. The homeowner gets a lower cost way to get an outdoor kitchen and the company gets to sell more appliances. Many of these products come from China or Mexico and are made from galvanized steel and cement board. Neither material is fit for outdoor construction. If you live in the southwestern United States, these products will generally "hold up". In freeze-thaw climates and coastal areas these products often fail and break down.

Labor Influences

We did an analysis of several markets spread across the US for scratch built outdoor kitchens. When factoring in site prep, materials, appliances, and labor, the average cost is $1,200 to $2,000 per linear foot. The average 10′ to 15′ outdoor kitchen took about 2 to 4 weeks to design with another 4 to 8 weeks to build. Also consider that if you live in a cooler climate you will miss a portion of the BBQ season.

Cost and Satisfaction

Cost is also measured by satisfaction and value. As the saying goes, “The cost of poor quality is remembered long after the sweetness of low price has faded from memory.” This holds true when buying your outdoor kitchen. We encourage you to spend your budget on outdoor kitchens that are safe, engineered to last, and appliances backed by a solid warranty. No combustible materials, no rust, no shoddy appliances. Only a worry-free outdoor kitchen that will provide you with enjoyment for years to come.

RTA Price Range

RTA is not the least expensive option and that is by design. We develop our products with affordable luxury, quality, and value. Compact outdoor kitchen packages start around $3,000. Six to eight foot linear BBQ islands range from $6,000 to $9,500. Our L-Shape and galley outdoor kitchens range from $9,000 to $15,000. Custom kitchens and U-shapes begin around $12,000 and up into the high teens. Our prices are 10-20% higher than prefabricated competitors and 30-40% less than scratch built masonry or metal/PVC cabinets.

Our prices are 10-20% higher than prefabricated competitors and 30-40% less than scratch built masonry or metal/PVC cabinets.

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