It’s summertime. The sun is bright, the grass is green, the air is warm.
You want to enjoy the beauty of this season to the fullest. With the weather being so perfect, your backyard strongly calls for attention.
You notice that it’s remarkably… empty.
So, what should you do with this space?
Skip Bedell from the hit TV show Catch a Contractor was pondering this very question in summer of 2019.
Ultimately, the answer is what led him to work with RTA to build his backyard oasis.
You may want to consider diy outdoor kitchen kits if…
You love to cook outdoors and it’s not just a pastime… It’s a passion.
You want more than just a Weber grill in your yard. You want the convenience and functionality a full outdoor kitchen provides. We’re talking counter space, a refrigerator, a sink…
You want your backyard to be the center of attention.
The kitchen is where everyone gathers inside the home, and the same translates to the outdoors. You want your backyard to be the place where people gather, socialize, and make memories.
The neighborhood hangout.
You want your backyard to add value to your home.
There’s something about the permanence of a fully built-in outdoor kitchen. It evokes quality and elegance. It will add value to your home for years to come.
The gem of your outdoor living space.
All things considered… You realize an outdoor kitchen would be the perfect addition to your backyard.
Outdoor kitchens craft an environment that is rich in human connection. Many of our best memories take place under the sun and stars, sharing a grill-cooked meal with family and friends.
Then the question becomes…
What kind of outdoor kitchen would fit my backyard space?
Who should I speak to for expert advice?
How do I get started?
There are many options. The one we will be talking about here are outdoor kitchen kits and prefabricated modular outdoor kitchens. However, the majority of our focus will be on ready-to-assemble kits.
Read on to learn why a ready-to-assemble kit may be a great option for your backyard.
What are Outdoor Kitchen Kits?
As little as a decade ago, options for building an outdoor kitchen were limited. You had to hire a local hardscape / masonry contractor or find a metal fabricator.
There was a lot of research, time, and effort involved in the process.
Thankfully, your options have expanded greatly in the last few years.
Technology has improved significantly, making diy outdoor kitchen kits a viable option for homeowners. Think of it as a well-thought out system to simplify the process of building an outdoor kitchen.
It’s important to understand the different types of kits before you make a decision. Today, there are three primary types of outdoor grill island kits available:
Prefabricated Modular Kits
Ready-to-Assemble Outdoor Kitchen Systems (RTA’s offering)
To understand why RTA bbq island kits are so great, first you have to understand what makes it different.
We have a great page on our website that explains the difference in detail which you can reference here. For now, I’ll give you a short explanation of each.
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Ready-to-Finish Outdoor Kitchen Kits
RTF outdoor kitchen island kits are usually made of prefabricated aluminum or galvanized steel frames wrapped in cement board. Sometimes, cutouts for appliances are already done for you.
The Ready-to-Finish options require masonry, tile, or stucco finishing at your home. Appliances and countertops are additional costs as they are often sold separately.
The RTF method is easier than building from “scratch”, however, you still do have to hire a professional to finish the job. If you’re not too sold on this idea, there are more options to consider.
Modular or Prefabricated Outdoor Kits
Modular / Prefabricated outdoor kitchen kits come pre-built and ship as an assembled unit.
The finish, countertop, and appliance openings are all done in the manufacturing process.
Finishes are commonly done in stucco and countertops in grouted tile.
So the whole kitchen comes built and ready to go? Sounds pretty great, right?
The caveat with a lot of prefab outdoor kitchen kits is quality. Usually, what you gain in perceived convenience, you sacrifice in quality.
Another downside is many modular outdoor kitchen kits suffer from shipping damage en route to you. Further, these kits require heavy equipment or a crane to get into the proper location.
So while prefab outdoor kitchen kits may seem more convenient… Often they bring more trouble than they are worth.
Of course, this is not true of all modular outdoor kitchen kits. However, the important point is to do your research and make sure you are buying the outdoor kitchen you expect…
Ready-to-Assemble Outdoor Kitchen Kits
RTA’s system comes pre-finished. However, for shipping and accessibility the outdoor kitchen kits come in panels that require light assembly. The panels come with a finish and appliance openings ready to go.
RTA is especially unique in this category because we also provide the countertop and Coyote appliances all in one package. No need to hire a mason or jump between appliance companies… We did all the hard stuff for you.
Once your crate from RTA arrives in your driveway, all you have to do is assemble. In as little as a few hours, you’ll already be grilling!
There’s a lot more to be said about the benefits of buying an outdoor kitchen kit through RTA. We’ll get into that later…
For now, we have to address quality issues commonly found in other types of modular kits.
Pinterest Expectations vs. Reality of Outdoor Kitchen Kits
We’ve all been there. You’re researching a DIY project and browsing products online. You find a product that seems to be exactly what you’re looking for and you order it.
Then when you receive the product or complete the project, it looks nothing like the pictures and story that was described to you. It can be both disappointing and frustrating at the same time.
This disconnect between expectations and reality is all too common with outdoor kitchen kits as well.
Don’t be fooled by that too-good-to-be-true Pinterest photo of a prefabricated outdoor kitchen kit that has been photoshopped and superimposed onto a luxurious background.
It gives us the impression of quality…
But it leads to a disappointed customer when the kitchen they receive is not at all what they saw in these photoshopped pictures.
It is essential to do research. Make sure you find actual photos of the product in real customers’ backyards when considering bbq grill island kits.
Do Your Research Before Deciding On a Purchase
When considering a large purchase like an outdoor kitchen, you have to do your research. The last thing you want is to spend a significant amount of money on a product only to be unhappy and stuck with an inferior outdoor kitchen.
When researching an outdoor kitchen kit, investigating the quality of the materials and appropriateness for your climate is essential.
If the price looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Many bbq grill manufacturers use “value selected” materials such as galvanized steel, moisture resistant cement board, and glue or spray-on veneer. This is done in order to keep costs down, sell more grills, and entice buyers.
Unfortunately, if you live in a coastal region or winter season climate, these materials are prone to breaking down. When you select an outdoor bbq island kit you have to consider your expectations for how long you want your outdoor kitchen to last.
Will it last for years? Will it rot, rust, crack or erode in one season?
This is especially crucial to know if you live in a coastal region or area with harsh winters.
Some entry level products may hold up relatively well in Las Vegas or Phoenix. Take that same kitchen in a climate like Chicago or Boston and freeze-thaw cycles will quickly compromise the finish and eventually the structure.
The good news is diy bbq island kits have come a long way and there are excellent options that are reasonably priced and built to last.
Why Should You Consider an RTA Outdoor Kitchen Kit for your Backyard Living Project?
Now that you know what you don’t want, it’s time to consider why RTA may be a good fit for you.
There are five main categories we feel are most important to highlight in the process of building an outdoor kitchen.
Let’s dive into those below.
We Make it Easy
Our aim is to be the best resource in helping you design, select, and order your outdoor kitchen. We work daily with homeowners to design an outdoor kitchen that fits their backyard and budget.
We want to ensure you get bbq island that matches your expectations.
That’s why we recently launched a free outdoor kitchen design software. You can have your outdoor kitchen designed with a free quote on the way in just a few clicks.
Aside from the design tool, we have a webpage with plenty of resources for design help. We also have hundreds of photos of real kitchens in real backyards – no false expectations vs. reality here.
We Make it Simple
RTA takes a complicated, costly and labor-intensive process and simplifies it for you.
We’ve streamlined our engineering and manufacturing process to make assembling your outdoor kitchen kit as simple and easy as possible.
Our bbq island kits ship direct to you complete with a high quality finish, countertops, and premium Coyote appliances. When you work with RTA it is truly a one-stop-shop experience.
Everything you need to build your dream outdoor kitchen comes all together – straight to your driveway for backyard assembly.
As far as building goes… Most RTA outdoor kitchen kits only require 2 people, a drill, and 3 drill bits.
It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
We Make it High Quality
RTA outdoor kitchen components and material are selected and tested for performance and longevity even in the harshest of climates.
Our structural panels and countertops are made from engineered concrete composite and ultra high-performance concrete, respectively. These types of concrete are particularly durable and are made to last. A harsh New England winter is no match for ECC and UHPC concrete.
This concrete is so durable that our outdoor kitchen island kit enclosures are backed by a lifetime structural warranty.
Click here to learn more about our ECC/UHPC concrete vs. other materials.
RTA has also partnered with one of the best premium outdoor grill, appliance and accessory manufacturers in Coyote Outdoor Living.
Like RTA, all Coyote products are made to perform outdoors.
All Coyote appliances feature 304 Stainless-Steel Construction, exuding quality over every square inch. Each offering is top-notch, durable, and reliable, providing you with convenience and enjoyment for years to come. From doors, to drawers, to power burners, to fridges and more, Coyote has everything you want to perfect your outdoor kitchen.
Coyote boasts a full line of gas, charcoal and pellet grills that satisfy even the most discerning outdoor chef. Better yet, when you buy an RTA outdoor kitchen kit with Coyote appliances, you get both companies’ best-in-class customer service and warranty!
In fact, an RTA/Coyote Outdoor Kitchen won the Business Elite Award from US Business News for Outdoor Kitchen Design in 2019.
To learn more about Coyote appliances and grills, click here.
We Make it Quick
Order today and enjoy in as little as a week or two. Depending on the time of year, orders turn around in as little as 1-2 weeks (more for custom).
Once arrived, you or your contractor can complete the project in one afternoon.
You can build your outdoor kitchen so quickly because we do 95% of the work before it even gets to you. No hiring a mason to finish, no stress about fitting appliances, no worries.
All you need is yourself and a friend, handyman, or a contractor and one afternoon. By the end of the day, you’ll be firing up the grill and making the best BBQ in the neighborhood.
How’s that for (almost) instant gratification?
We Make Your Space Enjoyable
There’s a reason the American Institute of Architects named the outdoor kitchen as the most popular special function room.
With feedback from top designers RTA outdoor kitchen kits are designed around functionality and utility. This allows optimal use and enjoyment of your outdoor kitchen space.
Your outdoor kitchen kit will make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood. It will become the space where friends and family gather, to share good meals and quality time.
For years to come, your bbq island will provide immeasurable enjoyment and memories with loved ones.
Why Skip Bedell Chose Us for His Outdoor Kitchen Kit
All of the above is what led Skip to select RTA for his own diy outdoor kitchen kit. If you didn’t already know, Skip Bedell is a contractor and co-host of the popular home improvement show Catch a Contractor on Spike TV. He also frequently appears on Fox & Friends as an expert lifestyle and home improvement contributor.
Needless to say, Skip knows his stuff and has had experience with building an outdoor kitchen from scratch for clients.
That’s why when it came to his own personal project he chose an RTA outdoor kitchen package for his backyard. He’s had plenty of experience with other outdoor bbq islands in the past and we stood above the rest.
The streamlined process of building our outdoor kitchen is a large part of what drew Skip to RTA.
What would normally take weeks or even months with planning and assembly, all came together in a fraction of the time.
He didn’t have to worry about the construction, getting a mason to finish the frame, or fitting the appliances properly. All this work was done beforehand – he didn’t even have to think about it.
Customization was another reason Skip chose RTA for his outdoor kitchen kit.
Skip has limited space in his backyard for an outdoor kitchen. Most companies would not be able to adapt to this.
We at RTA were able to design a custom kitchen that perfectly matched what Skip wanted to achieve in his backyard. From size, to shape, to appliances, to grills, everything about this outdoor kitchen was a custom build.
This would not have been possible without our unique engineering and manufacturing process. You won’t find such a customizable experience elsewhere.
The RTA experience made this an easy choice for Skip.
Skip Enjoying His Outdoor Kitchen Kit
From the stone island enclosure, to the countertop, to the appliances, RTA is truly a one-stop-shop. Skip didn’t have to work with multiple companies and do a bunch of research to make sure everything would work together.
All he had to do was tell us what he wanted in a bbq island kit, and we made it happen. Everything arrived together at his doorstep ready to assemble.
Doesn’t get much easier than that.
We had the opportunity to film the whole assembly of Skip’s kitchen from start-to-finish. As you will see, the whole thing really comes together in one afternoon. By the end of the day, Skip is already grilling with his new outdoor kitchen.
Watch the video below to see how quick and easy it is to build an RTA outdoor kitchen kit.
Get Started on Your Outdoor Kitchen Kit
Sold on an RTA outdoor kitchen kit yet?
If you are, we have plenty of resources to help you get started.
Our website is a wealth of information to learn about us, our products, our technology, Coyote appliances, pricing, assembly, design help, and more.
If you’re looking for custom kitchen options, try our free outdoor kitchen design software.
In just a few clicks, you’ll have a 3D model of your outdoor kitchen design ready to go. It will even send your design to staff and send you back a free quote.
So what are you waiting for?
Let’s build your outdoor kitchen!