As outdoor living spaces continue to evolve, homeowners are increasingly likely to seek help for professional outdoor kitchen projects. Nearly two-thirds of homeowners consulted design professionals on outdoor kitchen designs and projects and more than eight in ten homeowners used professional installers, according to the 2019 Outdoor Kitchen Consumer Profile released by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
Outdoor living space no longer just means a grill on a patio and a picnic table. Outdoor kitchen designs typically include hardscaping to define areas for dining, cooking, and relaxing, built-in refrigerators, grills, sinks, cabinetry, plumbing, bar areas, shelter and overhead structures, and lighting.
When designing these professional outdoor kitchen projects there are many outdoor kitchen appliances and manufacturing companies to choose from. Here are a few we recommend; Masterbuilt, Vicking, AJ Madison, BBQGuys and Kalamazoo.
CAD Pro has helped thousands of homeowners, professional designers, builders and contractors plan and design all types of outdoor kitchen designs. CAD Pro is used by NARI professional remodelers and contractors and the NRCA roofing contractors. CAD Pro is also used by NHBA home builders and contractors as well as the National Association of Landscape professionals.
Professional Outdoor Kitchen Projects and Budgets
As outdoor living spaces continue to include more elements, the budgets for such projects continue to expand. The NKBA report found the average spend among surveyed homeowners on outdoor kitchens is $13,000, with nearly one quarter of respondents building high-end professional outdoor kitchen projects costing more than $30,000. An additional 14% of respondents spend between $20,000 and $30,000 on outdoor kitchen design projects.
Homeowners increasingly regard their outdoor living spaces as extensions of their homes, and therefore are building them more elaborately, taking design elements and creature comforts into greater consideration. Although more than one-third of outdoor kitchens are in warm-weather states like Florida, Texas and California, homeowners in states like New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts are also making more use of their outdoor spaces for two or even three seasons, with amenities like fireplaces, fire pits, and patio heaters where needed.
The most common regret for homeowners when designing these professional outdoor kitchen projects is wishing they built better structures for shade and protection from inclement weather, according to the NKBA. Other common regrets include not designing a bigger space, not allocating more counter space, not installing atmosphere, lighting, or temperature control, and not including cabinets for storage.
The Outdoor Kitchen Consumer Profile report polled 303 homeowners who either completed an outdoor kitchen project in the past three years or were planning to complete one in the year ahead.
Cad Pro is an affordable and easy alternative to other more expensive outdoor kitchen design software. Cad Pro is great for designing outdoor living projects, DIY home projects, smart home designs, technical drawings, electrical drawings, construction details, and much more.