An outdoor cooking area is a great idea if you enjoy entertaining friends in your garden on fine summer weekends in Toronto. Instead of being stuck in the kitchen while everybody else is sitting outside chatting, you can be right there in the thick of the action: chatting, cooking, and enjoying a drink outside, all at the same time. If you really like the idea of an outdoor cooking space but you only have a small budget to work with, check out our money-saving suggestions below.
Saving Money When Building a New Outdoor Kitchen
While there are certain areas in which it is unwise to economize, such as the choice of materials for an outdoor island, the following suggestions can all help you to lower the cost of your new al fresco kitchen, without compromising on quality or functionality.
- Prefabricated Brick Ovens – Instead of building one from scratch, you can have your contractors make a small foundation, 3 walls, and a supporting shelf, then install a prefabricated brick oven inside. After installation of the oven, your contractor can finish the walls, top the whole thing off with a chimney, and make a protective roof.
- Use a Mobile Grill – Perhaps your plans for an outdoor kitchen include a fixed grill installed in a pit but if you want to start off more cheaply, you can use a grill on wheels until you have the money available to build a more permanent fixture.
- Start Smaller – Rather than starting off with the biggest paved seating area possible, with room for dozens of guests to sit and relax while you cook up a storm, consider having a smaller paved area to save on initial costs. You can always add to it at a later date if it turns out that your new outdoor kitchen is a real hit.
- Use Reclaimed Stones/Bricks – You can reduce the cost of building materials significantly by electing to use salvaged stones or bricks when erecting perimeter walls and solid bases for cooking equipment in your new exterior kitchen. If you are not sure what sort of reclaimed building materials are freely available in your part of the Greater Toronto Area, you can of course ask your contractor or search online for local suppliers.
- Use Second-Hand Chairs & Tables – Assuming that you are planning to have a seating area adjacent to the main cooking area, you can cut the cost of furnishing it by using previously owned chairs and tables. Whether you opt for sturdy wrought iron furniture or a rattan garden set, you should be able to restore it to as-new condition with just a little time and effort.
- Under-Counter Water Heater – Instead of adding extra plumbing to pipe hot water from your house to your new outdoor kitchen, you can install an under-counter heater and save a significant sum of money. This type of heater is available for a few hundred dollars, whereas the cost of the plumbing work required to pipe hot water from your existing indoor system could run into thousands of dollars.
There are many other ways in which you can save money when having a new outdoor cooking area constructed: call M.E. Contracting today to find out more. We have designed and built numerous outdoor kitchens and know exactly where costs can be cut without compromising on quality and where cost cutting should never be attempted.
Whether you simply want a small area with a mobile grill or a large, fully-featured outdoor cooking space, we can help you to build it within the budget you have in mind. Give us a call today!