The Cons of Installing an Outdoor Kitchen
Not every landscape feature is a good fit for everyone. If an outdoor kitchen is not something you would use because you hate to cook or do not enjoy entertaining, then leave it out of your backyard landscape design plan! Let’s look at some other reasons that may make this feature a poor investment or just not the right investment for you.
You have a Limited Budget
While the benefits of an outdoor kitchen are certainly appealing, the initial cost of installation can be a significant drawback. The expenses are more than just paying for appliances and the features you want, but nearly all outdoor kitchens need electrical and plumbing work done as well.
In addition, selecting a landscaping company that will install your kitchen the right way the first time usually means you will end up spending a little bit more. All the materials for your outdoor kitchen can add up quickly as well because they need to be uniquely durable.
If an outdoor kitchen is a feature you really want included in your backyard, talk with you landscape designer about potentially installing the project in phases or what costs would look like if you hold off on certain features.
Your Backyard is Small
Not every backyard has the space for a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. Before diving into outdoor kitchen design and installation, it’s essential to assess your available space and ensure that an outdoor kitchen won’t overcrowd your outdoor living area.
If an outdoor kitchen is a feature that is really important to you and you have a small backyard, a great landscape designer can work with you to customize an outdoor kitchen that will work for your space and needs.
The Outdoor Grilling Season is Limited
We all know that Northern Michigan is known for its harsh winters. Obviously, this makes an outdoor kitchen in Grand Traverse or Leelanau County impossible to use year-round. If you are unsure how much you may use the kitchen in the first place, installing an elaborate outdoor kitchen may not be worth it.