An outdoor kitchen island is something that will make you want to spend more time outdoors. But not all of us have the time, or inclination, to build our own outdoor kitchen from scratch. There are alternatives such as buying a prepackaged kit.
Ready-to- assemble outdoor kitchens Are typically kits that can be installed once you get it. Typically, pre-fabricated outdoor kitchen islands are cheaper than custom-built outdoor kitchen islands but custom built are typically higher quality. Why do you think that a prepackaged kit is cheaper than a custom-built grill island? This is because a prepackaged kit contains almost everything you need for a grill island: grill, shelves, table, ice chests or other accessories, built-in lighting and shelving, built-in shelving and drawers for food and drinks, and possibly even an additional refrigerator if you wish.
How much easier is it to assemble than a ready to assemble (RTA) outdoor kitchen island? The answer is much easier in most cases. Most RTA kitchen islands come with detailed assembly instructions, so you won’t have to waste time trying to figure out how to put the pieces together. In fact, if you follow the instructions to the letter, you will barely even need a screwdriver to put them together! Another big advantage of this is that the cost of these prefabricated pieces is extremely low. In fact, they are usually less expensive than if you were to buy a used or new grill?
The appeal of a prefabricated kit Besides their relatively low cost, another big reason why people choose to buy an outdoor kitchen island rather than a ready to assemble (RTA) one is that built-in kitchen islands require very little maintenance once they are up and running. With a fresh coat of paint, most RTA outdoor kitchen islands can last for years. On the other hand, a built-in kit will have to be replaced every few years because the food will begin to rot, the shelf will begin to show signs of mold and mildew, and the weather will begin to deteriorate the wood.
Prefab kits on the other hand require more care and upkeep, but the money they save in the long run can more than make up for it. If you were to purchase a used or new outdoor kitchen kit, you would have to spend at least a thousand dollars to replace the cooking appliances, refrigerators, and any other appliances mentioned above. Then, you would still have to pay for the shipping costs for bringing in the appliances. These added costs can easily top the price of a used or new outdoor kitchen kit.
When buying an appliance or food prep station for an RTA outdoor kitchen, you save money by purchasing the appliances first, then the grill or oven, and lastly, the countertop. With the pre-assembled kitchen kits, you get the countertop, the grill or oven, and the appliance or food preparation appliances all at the same time. This allows you to save time because you do not have to go back and forth to the hardware store to change out the items. All you have to do is get out your tools, locate the same brand and model number of the items you want, and then change them in accordance with the color and size of the countertop.
Some RTA outdoor kitchens come with a matching bar stools and stainless steel table top, while others come complete with their own bar stools, stainless steel table top, and island. The bar stools can come with or without a backrest. Most RTA outdoor kitchens include an assortment of flat surfaces such as, granite, marble, and porcelain. Porcelain is the most expensive choice among the flat surfaces, however, and is also the most practical and durable.
Manufacturers have developed their appliances so that they are aesthetically pleasing as well as functional. Outdoor kitchen islands come in a wide range of designs, from modern to rustic, from contemporary to traditional. Because they are designed to be simple and easy to use, homeowners do not need to have a lot of design experience to select an appropriate outdoor kitchen island kit. They are available online or at many home improvement centers. With a little research, most homeowners can find the best countertop and appliance combo at a price they can afford.