How much does an outdoor kitchen cost?

Outdoor Kitchen is a term used for a wide variety of meanings. In Charlotte, NC, an outdoor kitchen is used generally to imply a built-in grill station that includes a counter top, a stone or brick cabinet, and a grill. The smallest outdoor kitchen is about 5 linear feet wide and 2’6″ deep.

The term outdoor kitchen can also imply not only a built-in grill, but a full range of appliances that people want to incorporate into their outdoor living space. It’s not uncommon for Archadeck of Charlotte to install a refrigerator, ice maker, warming drawer, side burner, and even keg orator into the cabinet. Of course each additional appliance requires the cabinet to be larger and therefore increasing the cost.

Over 80 percent of all of the outdoor kitchens we design and build every year are constructed with a stone veneer while the majority of the remaining 20% is a brick veneer to match the house walls. The counter tops range from Travertine to granite.

The smaller outdoor kitchens (excluding the appliances) will run around $3,000 and can go upwards of $10,000 driven by size, materials, and features!

To see wonderful design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

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Hardscape sitting walls, design and purpose

With the absurd growth of paver and stone patios, the public is taking notice of features that accompany them. Whether it be an outdoor fireplace, fire pit, outdoor kitchen, or sitting walls.

The sitting walls serve multiple purposes. They are custom designed to meet function and aesthetics.

 

At Archadeck of Charlotte, we typically design them to follow the soft curve or bay of a patio layout to add a “picture frame” or provide definition. They are commonly used as a space saver when we build a fire pit as shown above. We design them to be 18″ – 20″ tall, which matches the height of a typical chair you would sit in.

Other uses include the function of a barrier to water draining back onto the patio due to the grade of your land. In addition, they can be used as a combination of a retaining wall and a sitting wall. Go to archadeckofcharlotte.com to see a complete photo gallery of outdoor living space designs.

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this pave patio with paver steps and sitting walls

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this pave patio with paver steps and sitting walls

Top 5 Patio Design Ideas for Charlotte

Here are the top 5 patio design ideas for Charlotte, North Carolina by Archadeck:

  1. A stone fire pit with a matching stone sitting wall that leaves the perfect amount of room for your feet while being close enough to feel the warmth of the fire!
  2. A water feature that provides a soothing sound of moving water and very low-maintenance since the design has no standing water to attract algae and mosquitoes.
  3. A highly functional and beautiful outdoor kitchen with all of the storage area one wants to store utensils and cleaning supplies. The design fits in perfectly with the architectural characteristics of the home.
  4. A walkway designed with the same material as the patio to provide a dry area to commute between the driveway and the backyard.
  5. A wrap around sitting wall constructed with the same paver material as the patio to provide a consistent and functional patio.

To see a wonderful photo gallery of patio design ideas, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

 

Covering an outdoor kitchen, code issues?

Depending on which jurisdiction you live in, covering an outdoor kitchen can be a code violation.

You have to dig deeper though, what does it mean to “cover” an outdoor kitchen? In many cases, people are intending to put a solid roof over it to keep out of the elements. In the Carolina’s, there are many counties that will only allow this if you purchase and install a hood vent to take the fumes through the roof of the structure. These can be quite costly and you really need an expert to install it properly

 

In some counties, if the roof is not screened in and you put the cooking station on the perimeter of the roof, they allow that to pass.

A common cover is a pergola like the one featured above left. This is allowed in all jurisdictions because the covering is not solid allowing the fumes to dissipate. Pergolas are very appealing aesthetically and do provide some protection from the sun if there are enough timbers installed above. They do not however keep the rain from hitting you.

Retractable awnings are another form of cover and there are no building codes against awnings. Make sure you check with a licensed general contractor or the county building department to see what your options are. If you want to see a complete photo gallery of outdoor kitchens, go to archadeckofcharlotte.com

 

How can I put my Green Egg into my stone outdoor kitchen?

We get asked all of the time about the integration of the Green Egg into an outdoor kitchen. We also get asked simply what kind of stand can I use instead of the retail stand that you can purchase with the Green Egg?

Archadeck of Charlotte has masons that custom build “nests” around the egg that serve as quite functional and beautiful. If you love outdoor cooking and living, the Green Egg has become an important addition to the space. While it was introduced as a high quality smoker of meats, fish, and vegetables, it is commonly used to grill as well!

We have a great variety of designs for outdoor kitchens in our photo gallery at https://archadeckofcharlotte.com as well as on our Pinterest page.

Designing a custom pool house or pool cabana? What should be included?

Charlotte open porch near poolAt Archadeck of Charlotte, we get called upon more frequently than ever to design and build pool houses and cabanas. With people moving their lives outdoors, the want is to have all of the conveniences closer to where they are spending their free time to entertain friends and family.

The outdoor pool business appears to be booming based on the number of requests we are getting for these structures! We begin with space planning. How many people will typically use the space? What functional purposes are we trying to solve for? Along with shade protection and weather protection, what other conveniences do you desire? Outdoor shower? Outdoor bar? An outdoor fireplace either free standing or integrated into the cabana?

These are logical starting points when beginning the design process for a pool house. Thinking about changing facilities and a restroom? All of these items require space planning and architectural thought! What type of roofing will you desire? Standing seam metal roofing? Architectural fiberglass shingles to match your home? What about flooring, a non-slip tile or some other masonry surface?

This structure can serve a dual purpose of hiding and housing your pool equipment as well. We have a beautiful photo gallery for you to gather design ideas at charlotte.archadeck.com as well as houzz.com as we feature our projects there as well!

Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio

Archadeck of Charlotte designed this Gazebo pool cabana with fire pit and patio