All your outdoor kitchen
appliances, storage pieces, furniture, ceiling fans,
and cushions should be weather-worthy rugged.
Remodeling projects typically end up 10-15 percent
over budget. No matter how detailed your outdoor kitchen plans,
there's always some unexpected charge or situation not accounted
And with all the excitement and enthusiasm that comes
with outdoor kitchen construction, spur-of-the-moment upgrades make
their way in.
So avoid the hassle and headache by padding
in overruns now.
Whether your dream outdoor kitchen plans are simple or
elaborate, these tips save money.
A concrete patio costs way less than stone even
when it's customized to look like the real thing. So choose
Ask your friends and family for help. Or throw a
party and feed guests in exchange for help. You can even swap jobs
with handy neighbors.
Consider helping the contractor as a general laborer.
You can save lots of dollars by preparing the site yourself, doing
daily cleanup, acting as a helper or playing golfer for your
If you have lots of time, why not be
your own general contractor?
In most cases, renting equipment is cheaper than
buying. So remember this if you're doing any of the work
Avoid dipping into your savings, going into debt, and
interests charges by building your outdoor kitchen in stages.
Start with basics like a built-in grill with counter
space. Then add amenities like a beer tap, a refrigerator or
weather-worthy cabinets later.
You've got your heart set on your outdoor kitchen
plans. Now let's find the money.
No worries! There are several ways to bankroll a new
There's no waiting, no interesting charges, and no
payments, if you've squirreled away enough to fund the
Another way to avoid interest charges is to plan
the construction stages to coincide with your paycheck.
This approach stretches out the project, gives you time
to shop for bargains, pads in time to pay for big-ticket items and
you can do some or all the work yourself.
The trade off is you won't be cooking alfresco as soon
as you might like.
If you don't want to use your savings, and you don't
like waiting, then consider a home equity loan. You may be able to
finance the entire project.
Home equity loans usually have lower rates and can also
be tax deductible.
What about a home equity line of credit? It's like
using a credit card, but with a lower rate and a tax deduction.
You'll borrow up to a preset amount on a revolving
credit account. The advantage is that you only pay interest on the
money you spend.
With a home equity loan, you'll pay interest on the
entire loan amount whether or not you spend it.
If your outdoor kitchen plans are for a home you're
about to buy, consider getting a mortgage that covers the
price of the home, plus the outdoor kitchen.
The interest is tax-deductible and the cost is spread
out over the life of the loan.
Credit cards are a last resort.
They're only useful when you're taking advantage
of low teaser rates, or the amount you plan to borrow
is small, or you can pay off the balance quickly.
Why not mix and match your funding.
You could use only a portion of
your savings, then pay some of the expenses as you go, and take
advantage of a retailer's no-interest-for-one-year offer on
appliances, and also contribute sweat equity of your own.