Does an Outdoor Kitchen Increase New Jersey Home Values?

We all love outdoor grilling, but will the climate impact how often you can use an outdoor kitchen in New Jersey? Find out whether adding an outdoor kitchen to your New Jersey home will increase its value.

Outdoor kitchen increaseIt’s 5 o’clock somewhere in New Jersey and that means it’s time to relax, have a cocktail and get ready for a home-cooked meal. Is everyone gathering around the kitchen again? Of course, but the difference today is we’re outside. You can cook outdoors and spend quality time with your guests or family at the same time. It certainly would be a nice luxury, but to get the most out of your investment, you’ll want some key questions answered to support your new destination hangout.


How Big Should an Outdoor Kitchen be?

Where does one begin? You can start analyzing the overall size of your house and backyard making sure it’s all proportionate. A small outdoor kitchen would generally include a grill, possibly a cooktop stove, a sink, and storage. Always build enough counter space to make cooking easier. Keep at least 36 inches of usable countertop and no less than 24 inches deep. Consider that many families have a strong value for backyards so leave enough space for kids and pets.

How Long Does it Take to Build an Outdoor Kitchen?

The time it takes to build an outdoor kitchen can be determined by many factors. You should always keep in mind a kitchen that complements the design and architecture of your home. Smart preparation with the right contractor can save you time and money helping with ideas and deciding what you really need and what you can omit. The summer months can be hectic for contractors so looking at the slower periods such as fall or winter can speed things up as well.

What is the Standard Height of an Outdoor bar?

BLD-photo-1A bar-height table generally measures in the 40 to 42-inch height range. A counter height table runs about 34 to 36 inches tall.


How far Should a Built-in Grill be from the House?

While the consensus is at least 3 feet away, the Product Safety Commission states at least 10 feet away from the house.

Do I need a Permit to Build an Outdoor Kitchen?

Although you might not need a building permit for an outdoor kitchen in New Jersey, you will probably need permits for any electrical or plumbing work. Also, in most cases, a drop-in gas grill must be framed by non-flammable material. You should check with your local township for their permit specifics.

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What Outdoor Feature Adds the Most Value to a New Jersey Home?

Similar to the features that bring a return on investment to your indoor kitchen, the same can apply to your outdoor kitchen. Since outdoor cooking relies heavily on grilling, it’s a given to have it be top of the line.

On the functional side, water supply, a direct gas line, and refrigeration go a long way for resale value. This can be a huge advantage over other homes in the neighborhood for resale. If your home is up for sale competing with similar homes for potential buyers, the beauty and luxury of an outdoor kitchen could sway them towards your home.

Absolute Outdoor Kitchens buyers guide show saw that homes in the Southwest and Southeast can see the highest return on investment from outdoor grills. It can still be in the 50 – 70% range in the Northeast. There are many grillers out there, I being one of them, that will not let the cold stop them from throwing some burgers on the grill any given day.

Consider resale value during the planning stages. For instance, you might want a wood-burning pizza oven, but it may go undervalued if the next buyer does not get used out of it. For more lavish options, granite countertops, sinks, built-in grills, and seating will help you stand out. Consult with the professionals during the planning stages.

How can Borst Landscape Help with your Outdoor Landscaping and Hardscape Needs?

Borst Landscape & Design is the ultimate company to get you started. Their commitment and dedication to unique work make them stand out from the competition.

For more information, contact their skilled team today. They’ll be happy to answer any questions or provide you with a quote today.