Measure the space you plan to dedicate to your outdoor kitchen.
It makes it a lot easier later on if you don't have eyes that are bigger than your stomach. Knowing the number of pieces you can reasonably fit into this space will help you to determine where to start. Visiting our showroom and picking out products before measuring usually leads to heartbreak when you get home and realize you only have enough room for half of it.
Determine Your Budget
Building your dream outdoor kitchen is not an inexpensive endeavor. Most grill heads for outdoor islands start around $1500 and can get up to $7000 depending on the brand. That's just for the barbecue. Then you need to consider how much you are willing to spend on the rest of the components. Add several thousand dollars for the construction of the actual island and you can see how it adds up.
For a less expensive option, you can consider the Napoleon Oasis collection. This collection of pieces allow you to build a custom modular outdoor kitchen without using a contractor. The island is built out of a series of powder-coated, galvanized steel modular units that lock your components into one another. You will just need to source out a countertop that fits the final configuration. Visit one of our stores and we can help you realize the Oasis of your dreams, with the exception of the countertop.
If your budget is at least $10,000 and up then you might prefer the flexibility of building a custom barbecue island from scratch.
Choose the components to include
Now this is the fun part. Now that you know what your budget and space requirements are, you can put together a list of the components you'd like to include. We recommend starting with the grill head. After all, it is the biggest, most important piece in the mix and will likely have the highest price tag.
Next, look at storage options. Are simple access doors enough for you if you're not planning on storing anything in the island, or do you want storage drawers to hid all your barbecue unmentionables? If your outdoor kitchen island will be fueled by propane then a propane tank drawer should definitely be on your list.
Accessory burners, like side burners or teppanyaki griddles should be next. If you want the full functionality of your indoor kitchen in the great outdoors, I'd highly recommend one of these.
Lastly, if you're planning on entertaining, and have the space, adding a refrigerator or even a beverage prep center to your grill island is a great idea. Make sure that it is outdoor rated though! We also have beer dispensers and wine coolers available.
These types of renovations are in fact set in stone, quite literally, so make sure that you are sure about the pieces you choose to include or exclude because your decision will last for decades.
Visit one of our showrooms to see all of your options. You can browse the items on our website, but know that there are far more options available than what you see on the site.