Prefab Outdoor Kitchens vs. Custom Outdoor Kitchens

What is the difference between prefab outdoor kitchens and custom outdoor kitchens? Read on to learn more about your outdoor kitchen options.

Over the last several years, outdoor kitchens have consistently ranked among the most popular outdoor living space features. Not only do they act as an extension of your home and provide additional entertaining space, but due to their popularity, they can even increase the resale value of your home.

When adding an outdoor kitchen to your outdoor living space, you have two options: a prefab outdoor kitchen or a custom outdoor kitchen. Not sure which one you should choose? Here are a few things you should know about your outdoor kitchen options.

What is a prefab outdoor kitchen?
Prefab outdoor kitchens, also called ready-to-assemble, ready-to-finish, or modular outdoor kitchens, are designed for convenience. They are delivered directly to your home and ready for you to assemble and install. Prefab outdoor kitchens come in standard sizes, typically five to eight feet, with the eight-foot outdoor kitchen ranking as one of the most popular sizes. These kitchens usually come in different packages with different elements already included, a grill and cabinets, for example, or a grill, a side burner, and a refrigerator. While these packages often allow little to no customization, this does make them a more budget-friendly outdoor kitchen solution. 

What is a custom outdoor kitchen?
Custom outdoor kitchens are designed and built specifically to your preferences. Unlike prefab outdoor kitchens that come ready for you to assemble, an outdoor living professional or contractor will work with the necessary trades to install your custom outdoor kitchen. Do you want an eight-foot outdoor kitchen complete with a grill, storage, and pizza oven with granite countertops and stone finishing? No problem. Or maybe you want a customized-sized kitchen that fits the unique shape of your outdoor living space and has all the appliances of a traditional kitchen. That works too. From start to finish, you have control over every aspect of your outdoor kitchen, turning your dreams into reality. However, customization comes at a cost, and custom outdoor kitchens are often more expensive than prefab outdoor kitchens. 

Should I install a prefab outdoor kitchen or a custom outdoor kitchen?
While an eight-foot outdoor kitchen delivered directly to your doorstep might sound appealing, over time, you may find that the basic design no longer fits your lifestyle. If you want to invest in an outdoor kitchen that will stand the test of time because it was explicitly built to suit your needs, a custom outdoor kitchen is the way to go.

If you are ready to experience the benefits of a custom outdoor kitchen, contact CSS Fireplaces & Outdoor Living. For more than two decades, we have helped Jacksonville and Ormond beach homeowners create custom outdoor kitchens to meet their unique wants and needs. If having the ultimate outdoor kitchen is your dream, our team of professionals can help you design and build it. We carry top brands, including Fire Magic, Blaze, AOG, Big Green Egg, American Muscle Grill, Twin Eagles, Memphis Wood Fire Grills, Green Mountain Grills, Delta Heat, Evo, and Lynx. Whether you want the best grill on the market, granite countertops, a wine cooler, a pizza oven, or all of the above and everything in between, we’ve got you covered. Visit our online outdoor kitchen gallery for inspiration, and then contact us to see how we can bring your vision for your custom outdoor kitchen to life.

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