Built-in Grills are becoming more and more popular. In an economy that is making a recovery, we have seen a steady increase in the number of grills and outdoor kitchens we've been asked to install. So how much does a built-in grill cost to install? Well - It depends.
There are a few factors to think about first...
How big of a grill do you want?
Do you want to be able to bring it in in the winter?
Do you want a larger countertop space to be able to prepare and serve the food?
What kind of countertop do you have in mind? Granite, bluestone, concrete or something else?
The grill itself is a huge factor in what gets built. There are basically two styles: drop-in grills and roll-in grills (or a grill that has a base and cart). A drop-in grill is more or less a permanent fixture. And because most people are not going to be bringing it in for the winter it needs to be of a quality that will withstand the outdoors and won't rust. Prices for an average sized, good quality stainless steel grill that won't rust and corrode can range from $1,500 to over $10,000. Most models can be used with bottled propane or natural gas.
Roll-in grills can also be used in outdoor kitchens. A quality stainless steel grill on wheels will usually cost anywhere from $800 and up.
The next factor to consider is how the stonework surrounds the grill. Some of our simplest built-in grills are a basic U-shaped stone cabinet that a roll-in grill can just slide into. Our more complicated built-in grills usually have a bar attached to them as well, so the stonework in that case is more extensive. There is a wide range of pricing on the stone work - due to the fact that each grill is slightly different and the layout for each outdoor kitchen is usually custom designed. A simple grill surround for a roll-in grill usually ranges from $2,200 to $3,500, while the stonework for a drop-in grill can range from $6,000 to $12,000, depending on the chosen features and materials.
Lastly, consider the different types of countertop materials. Just like in the kitchen of your home, the materials for outside are just as varied. We like to keep our material choices from being too overwhelming so we usually work with either natural bluestone or granite. Some of our basic grill designs have used a manufactured cap stone as the countertop, but that is not common, due to the limited widths available. The cost to install bluestone is generally more economical than granite, but there is quite a bit of on site cutting, fitting and finishing that has to take place with both of them. While bluestone can range from $40 to $60 per square foot of stone, granite can range from $75 to over $300 per square foot.