An enjoyable outdoor living space is a must-have for most people here in Texas – we are able to spend just about every day outside without too much trouble. Of course it does get a little toasty in the summer, but with the right design and ample shade even the summer heat can be beat. For many, the singular thing that holds us back when making big decisions is something called … moolah. But with the right budget, a good plan and the perfect builders, your outdoor oasis is actually within reach!
Budgeting for your outdoor living space is actually easier than you may think. We have built outdoor living spaces with just about every single budget in mind. We put together a quick guide that will you have you well on your way to building out your outdoor space. So get ready to start planning, building and living (outside)!
How to budget for your outdoor living space …
How big of an area is considered ample?
Whether you are wanting a covered patio, a pergola, a sunroom or a screened in porch about 300 square feet is average. If you go much smaller than that, you will feel cramped and will not have enough room for both a dining area and a sitting area. The cost for something that size would start around 25K – Sunrooms would be more due to windows and inside wall finishes.
What are items that would affect this budget?
* Type and configuration of your home – 1 Story homes usually run more because the roof tie-in is more complicated.
* Do you have concrete already? Having an existing patio or other flat surface will lower your cost… unless you want something more than a standard brushed concrete surface. Upgraded surfaces – stamped concrete, tile, travertine, stone pavers means your cost will increase.
* Type of columns – do you have any existing columns on your home? If so, you may want to match them – are they brick or stone? That will be an added cost because a standard column is wrapped with hardie board and painted to match your home’s paint color.
*Ceiling finish – Like the columns a standard ceiling is just hardie plank painted to match your home’s soffit. If you want a different look, you can go with cedar or stained tongue and groove, you will need to add some to your budget.
* Electrical matters – a basic project does include running electricity for recessed lights and ceiling fans as well as wiring for a TV and sound system.
So, what does a 300 SF project with some of the upgraded options cost?
* With additional items such as those listed above, your 300 SF project would start around 30K -35K.
What if I want to add an outdoor kitchen? Several things need to occur …
*Size of the space – to have adequate space to accommodate the added kitchen area, we suggest an area that is closer to 400 SF. So, that is an added cost to build your covered area.
*A basic kitchen – this is a tough question – you can have a small, very functional outdoor kitchen area that is in the 8 – 10 linear foot area. To get lots of prep and serving space, you may want to consider something that is closer to the 14-15 linear foot option. Our kitchens include a custom built counter area with granite, stacked stone, brick, or stucco, stainless steel appliances (grill, fridge, storage). The 8-10 linear foot kitchens would start around 15-20K, the larger kitchen would start around 20-25K.
Can it be bigger?
* Absolutely! We have built kitchens that are as large as 20-25 linear feet.
* Why the 5K range in the cost?
Many things affect that – type and size of grill, choice of granite, propane or natural gas, raised bar top, type of side finishes, among other choices.
What about adding a fire feature?
*A fireplace – whether wood burning or natural gas – will generally add about 15-20K to your project. Your choice of stone, is there going to be a mantle, and how big will the hearth be all play key roles in the cost of the fireplace.
* A fire pit – again whether it is wood burning or natural gas – will add about 3-6K to your project. The size, shape and type of stone plays a part in the variance of the cost.
So as you can see … a lot goes into the prepping and planning when building something to any extent, but it CAN be done! Take notes, let us know how we can help and we look forward to building something beautiful for you!