Few things rival the appeal of a backyard barbecue on a summer night. Here's another notion that's sure to please: Upgrade your barbecue area to an outdoor kitchen, and any money you spend on it will increase your home's value. "In any market a home with an outdoor kitchen would help buyers choose it over another without one," says Karen Schwartz of ERA Real Estate
. The homeowners of the Pasadena, California, kitchen pictured here heartily agree. "When we first looked at this house," says the wife, "the outdoor kitchen was a huge bonus." Although fairly simple in style, the kitchen's 120 square feet of space includes all the amenities: a built-in gas grill, separate side burners, refrigerator, sink, fireplace, and large seating bar. And while such a wealth of features would push a similar kitchen to a hefty $25,000, estimates Pasadena landscape architect Mark Berry (who designed this one), you can get just as much function on a much lower budget. Read on to learn how.