Summer is here and outside dinning is a terrific way to bring family and friends together. Convert that grill on wheels to a custom built-in BBQ that you will be proud of. With so many different products on the market today, such as weatherproof cabinetry, you can design your own outdoor kitchen.
You should begin your project with a drawing of how you want your built-in BBQ layout to look. Make sure your BBQ design includes plenty of counter space. Today’s built-in BBQs are primarily constructed out of steel–studs, because of it’s ease to work with, it allows you the freedom to create almost any size and style BBQ you desire.
Your design can have many different features such as: a bar top or an elongated island with an umbrella, trellis or even a grass Palapa to provide shade for your guests. A raised back splash behind the grill can give your built-in BBQ a beautiful finished look. It also enables you to add decorative lighting and brighten your work surface during the evening. Consider adding a tabletop fire bowl or a built in fireplace giving your guests a warm place to gather in the cool evening.
Make sure you locate your BBQ in an area of your backyard that offensive smoke won’t be drawn in to your covered patio or home. In many cases a new foundation may be necessary. Stamped–colored concrete or brick pavers can be a beautiful beginning to your built-in BBQ feature.
Power, water & gas will be the basis for your backyard entertaining, providing the modern grill master with the necessary appliances and fixtures at his fingertips. You will need to establish the connection of some or all of these utilities at the start of your project.
Design-Build features to consider:
- Refrigerator/Ice maker
- Built-in condiment trays/Side burners
- Custom weatherproof cabinetry
- Open shelving for extra storage
- Misting system
- Stainless steel doors and shelving
The finishes of your built-in BBQ depends upon your personality and budget. First decide on the type of theme you want to create (Tuscany, Modern, Caribbean, Southwest ect.) in your backyard. There are many different wall surface combinations you can use to achieve your goal, such as; stucco with pop-outs, ceramic or slate tile accents, medallions, mosaic tile insets, stone or brick. When selecting your countertop surface, it should be a hard durable surface such as granite or ceramic tile, easy to clean and maintain.
A custom Design-Build BBQ is a great way to enhance the value of your home and create the perfect backyard.