An outdoor grill gives you the perfect opportunity to expand your kitchen, cook and entertain guests. Here are DIY tips on how to build outdoor grilling area.
Although outdoor grilling spaces are innately designed for those beautiful summer days and nights, a well-designed outdoor kitchen should be able to see you through even the dreariest of winter months.
If expertly built, this can act as an all-weather kitchen that will not close due to the forces of the elements. With that being said, here are some tips on how to build the best outdoor grilling space for your home.
Think about the foundation and flooring material
As is the case with any type of construction, the foundation is key to the overall success of the entire project. An outdoor grilling area is not an exception to this rule. To build the perfect foundation, you need to think about all the different weather changes that will affect that part of the home.
Being that it is outdoors, the foundation, as well as the floor of the grilling area, will undergo particular wear and tear. So you need to use durable material that is not only all weather but also easy to clean. You should also take into account the fact that you will be piling on various appliances as well as sitting options on this very foundation. So it needs to be sturdy and expertly done.
Find the right appliances
For an outdoor grill to be considered ‘an outdoor grill’ it needs at least two of these three basic appliances:
A grill (charcoal or gas is your choice).
A sink where you can clean out utensils and wash the meat to be grilled.
A small fridge that you can stock up with beers for the guys.
Choosing the right kind of appliances is key to how durable and functional your outdoor grill will remain through the different weather patterns. You need to install appliances that are not only practical but also built for all-weather conditions. Stainless steel or ceramic appliances are perfect for this kind of thing.
What about the location?
We do not mean to tell you how to organise your own outdoor space, but when it comes to building a practical outdoor grilling space, the location does matter. It is about practicality as well as it about aesthetics. Here is what you need to do:
Find space where the smoke from the grill will not get into the house.
Make sure it is close to the indoor kitchen because this is supposed to be just an extension that and not a whole different house.
Place it an angle to maintain your current view from your house (if that is what you want).
You could also add some flare to this location by placing some eccentric lighting fixtures as well as outdoor furniture. Just remember to bear the weather changes in mind.
When it comes down to it, building an outdoor grilling area for your home can be one of the most fulfilling projects you can undertake as an avid DIY enthusiast. But since this sort of thing might involve an extension of power cables, it might be best to consult with a professional contractor first.