Those of us who spend our recreation time outdoors with family and friends enjoy preparing meals on the patio. Built-In Grill areas are the “Wow” factor of your patio design. Built-In grill areas can provide ample counter top space for food prep and buffet style serving. The surround is customized for your appliances and specific level of need. The proper size and shape of your built-in grill area depends on the overall landscape design and available space.
There are many different materials that can be used to build your outdoor kitchen. I typically use mortar set limestone for the surround and Limestone or Bluestone counter tops. Typical appliances include drop in grills of various sizes, under cabinet doors, double burner cook tops and mini refrigerators.
Every built-in grill is custom made for the specific appliances that you choose for your outdoor kitchen. The size of the built-in grill depends largely on the available patio space. We design the built-ins to fit proportionately into the overall patio design.
Built-In Grills can fit into small spaces too. To avoid that “Island” effect consider transitioning your grill surround into a seatwall and columns. The landscape design can also help minimize the bulk of a built-in grill. Planting a few shrubs in the background or off to one side of the grill surround will soften the stone up nicely.
There are a couple of additional factors to consider when planning a built-in grill surround. A drop in grill top typically runs on Natural Gas. The construction of the surround includes plumbing with gas pipe and shut off valves. Additionally, we typically run electrical to the built-in grill. It will be needed if a mini fridge is designed in. Electrical will also be used for an outlet or two. It’s always nice to have a place to plug in a coffee pot and a crock pot.