It’s grilling season – time for an outdoor kitchen!

When considering a garden project one common question we ask new clients is: what about an outdoor kitchen?  This time of year is the reason why Californians cook outside – we take advantage of the warm weather and longer days.  Plus it doesn’t feel like such a chore grilling outside – clean-up is minimal and a glass of wine in the garden is always appreciated and enjoyed after a long day inside the office.

There are a lot of possibilities when considering a built in BBQ and outdoor kitchen, personal preference is definitely the controlling factor.  How much grilling will you be doing? What about additional bar seating and countertop space?  Do you need a sink for clean up?  Do you want a refrigerator for prepped food or drinks for the party?   What about keeping food warm? What about a side burner for your beans? Are you answering yes to all of the above? It’s all possible in your outdoor kitchen.  I’ve even recently heard about a blender that can be sunk and built into a countertop for margaritas!

We’ve built many custom built in BBQs for our clients.  Every one is different from accessories to counter tops to wall materials.  Right now we are starting construction on an outdoor kitchen that is going to include building in a big green egg!  Here are some custom built in BBQS we’ve constructed for our clients:

This stucco BBQ has a custom Brazilian slate slab countertop.  The client included an outlet for additional appliances.

This stucco BBQ has a custom Brazilian slate slab countertop. The client included an outlet for additional appliances.

This fully loaded BBQ includes a light for the late night BBQ session.

This fully loaded BBQ includes a light for the late night BBQ session.

This outdoor kitchen includes an arbor for added shade during the day and down lights for the evening.

This outdoor kitchen includes an arbor for added shade during the day and down lights for the evening.

This fully loaded outdoor kitchen includes a circular bar with additional storage underneath.

This fully loaded outdoor kitchen includes a circular bar with additional storage underneath.

This simple BBQ matches the landscape with brick walls and a granite countertop to compliment the bluestone patio.

This simple BBQ matches the landscape with brick walls and a granite countertop to compliment the bluestone patio.

Now that's some great bar seating - gotta keep company with the cook!

Now that’s some great bar seating – gotta keep company with the cook!

No outdoor kitchen is complete without a place to sit!  This homeowner went bold with blue tile countertops.

No outdoor kitchen is complete without a place to sit! This homeowner went bold with blue tile countertops.

Many people order new BBQs when planning their outdoor kitchen, however if you love your current grill there are many options to build the countertops around your existing grill and simply slide it in to a permanent structure.  Or maybe instead of a building a custom unit, you just want your design to include a specific spot for your grill like in these projects:

This grill found its permanent home in this structure - even had a large warming drawer on the side - no one likes cold food here!

This grill found its permanent home in this structure – even had a large warming drawer on the side – no one likes cold food here!

This garden has the perfect cut out for their BBQ - now it has a permanent place, but is still a moveable fixture!

This garden has the perfect cut out for their BBQ – now it has a permanent place, but is still a moveable fixture!

This homeowner already had this great prefab unit in their garden, with a coat of paint on the stucco and a spot in the garden (including a permanent gas line) it looks like it was built in!

This homeowner already had this great prefab unit in their garden, with a coat of paint on the stucco and a spot in the garden (including a permanent gas line) it looks like it was built in!

As I’ve mentioned there are many options when considering adding an outdoor kitchen and Built in BBQ to your garden.  It’s important to decide what you want in your kitchen if you’re ready to make it a permanent fixture in your garden.  Whether you’re ready for your own custom Built in BBQ or you’re just ready to grill, be sure to check out our previous blog – 5 tips for cleaning your gas grill – it will for sure come in handy this season – Enjoy your time outside and Happy grilling!