Your backyard can become the neighborhood hangout for warm summer days and bring about some outdoor party ideas, with a well designed backyard barbecue.
Building your own backyard barbecue can turn your backyard into a grilling fan’s heaven. Your backyard can become the neighborhood hangout for warm summer days and bring about some outdoor party ideas, with a well designed backyard barbecue.
You’ll need to consider a few things when preparing to build your own BBQ area in your yard, but with the right ideas a great home grilling barbecue setup can be built and ready to use in just a day or two.
1.) Basic pit or advanced grill – Do you want a fire pit in your backyard? Just a pit with charcoal or wood burning under a metal grate. Or do you want a full grilling system powered by propane and complete with burners, warming racks, and perhaps even a small oven?
Deciding between basic pit and outdoor kitchen, or something in between, is the first thing you need to focus on. Consider your budget, how often you’ll use the barbecue, and what you’ll cook on it. Plus consider your time and how much effort you are willing to put forth, a fire pit is easy to build but a full grill setup may require much more planning.
2.) Ease of repairs – If you chose the fire pit option, this might not be a concern. But any grill with electric power, gas lines, and lots of functions is going to need replacement parts at some point. If you want to build a brick and concrete grilling station with a gas grill built in, make sure you can easily access the inner workings of the system later down the line.
3.) Weather – You need to design your backyard barbecue so that it can hold up to the weather conditions year round in your area. In preparing to purchase building supplies for your project, consider where you are placing the grill or pit, and determine if you need to design an enclosure for your barbecue.
Keep in mind that any enclosure shouldn’t block the ventilation and smoke coming from your cooking. Any covers or ‘winterizing’ steps taken should be removable for regular use.
4.) Location and Safety – Your backyard barbecue should be in a safe location where it is away from other sources of flame and fire, especially if you are using a gas grill. Your setup should be located in a place where open flame and smoke won’t cause a risk for catching your home, landscaping, or those nearby on fire.
Be aware of building overhangs directly above your proposed location. Also consider nearby trees and other potentially flammable items. If using a fire pit, make sure access to the pit is restricted to prevent children or pets from getting too close to the open flames.
5.) More then a grilling station – Depending on your budget and available space, consider making your backyard barbecue more then just a place to cook burgers and hot dogs. The great thing about building your own BBQ is that you can customize it any way you’d like. I’ve seen home setups that have cabinets, mini ovens, and even mini-fridges built right into the whole design. Make the most out of your outdoor cooking and dining while making your backyard BBQ a conversation piece.
6.) Consider hook-ups – When designing your backyard grilling setup, consider what kind of connections you’ll need. If you are using propane tanks, you’ll need to plan for a safe and secure location to keep the tank and to run the lines. The same holds true for any setup connected to a gas line. Also any electrical components that you need should be set up in a way that protects them from open flames, liquids, and animals.
7.) Looks – You want a backyard barbecue that is both functional and looks good in your yard. If you don’t have the space for a full set up, don’t try to cram a design into the small area. Not only is it unsafe, but it simply won’t look good.
Design the looks to match the area and even your home. If, for example, you have a brick house, brick framing around your BBQ would match and look great. If you have a swimming pool and lots of rocks in your landscaping, using a design that incorporates various slates and stones into the decorative design could look amazing.
The sky is the limit when it comes to the look of your barbecue set up, but coordinating it to the surrounding area will make it look even more impressive.
8.) Shop wisely – You don’t need to build your backyard BBQ from scratch to make it your own. In fact you can buy many of the components for your BBQ already built, such as the grill itself and then incorporate it into your design.
Go to a large home improvement store such as Lowe’s or The Home Depot. These places will have everything that you could ever want or need for your DIY barbecue building project. You’ll be able to get everything from the grill to the 2 x 4s and bricks needed to build the frame. Plus many places such as these will have displays and samples of what your home barbecue could look like.
9.) Consider pre-made parts – Going along with tip # 8, you can buy grill inserts specially designed for DIY projects such as these. You can even find pre-made frames to hold various parts of your setup from the grill itself to ovens and fridges. Ask at your local home improvement warehouse to see what packages they offer. But still consider building it yourself, many stores overcharge to do what you could do yourself.
10.) Years of use – One of the best tips I can give you when considering building your backyard barbecue is to consider the time spent using the grill or pit. Will you be at your current home for at least a few years? If not you may want to consider holding off on building this backyard cooking setup as you won’t be able to take it with you.
Of course, if you design a beautiful and fully functional pit or grill that will last years, that can be a selling point for your property. On the flip side, much like swimming pools, some permanent additions such as these outdoor kitchens can turn away potential buyers who may not want to bother with grilling and the upkeep of a backyard barbecue.
These are just some things to consider before going ahead and building your dream backyard barbecue. Always seek professional advice or help if you aren’t sure of how to do certain steps, such as connecting gas or electrical lines.