The Bluestone Barbecue – Mr. Homeowner’s Favorite – RB Project #8.5

Hardscape · Written by Roger

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What is it with guys and BBQ grills?  Give us some marinated meat, a cold beer, tongs and a hot grill, and we feel like Rocky at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps.

bluestone.barbeque1Design the Outdoor Cooking Area for Function

Before you run out and get the biggest grill that fits in your SUV, there are a few things to consider – and you need to get these right.  First, consider proximity to the indoor kitchen. Unless you’re planning a complete outdoor kitchen with duplicates of everything in your indoor kitchen, you’re going to be running in and out getting stuff.

Next, think about the position of the cooking area in relation to the rest of the outdoor living space.  Ideally you’d like to be somewhat near the table and chairs or the main “eating area”.  This is not critical, so if you’ve exhausted all possible layouts, go with what works best.

bluestone.barbeque2If the project budget and space allows it, figure in additional patio area for an informal setting for conversation.  A few chairs and low table work great.

Sound familiar?  It’s just like designing the space on the inside of your house.

Oh, and one last thing on “functional design” for cooking areas.  Provide enough space in and around the cook area for a few people to hang-out and keep the cook company. They hunger for your conversation and whatever you’re grilling.

bluestone.barbeque3Appliances and Components Affect Construction

Your selection of features and components must be established before construction.  Each will have its own specifications in terms of dimensions, utility connections and structural requirements for installation.

Our bluestone barbecue will accommodate a grill with storage cabinet, 2 cook-top burners and a refrigerator. All these items were selected and on-site for the mason, plumber and electrician to reference during construction.bluestone.barbeque4

Plan, plan, plan.  I know I sound like a broken record, but don’t just think about things you want today, but also about things you may want down the line.  Odds are good there are facilities you can build into your work today that will help for your future plans.  The PVC conduit pipe you see in the first picture is running through our barbecue construction to accommodate future wires for audio on the other side of the patio.  I overheard the homeowner say to the audio guy, “I can’t wait to hear Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” on my patio!” This neighborhood is in for a….treat?


Here’s the previous post on this project. And here’s the next.

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