When you consider giving your outdoor space a makeover, one of the best features you can add is a BBQ island. It makes a great addition to a paver patio project and will offer you so many opportunities to entertain. Savon Pavers will work with you to create the perfect BBQ island in San Diego or surrounding communities.
After you add a BBQ island to your pavers patio project, you, your family, and guests will really enjoy eating out, but not in a restaurant, rather in your yard.
What is a BBQ Island?
A BBQ island is a type of outdoor kitchen, and the two terms are often used interchangeably. However, typically the BBQ setup is not permanently secured as you would see with an outdoor kitchen. Although, the island can be permanently attached, especially if you have a gas line running to the station to provide the fuel for cooking.
BBQ Grill Islands are a Great Investment in San Diego
Because of the weather in the Greater San Diego area, BBQ islands are a great investment. Winters here are mild, giving homeowners the choice of using their outdoor grill islands all year. While in many other areas of the United States, rain might limit how much a family can enjoy an outdoor kitchen, that’s really not an issue here.
So, an island grill is a solid investment because of all the use you can get out of it, and another reason is that it will make your home more attractive if you should ever decide to put it on the market. Paver projects, as well as outdoor kitchens and custom BBQs, help fetch a nice return if you choose to sell your home.
Trends in Custom BBQs
Over the past decade, we have seen a tremendous change in how homeowners treat their outdoor living space. In the past, outdoor cooking usually referred to grilling on a small gas or charcoal unit. But now, homeowners want a custom design for their outdoors, which often includes an outdoor kitchen/grill island.
Those who choose to go with the barbecue island like the addition of granite countertops, which add a touch of class and distinction. The counter space also provides a place where people can sit as they enjoy good food and good company.
Another popular feature is a food preparation area. It will save you a lot of time running back and forth from the kitchen inside to the kitchen outside.
Today’s designs can be covered or open-air grill islands. The open-air designs allow homeowners to take in all of the scenery in their outdoor living space. If you choose to totally revamp your outdoors, then you might want to consider how landscaping can complement your outdoor project.
Benefits of a Perfect BBQ Island
When you have your BBQ island designed, it becomes part of a larger work of art. It is no longer just an open area where you have room to set up a grill. It becomes a custom outdoor kitchen created to meet the unique features of your yard along with your desires.
Here are some other benefits when you decide on an outdoor island:
- An entertaining spot that allows friends and family to gather around and share stories over drinks, appetizers, and meals;
- A beautiful focal point for any backyard design;
- A comfortable seating area for relaxing after a long day (or week) at work or school;
- If your BBQ is powered by propane or charcoal, you can cook when the power goes out; and
- A chance to try different kinds of foods.
If you are wondering how having an outdoor kitchen island can have an impact on the kinds of cuisines you can try, it’s because a grill allows for different kinds of cooking methods than an indoor kitchen. It’s difficult trying to cook shish kebabs in a pan on the stove. Hobo packs (marinated meats and vegetables wrapped in foil) just need to be cooked on a grill. Burgers and brats just don’t taste the same cooked indoors.
What Should You Include in Your Custom BBQ Island?
Your options are nearly endless when you choose to go with a BBQ island as part of your overall paver project. One of the things you need to consider is how many people, on average, you plan to entertain. This will determine what size grill you need, how much counter space you will want, and how big the paver area should be.
As you think about your perfect BBQ island in San Diego, think about if you want an outdoor refrigerator and a small sink.
Depending upon the grill you choose, some homeowners like to include a Green Egg, a smoker, or a flat-top griddle, which are great if you enjoy cooking breakfast outdoors. Pizza ovens are a popular option, too.
When it comes to designing your outdoor and entertaining space, make sure you communicate with your designer what is important for you and your family. This is an investment, and you want to ensure you get the absolute best return from it.
Let Savon Pavers Help You Design Your Perfect BBQ Island
When you are ready to begin your paver project with a BBQ island, the designers at Savon Pavers can help you think through the entire process so you understand what’s needed and what will make your project better.
If the island is one of the components of a grander, outdoor living environment design project, then we’ll make sure your “home outside” has a consistent look and feel where each of the features complements one another.
We know sometimes homeowners are unsure how to begin these kinds of projects. Our team has years of experience working with pavers projects, whether they be BBQ islands, custom fire pits, patios, entryways, pathways, driveways, artificial turf, and low-voltage landscape lighting.
Savon Pavers is here to answer any questions and provide guidance throughout the entire process. Our goal is to give you peace of mind knowing that everything is being done correctly and professionally.