An outdoor kitchen or BBQ station can be a great way to enhance the appearance of your garden while also providing a private area for you, your family, and your guests. They are great for summer parties and barbecues, as well as for birthday celebrations.
The only issue? They can be quite costly and laborious to construct.
Many people may need to construct an outdoor kitchen on a budget if money is tight; it's completely feasible.
Outdoor kitchens can be some of the most creative spaces, whether you're on a tight budget or just interested in a new idea. Because you have to find strategies to overcome the higher cost of some components.
Let's see how you can make a house for yourself.
What are the dimensions of your outdoor BBQ or kitchen?
Before we get into the technicalities of making one, you'll first want to make a list of what you'll want to use your outdoor BBQ/kitchen for.
An outdoor kitchen may or may not include grills and other cooking equipment, as well as outside seating, counter space, and sometimes even a bar area. Rest assured, you can easily construct an outdoor kitchen on a budget by thinking creatively.
Such a decision is completely up to you and will depend entirely on your desires and needs.
If you aren't too picky about what you put in your room, you can avoid a lot of expensive items, and you can always repair it later.
Having said that, for a fixed BBQ/kitchen, there is one thing you cannot really avoid - preparing the ground beneath the thing. The foundation on which your outdoor kitchen is constructed might be one of the most costly components.
Many people choose brick, concrete, or slate, which are all forms of masonry, as their outdoor kitchen base, but you may also choose other materials if you want it to stand out more.
This is a complicated undertaking, therefore you may want to outsource the job to a professional builder. With experience, you'll know the job has been completed correctly - as long as the contractor is experienced.
Decks are typically the most costly option when you add up the cost of materials, foundation, and leveling that must be done to ensure a strong foundation for your outdoor kitchen. If you choose a stone or slate foundation that sits on the ground, you may be able to save money and install it yourself.
What are the steps to constructing an outdoor BBQ island?
With the help of HGTV, an outdoor grilling island is a great way to create a custom cooking area.
The majority, or all, of these tips may be used to construct larger outdoor kitchen/BBQ configurations.
1.Measure twice, cut once!
The first step is to determine the actual size or base of the project. You'll need to have an idea of the grill or BBQ you'll be using, so it's usually a good idea to obtain one first - unless you already have one.
Measure the grill's width and depth, making sure to include any items (like gas lines) that stick out of the back, if applicable. Be as exact as possible, and round up decimals to the nearest 1/2-inch (roughly 1.27-1.5 cm).
These measurements will be used to determine the width of space required to accommodate your outdoor kitchen/BBQ station. This will give you some margin of error when constructing the piece. It will also ensure that the grill/BBQ fits correctly!
Measure the height from the ground to the top of the lid and subtract 2 inches (about 5 cm) off the measurement. This will give you a bit of a lip above the grill/BBQ. With that done, estimate how wide and deep the island will be as a whole.
A good rule of thumb is to make the island three times the width of the grill, but this isn't written in stone. However, this will ensure that each side of the grill has the same counter space.
A good idea is to add 6 and 1/2 inches (16.5 cm) to the depth of the grill too. Again, this is just a guide value, but gives you an idea of what dimensions you'll most likely want.
2.Now that you have laid the foundation for the island, construct the structure for the island.
Once you have all of the dimensions, depth, and grill opening dimensions you've created, you can begin to construct the island's U-shaped top and base. Pressure-treated 2x4 studs and wood screws are a great choice.
Use pocket screws or face-driven wood screws to connect two pieces of pressure-treated wood to the vertical corners. Take the height of the countertop and subtract 3.75 inches (9.5 cm) plus the thickness of the countertop, which is usually between 1 inch (2.54 cm) and 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) to obtain the frame/legs that support the countertop.
A good idea to include an edge band around the top frame of the island to keep it secure. If you want to add doors and storage to the island, you can cover the base frame with plywood. Also ensure you screw wood screws into each corner of the base, verticals, and top frame.
Turn the finished frame over and place leveling feet on each corner, and every two feet across the back.
3.It's now countertop time.
If you are unsure what materials to select, you may contact a local countertop manufacturer for assistance. There are also plenty of helpful websites on the internet that you may use to assist you.
Considerations when choosing a material include whether or not it is simple to clean and will weather well over time.
Once the material is selected and the time period for its preparation has been established, you may request an installer to make a template for the island frame, making sure to include at least a 1-inch (2.54cm) overhang all the way around. Make sure to take into account both the overhang and the thickness of any cladding you may want to add.
5.Deteriorate the island
With all of the main components now ready, you may start the main assembly.
Place the island's final structure in its final position and make sure it is level. Adjust the feet and, if needed, add a plastic shim/washer/wedge if the difference in the ground is greater than the feet can handle.
Install the countertop when you have completed the installation. Remember to keep the grill close in case you need to make any last-minute changes to the top.
6.Make it look beautiful.
We may now make the island appear more attractive thanks to the main structure. The island's exterior may be made of metal, stone, or wood, among many other materials.
Selecting wood cladding, like pine strips, is a timeless choice.
If you want to install a different material, such as brick, you may need to sheath the outside first. Use this time to determine if you need storage doors that open and close.
7.Install the grill/BBQ
The last step is the final installation of the grill or barbecue.
Place the grill in place, being careful not to twist any of the edges on the outside. Make sure the grill's front is flush with the front of the island so that air can escape the grill.
Your lovingly crafted outdoor BBQ/outdoor kitchen island is now ready to cook up and use! Have a great day!
What is the procedure to construct a barbecue grill?
Several things have already been covered, but if you want a structure that will last a bit longer than a wood one, there are a number of other building materials you should consider using.
The first step is constructing the main body of your BBQ grill/outdoor kitchen from cinder blocks.
Concrete blocks or Cinder blocks are used in outdoor kitchens. A structure made of concrete blocks must be constructed on a flat, sturdy slab of concrete. Concrete block is inexpensive, reliable, and easy to deal with.
The outside of the kitchen may be covered with decorative concrete panels, stucco, tile, and stone.
You may build anything you want from concrete blocks while you can set up your kitchen however you like, and add as many or as few appliances and accessories as you like. You need to know how to work with stone to accomplish this endeavor. Do a lot of research beforehand or hire an expert contractor who can do the job.
Another excellent choice is masonry, similar to bricks.
Brick kitchens will also need to be constructed on a concrete slab, as brick structures are quite heavy. However, beware that assembling a brick outdoor kitchen may be tough and lengthy.
The end product will be sturdy and able to withstand a lot of abuse over time. In addition, you will not have to paint a brick kitchen that will already be beautiful.
A brick outdoor kitchen may be altered in any manner you desire.
If you don't have a lot of experience building bricks and mortar, you may modify your kitchen as you like. Appliances and accessories can be added as many or as few as you want.
Another great building material is steel frame.
Steel frames are extremely strong and can withstand heat and weather extremely well. You may purchase ready-made steel frame kits that are designed for outdoor kitchens.
Steel frames come in many different styles and can house a wide range of appliances and extras, which is fantastic. There are also many great resources on installing these kinds of equipment, like this one we covered a few years ago.
Steel frame kits can be used to build anything from simple to complex outdoor kitchens. They are usually bolted to a concrete slab, and can be altered however you wish. The walls may be stuccoed, stone-clad, or tiled.
You may also combine these various materials to achieve the desired appearance, size, shape, and appearance. The choice is ultimately yours.
How do I budget for an outdoor kitchen?
So, you've now acquired an appreciation for the process, but are there any solutions for building one on a tight budget?
The amount of cash you have available will inevitably limit your choices, but that doesn't mean you can't make a decent one by making a few concessions and some imaginative planning.
One of the best ways to make an outdoor kitchen on a budget is to use already-used wood, stone, and brick. They lower the cost, and as long as you don't care too much about how "stylish" your outdoor kitchen is, you may use any materials you want.
Another thing to keep an eye on is making the most of inexpensive furniture. Even if many people choose to purchase sets that go together, this is often the most costly option and not necessarily the best.
If you're looking for secondhand furniture, or even freebies, make sure to browse the internet or papers. You should also check out flea markets, garage sales, etc., where you can find inexpensive sets of furniture, window boxes, and lights to enhance the space's atmosphere.
The centerpiece and most important items are, of course, the actual grill/BBQ. This will be the most likely purchase you'll make, but you may also lower costs here.
You'll save money on costly custom choices and having your grill installed. As an added bonus, you can choose a grill you'll treasure if you decide or need to move.
Win, win, win.
Utilizing bottled propane instead of natural gas to alimentate your grills will also save you money, since running gas and electricity to your outdoor kitchen will cost more. Even if you buy a pre-made grill, choose one that is less costly but still meets your spending criteria.
There are also solid fuel options available. Which type you choose will depend entirely on your needs and desires, but there are advantages and disadvantages between them. Be sure to check local regulations on the use of outdoor fuels.
If you purchase a new grill every year, it will cost you more in the long run than if you invest a little more time where you can.
The next major consideration is obviously furniture to sit on/eat your succulent cooked fare.
If you want to sit in a pub, you can buy a cloth chair (like a director's chair) that has a cover that can be removed and washed. If there are accidents, stains, spills, dirt, or other things that get on it, you'll need to bring them inside when the weather is bad, but it's unlikely that you'll want to spend much time outdoors in the winter.
If you are on a tight budget, you may also purchase tables and chairs that aren't suitable. It may be more important to keep everything within your budget than to ensure everything fits. So, make the most of what you have!
If everyone uses different chairs and tables, it will give the impression of an eclectic style, but it will only make it more memorable. Furthermore, the table set will be one of the easiest things to change out in the future.
If you are willing to, you may paint or accessorize mismatched furniture to match it, color palette wise. There are a slew of resources on "upcycling," so spend some time researching and seeking out ideas.
You'll be able to try out an outdoor kitchen without spending too much money. This will help you decide if you'd like it if you didn't intend to stay in your current house for the rest of your life!
Picking components that are easy to replace and move will help you save money for your future, so you may have the outdoor kitchen of your dreams when you move.
Is it possible to construct an outdoor BBQ using wood?
You certainly can.
When it comes to constructing your outdoor kitchen, wood is a good option.
Pressure-treated pine is beneficial because it will last longer and be less likely to crack when exposed to the intense heat of the grill. However, wood is also flammable.
To protect the wood frame from heat and water, a cement backer board should be placed on both the inside and the outside of the structure. Even with the backer board in place, there is still concern about fire safety.
The backer board may be covered with decorative concrete panels, stucco, stone, tile, a brick veneer, etc. While concrete block and brick construction are easier to work with, wood is also very versatile.
For the uninitiated, wood is a very durable building material.
You may make your kitchen any size or shape you desire, and you may install whatever appliances you wish.
You have to accept that today is not your day, outdoor cooks.
Before you begin planning to construct your own outdoor kitchen or BBQ station, make sure you have a good idea of what you want to achieve. However, don't fret, the planning process will be less stressful if you take the time to prepare.
If money is no object, you can't go wrong outsourcing the entire process to a professional. However, there is nothing more satisfying than constructing something like this with your own hands! This is a part of our specialDIY HOME ISSUE, whereIE discusses the best ways to impress guests with your engineering abilities.
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