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Home improvement: build your dream BBQ in 6 steps

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BBQ building! What could be more appealing?

Having a backyard is a really great addition to your home and is both practical and fun! The backyard can be a great place for many activities including relaxing, playing outside, or even hosting a great party with a great barbecue area. Nothing brings people together like a great barbecue and if you have the space for it you will be using this incredible area all year round. 

Big or small there's a way to have a barbecue in your backyard. Whether you want to have a built in barbecue and kitchen area or just a simple barbecue on wheels that can easily be moved from place to place. No matter what the size of your backyard or your budget, these tips will help you to create a barbecue area that you'll want to enjoy all the time.

1. Analyze your space

 Conservatory by Fainzilber Arqts.
1. Analyze your space

The first thing you must do when you're building your perfect backyard barbecue is to analyze your space and see what you can fit. If you are lucky enough to have a large backyard (and budget) a good outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue could be in the cards for you. Outdoor kitchens are great because you can keep everything in this space rather than walking back and forth to the kitchen for ingredients. You can also include a built-in seating area so people can keep you company while manning the barbecue.

For those with smaller backyards, the best is to have a normal barbecue that you can easily move around your space. It is best to keep it closer to the door so that anything you forgot or may need to get from inside is easily accessible. It is also good to keep this barbecue close to the main dining area so that you can easily go from the grill to the table.

The first thing you must do when you're building your perfect backyard barbecue is to analyze your space and see what you can fit. If you are lucky enough to have a large backyard (and budget) a good outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue could be in the cards for you. Outdoor kitchens are great because you can keep everything in this space rather than walking back and forth to the kitchen for ingredients. You can also include a built-in seating area so people can keep you company while manning the barbecue.

For those with smaller backyards, the best is to have a normal barbecue that you can easily move around your space. It is best to keep it closer to the door so that anything you forgot or may need to get from inside is easily accessible. It is also good to keep this barbecue close to the main dining area so that you can easily go from the grill to the table.

2. The foundation

 Garden by LAS MARIAS casa & jardin
2. The foundation

No matter how big your backyard space is you will definitely need a seating area to enjoy the outdoors and your wonderfully grilled meals. The most important thing you need to consider when creating this backyard area is that you must have a stable space for your grill and seating area. This can be in the form of a deck, patio, or covered area as we see here. This is important so your table and chairs as well as your grill aren't sinking into the grassy areas. Overhead lamps or other electrical lighting aren't necessary but may be a good element to consider if your space isn't close to the house and can't get some of the indoor lighting to brighten up the table.

No matter how big your backyard space is you will definitely need a seating area to enjoy the outdoors and your wonderfully grilled meals. The most important thing you need to consider when creating this backyard area is that you must have a stable space for your grill and seating area. This can be in the form of a deck, patio, or covered area as we see here. This is important so your table and chairs as well as your grill aren't sinking into the grassy areas. Overhead lamps or other electrical lighting aren't necessary but may be a good element to consider if your space isn't close to the house and can't get some of the indoor lighting to brighten up the table.

3. Do you want an open or sheltered space?

 Pool by Argollo & Martins | Arquitetos Associados
3. Do you want an open or sheltered space?

Depending on how you want to enjoy your outdoor space you may want to opt for something that will give you shade during the warmer months. This can be done in two ways: permanent or movable. The easiest way to provide shade for your backyard, big or small, is with a large umbrella that can easily be moved from hanging over the dining table to another seating area. If you want to go for a more permanent option, perhaps if you live in a very sunny area, then you can also look into building an overhang for your backyard. This idea can fit any size backyard but comes with a bigger price tag and cannot be easily changed. This is also a great idea for people who want to enjoy their backyard during any type of weather!

Depending on how you want to enjoy your outdoor space you may want to opt for something that will give you shade during the warmer months. This can be done in two ways: permanent or movable. The easiest way to provide shade for your backyard, big or small, is with a large umbrella that can easily be moved from hanging over the dining table to another seating area. If you want to go for a more permanent option, perhaps if you live in a very sunny area, then you can also look into building an overhang for your backyard. This idea can fit any size backyard but comes with a bigger price tag and cannot be easily changed. This is also a great idea for people who want to enjoy their backyard during any type of weather!

4. Choose a cohesive design

 Conservatory by VISMARACORSI ARQUITECTOS
4. Choose a cohesive design

Just as with the interior of your home, your outdoor spaces need to follows a cohesive design. This can either be reflective of your interior design or something different altogether. Take this outdoor kitchen that follows the same white and modern design theme from inside and brings it outside. The entire space is almost all white except for the countertop at the bar and the bottoms of the two stools. This reflects the same style inside but you can also mix it up and go for a more rustic theme or a tropical theme, whatever suits your fancy! The main thing to remember is how you want to enjoy your outdoor oasis and aim to achieve that idea.

Just as with the interior of your home, your outdoor spaces need to follows a cohesive design. This can either be reflective of your interior design or something different altogether. Take this outdoor kitchen that follows the same white and modern design theme from inside and brings it outside. The entire space is almost all white except for the countertop at the bar and the bottoms of the two stools. This reflects the same style inside but you can also mix it up and go for a more rustic theme or a tropical theme, whatever suits your fancy! The main thing to remember is how you want to enjoy your outdoor oasis and aim to achieve that idea.

5. The star of the show

 Garden  by Ñuke
5. The star of the show

Finally, we get to the most important part of your perfect backyard barbecue space, the grill! It is important to choose a grill that is best suited for you and the things you like to grill. If you are into more complicated creations, choose a grill that has many features such as a rotisserie attachment or a separate side grill for cooking different things at different temperatures. If you're just trying to enjoy the warmer months and want to grill up some burgers and hot dogs, then opt for a simpler barbecue that won't need a lot of reading to get acquainted with and you'll want to use all the time. As we've said before, your grill can either be built-in or mobile, whichever suits you and your backyard best!

Finally, we get to the most important part of your perfect backyard barbecue space, the grill! It is important to choose a grill that is best suited for you and the things you like to grill. If you are into more complicated creations, choose a grill that has many features such as a rotisserie attachment or a separate side grill for cooking different things at different temperatures. If you're just trying to enjoy the warmer months and want to grill up some burgers and hot dogs, then opt for a simpler barbecue that won't need a lot of reading to get acquainted with and you'll want to use all the time. As we've said before, your grill can either be built-in or mobile, whichever suits you and your backyard best!

6. The furniture and decor

 Garden  by Garden Trading
6. The furniture and decor

So now that we've got the more complicated ideas out of the way, let's have a talk about the furniture for your backyard space. The dining table is also important to enjoy your meals or simply to have a place to sit around and chat so it is important to choose a table that is suitable for the size of your backyard and one that fits the overall design of the space. If you have a big space and want to entertain many people then choose a larger table that can fit as many as ten people. This is great for those more formal dinners or if you're having a big party it is a great way to display all of the yummy food you've just made. For small spaces we need to think of tables that save space but still look stylish. You can opt for a high table with a few stools that can be tucked under or a small table that seats four, perfect for those nice family meals outside.

So now that we've got the more complicated ideas out of the way, let's have a talk about the furniture for your backyard space. The dining table is also important to enjoy your meals or simply to have a place to sit around and chat so it is important to choose a table that is suitable for the size of your backyard and one that fits the overall design of the space. If you have a big space and want to entertain many people then choose a larger table that can fit as many as ten people. This is great for those more formal dinners or if you're having a big party it is a great way to display all of the yummy food you've just made. For small spaces we need to think of tables that save space but still look stylish. You can opt for a high table with a few stools that can be tucked under or a small table that seats four, perfect for those nice family meals outside.