Designing Your Perfect BBQ Island.
Today a BBQ Island means much more than a barbecue grill and a cooler of beer and soda. While BBQ Islands still have the grill as the central fixture, many have evolved into an extension of the home’s living space. Especially here in Temecula Valley and Murrieta where the sun shines all year round, we want to have an outdoor living space for cooking, entertaining, and relaxing. We want to have the same conveniences that we have inside, if not more. Here at Valley Hot Spring Spas and BBQ Islands, we work with you to create a perfect BBQ Island that matches your house and your personality. Our Custom BBQ Islands can include pizza ovens, wet bars, kegerators, firetables, side burners, smokers, warming drawers and roasting spits.
Where to put your BBQ Island.
We recommend that your BBQ Island be situated near the main house. This allows for the easy access of existing utility lines and makes it easy to transport food and other materials to the outdoor cooking area. We also take wind, sun, shade, and access to amenities (such as a pool or a lawn) into consideration before choosing the perfect place.
Are you a Chef-in-training or a party planner?
As always, it’s important to consider what the primary function of your outdoor living space will be. Are you a chef-in-training? Then focus on the kitchen appliances, barbecue grill, and layout. Do you plan on throwing dinner parties? Will this be near a pool? Will it just be an area to lounge, eat and relax? Will you want to watch football outside? Will you need a ceiling fan?
Cooking space and the importance of the BBQ Island layout.
You want to be able to move effortlessly from area to area — particularly when working with a potentially dangerous medium like a grill. Take this into account when planning your layout — you don’t want to have to jump from place to place. Can you reach the fridge, pass dishes to your guests and get to the indoor kitchen? Your BBQ Island should have plenty of space to chop up vegetables and meat, mix drinks, and have a little serving station.
Try not to isolate the cook from the rest of the party! Nothing’s worse than getting stuck with grill duty and hearing everyone else having a blast behind your back. Cooking and entertaining places should be seamless, but with a decent amount of separation so there’s no dangerous moments when you’re taking the ribs off the grill.
Which BBQ Grill and Appliances to get for your BBQ Island?
In terms of utility, the barbecue grill and appliances you choose for your BBQ Island are a very important investment. Quality more important than quantity here. Yes, it’d be fun to go crazy and get a rotisserie, warming drawer, AND a pizza oven — but do you really need them all? Be sure to get what you’ll actually use, that it works well, and is made for the outdoors. One of your main decisions will be what size grill to go with.
Entertainment and dining area – Where people gather.
As it is in your home, the hearth is the heart of your outdoor space. Just as people tend to gather in the kitchen, people will gather around the grill. If you like to have people over, odds are you’ll be using your outdoor kitchen for a lot more than just the occasional barbecue. Make good use of this gathering space and set up seating around the BBQ grill and the firetable.
Choose seating that is flexible and can be moved around. Allowing guests to move to and from the dining and lounging areas creates a more casual, intimate environment. Install speakers around your entertaining areas to add to the ambiance.
We’ve got you covered.
It helps to have your outdoor space covered — just in case. Not only is this a safeguard from the occasional summer shower, but it also offers shade and shelter from wind. You can have a large structure built into your design, like a patio cover
… or simply add an awning, umbrella, or another temporary option. Of course, make sure you’re not using any kind of combustible material for the ceiling or awning above the grill area, and make sure the area is well ventilated.
Lighting – Set the mood.
Lighting is just as important in your outdoor space as it is inside. Ambiance is great, of course, but safety should really be the first priority when it comes to lighting around a BBQ Island. Brighten areas where cooking and other major activity will happen. Pathways should be well-lit, and lounge/dining areas should have adjustable lighting.
Valley Hot Spring Spas and BBQ Islands is the leading retailer for BBQ Islands in Temecula Valley and Murrieta, Ca. We would love to help you with designing your perfect outdoor living space. Come visit our showroom and design center in Murrieta, CA today!
Here at Valley Hot Spring Spas and BBQ’s we have been building outdoor kitchens and fire pits in Southern California since 1997.
No matter the size of your backyard or budget, we have a solution to fit your Outdoor Kitchen and Fireplace needs. Our capabilities are limited only to your imagination and most projects are ready to be delivered in Southern California within days.
About Our Valley Hot Spring Spa & BBQ Island Products:
Valley Hot Spring Spas and BBQ Islands uses steel frames and welded joints. The frames are then put through a rust proof coating process. This entire process does take more time, but it ensures that your new barbecue island won’t sag, warp or fail structurally. The end result is a far superior product, that will last a lifetime.
With many tile and stucco color combinations to choose from, Valley Hot Spring Spas and BBQ Islands can build the perfect barbecue island for you. Contact us today for a in-home consultation, or view our photo gallery to view some examples of what we can custom build for you.
- 20 Gauge commercial grade Galvanized Steel 2 x 4 and 2 x 6 construction.
- Our Galvanized Steel products are guaranteed not to rust or breakdown.
- Available with HardieBacker brand cement board sheathing. (Provides a ready to finish surface for attaching Stone, Stucco, Tile, Granite, or any other finish product).
- Low lbs per square inch design allows for installing on most Wood Decks, Pavers, Cement Slabs, Pool Decks, or most other surfaces you may desire.
- Delivered for Free in most cases (crane fees may apply).
The Valley Hot Spring Spas & BBQ Difference:
- Custom and Modular designs available.
- Available assembled and ready to assemble configurations
- Steel Guaranteed not to rust or breakdown.
- Dedicated staff available to make your project a reality.
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