Building a BBQ island in your backyard is a decision that must be planned thoroughly, since it’s a permanent addition to your house that will increase its value. Therefore, applying good kitchen design principles is a must. The most important factor to consider is space. Not accounting for adequate space is the second most common design mistake made by amateurs.
Now, the first question that pops into your mind is “How big my BBQ island should be?” To determine the ideal size of your outdoor kitchen, think about the distribution of its zones. For a kitchen to be fully functional, it will need spaces designed specifically for food preparation and cooking, and for dining and socializing. All areas must complement each other, working together effectively in proper proximity, each with enough space.
Outdoor kitchens have four zones: the hot zone (grills, side burners, and pizza ovens), the cold zone (refrigerators, ice bins, and wine chillers), the wet zone (sinks, beverage tubs, and any other water appliances), and the dry zone (prep areas, counters, and storage). The hot and dry zones are essential in every BBQ island, while the cold and wet zones will be found in larger designs.
In order to determine the size of your new BBQ island, decide on the amenities you will buy. Basically, your amenities list will most likely include a grill, a side burner, a sink, and a refrigerator. Be sure to plan for at least 16 inches of countertop space between each amenity and keep in mind there should always be open areas to the left and right sides of a grill and sink.
Now that you know how to design a fully functional outdoor kitchen, go ahead and do some BBQ shopping!