Consider BBQ Islands As You Determine the Best Options For Your Outdoor Kitchen Design

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Have you considered BBQ islands as you search for the centerpiece of your overall outdoor plans?  Most of us are somewhere in the middle when it comes to our backyard design ideas.  You may want more than just a nice grill, but you really don't want or need a full blown top of the line outdoor kitchen.  The good news is that there are lots of options in the middle.  Possibly the simplest, easiest, and most efficient options are found in the large family of BBQ islands.  There are grill islands for under $2000, and there are large sophisticated multi component outdoor kitchen islands that can top $50,000.  Once again, most of us are somewhere in the middle.

What exactly IS a BBQ Island?

BBQ islands are known by several names, including outdoor kitchen islands, grill islands and barbecue islands.  Some models are easily recognizable as islands, while others are so large they look more like full scale kitchens, only outdoors.  They are essentially pre-fabricated packages of different components related to outdoor kitchens.  Some are made to be added on to, with the more pieces you add, the more the cost goes up.  Some are fixed and are pretty much "as is".  With some manufacturers and suppliers, you can choose from a list of compatible options such as a built in grill, outdoor refrigerators, side burners, storage options, and more.  Within the particular design limitations, select the features you want, and basically design your island to your specifications.  With some styles you can also choose the base veneer material as well as the countertop material.  Not all islands have this flexibility, so choose wisely if you want to have a hand in the design of your model.  Choose Outdoor has a nice website feature that allows you to add, delete, or modify various components right on the screen and watch as the cost adjusts to reflect your selections.  As usual, the more stuff, and the nicer the stuff, the more you pay.  But compared to the cost of a true custom designed and built outdoor kitchen, a this is a very cost effective way to go.

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Barbecue Island Options

A very basic, no frills BBQ island, made to hold a built in grill and not much else, can cost under $2000.  That's without the grill, which will add $800 to $2500 more, depending on burners and options.  Take a look at our page about grills to help with that decision.  A medium sized model - about 6 feet long - including a built in storage cabinet, an additional two drawer storage are , and a refrigerator, can be bought for under $3500.  The built in grill is not included, but a tile countertop is!  Add the grill and you have a nice, modest sized outdoor kitchen at a relatively reasonable cost.

If you have the room in your yard and in your budget, you can get a very nice larger sized BBQ island, with over 18 feet of raised bar serving area for just over $6000.  If you want to blow that model out with a very nice large built in grill, refrigerator, side burner, multiple storage areas, and even a sink, you can still stay under $10,000!  Yes, that's a nice chunk of change, but considering what you're getting, not a bad investment.

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