An outdoor grill is necessary to make your summer social event a success. Although your grill is the star of the show, a lot more goes into creating the right mood for your outdoor dining experience. The following ideas will completely transform your grill setup from a boring old hunk of metal into a luxurious, functional outdoor feature you’ll love!
Shade your work station
Nothing puts a damper on the summer fun like a sudden rainstorm. Protect your grill setup from the elements by installing a wooden pavilion or oversized, retractable umbrella. Both allow you to keep flipping burgers even when the weather is less than ideal. The perks of an oversized umbrella are that you can use it to shelter your grill from the rain or move it over the outdoor dining area for some extra shade on those hot afternoons.
Rough it with a fire pit
Some homeowners like to go big with their grill upgrades by adding sinks, cabinets, fridges and a full bar. You don’t need all the fancy bells and whistles to upgrade your outdoor grill. In fact, you don’t necessarily need a grill at all! Some chefs prefer the novelty of an open fire. Ditch the stainless steel, state-of-the-art grills and opt for a stone fire pit. All you need to complete the setup are a couple of wrought iron grates to grill on.
Install a pass-through window
One of the few downsides to outdoor grilling is that you lose access to the kitchen. The grill is so far away, forcing you to make constant trips between your grill setup and the kitchen for ingredients, dishware and running water. Make cooking a lot more convenient by setting your grill right next to a pass-through window. Prep ingredients in the kitchen, then arrange them on the counter top so everything’s within reach at your grill.
Throw in some barstools
You don’t want to be out there all by yourself! Invite guests to watch the master chef at work by setting up barstools near the outdoor grill. Place a few along that pass-through window, a bar-height table or the bar itself. Stools keep the conversations flowing and provide a comfortable place for guests to relax while they watch you sear steaks to perfection.
Make the most of close quarters
Some grillers have to work within the confines of a small space. If this is the case for you, don’t let a single inch go to waste. Deck out your dining area with a table and benches that nest within each other for easy storage when you choose to eat indoors. Forget the bulky appliances and install a grill that fits snugly within a railing or wall.
Whatever upgrades you choose, no outdoor kitchen is complete without the right grill. Marcell’s Specialties offers a comprehensive collection of outdoor grills from some of the most innovative brands in the industry. Your patio makeover starts right here—come check out our selection and get tips and suggestions from our experts!
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