Four steps to creating the ultimate BBQ area

IXL Home outdoor kitchen.
IXL Home outdoor kitchen.

EVERY Aussie’s favourite time of the year is here – barbecue season.

Why not take your alfresco cooking and dining up a notch with an outdoor kitchen?

The team from Adbri Masonry says building an outdoor kitchen does not need to cost a fortune.

Smart selections on low-maintenance and multi-functional products will ensure you have the ultimate barbie area in no time.

Four steps to creating the ultimate BBQ area from Adbri Masonry

Start from the ground up

Firstly, reclaim some of your grassed area to pave a small courtyard. This will provide a solid foundation to place cooking equipment and furniture. Select a place that’s far from your doors and windows to avoid smoke drifting inside. An outdoor barbie area can double as a dining space, so it’s important to use a paving product that is easy to maintain and can withstand high foot traffic. Concrete pavers are great as they’re hardwearing and withstand harsh elements.

Get your grill on

Whether you’re giving an existing barbie area a much-needed refresh or building a new zone, there are things to consider. Bear in mind the space you’re working with. If you have a small garden or courtyard, consider the scale of what you’re putting in it. If your garden is small, it might benefit from having the barbie tucked away in a corner or against a wall.

If you have a large backyard, opt for the complete outdoor kitchen experience featuring a built-in barbie. Ensure there is plenty of space for prep work, cooking, serving and cleaning. Installing a rangehood or fan is also a good idea to avoid annoying the neighbours.

Be creative with built-in furniture

Space is at a premium so it’s important to avoid clutter. Extending the functional value of the products you use to create your alfresco courtyard is key – garden walls can double as bench seating using courtyard blocks.

Turn up the heat

When designing an outdoor space, including an appropriate heating and lighting solution is crucial for creating a comfortable ambience all year round. Portable gas heaters can do the job but are hard to store and can be an eyesore. For a more modern approach, opt for a ceiling-mounted heating and lighting option and for true style, consider a two-in-one solution like the IXL Fresco Aurora Outdoor Heater.