Just like indoor kitchens, your outdoor kitchens can sometimes use a refresh. Removing the old, smaller, built-in gas grill stations, and creating a larger, modern, outdoor grilling and BBQ station was just what these West Des Moines homeowners were looking for.
With their growing list of “gotta haves”, we worked with our clients to come up with the perfectly sized outdoor kitchen to accommodate those things. A new FireMagic gas grill, a built-in cooler (with a handy sink drain!), and the ultimate BBQ tool… an integrated Big Green Egg!
Out With the Old Grill Station
Before we could get started, we needed to prep the site for the new outdoor kitchen. To do so, we first started with a bit of old fashioned hard labor, which was required to demolish the old stone and mortar grill station.
Once we disassembled the grill and broke down the old masonry work, we were left with a clean slate for the new concrete foundation to be poured.
The New Concrete Foundation
In order to support the weight of the new grilling station (those Big Green Eggs are HEAVY!) and stone, we excavated and poured a long-lasting, stable, and level concrete pad.
After that, it was time to start laying the new bricks and building up the base. We worked with our clients to choose a long-lasting and sturdy manufactured brick, which complimented their existing patio.
One of the great things is how well hidden the gas supply lines and electrical box of the gas grill are. No propane tanks, just a gas line running through the inside and out the back, keeping it out of view from you and your guests.
Time for the New Outdoor Kitchen “Appliances”
Built-In FireMagic Gas Grill
You really can’t do much better than adding a FireMagic gas grill. Stainless steel, built to last, and precise temperature control are just a few reasons why we return to their products again and again.
When you go with a built-in grill, such as this, it allows you to have a sturdy, counter-height grill and offers you the ability to hide those unsightly propane tanks or gas plumbing lines.
Built-In Big Green Egg
For the wood and charcoal barbecuing, a Big Green Egg was a must have. Because of their immense weight, a sturdy foundation is a must.
We then completed the look by cutting a hole in the granite counter top, to allow for a seamless, clean, installed look. The BGE sets on the island’s base, using the stone foundation to support its weight. No wobbly, wood or metal table here!
Every outdoor kitchen needs a way to to keep beverages cold or tonight’s dinner ingredients on ice. As with the grills, we wanted an integrated look, so we chose a stainless steel cooler that could be mounted into the granite counter top.
Once we had the cooler installed, we wrapped up with some finishing touches to the stone work and our clients were ready to enjoy there significantly improved, and roomier, outdoor kitchen.
Interested In Your Own Outdoor Kitchen?
If you would like to talk to us about your own outdoor kitchen or BBQ grill station ideas, please give us a call at 515-577-6903, or use one of our handy contact forms, and we’d be happy to help!