What You Need to Know About Designing a Grill Island

Your backyard has the capacity to be used for a variety of different purposes. It’s a playground for your kids, a destination for a pocket garden, a collection of greenery and plants, and a place where you can gather with your friends and family. Your yard can be optimized to improve your quality of living, as well as boost the value of your property with an outstanding and functional landscape design!

With all these perks of having a backyard, it’s well worth it to invest in features and amenities that will maximize all that extra space. One of the most sought-after backyard amenities is a grill island that families can use for Sunday barbecues and Friday-night dinners and drinks! 

If you’ve been dreaming of upgrading your backyard and creating a grill island, here’s everything you need to consider to finally make your vision a reality. 

Things You Need to Consider for Your Grill Island

While designing a grill island sounds as easy as buying the latest grill model and positioning it at a corner in your backyard, there are actually a lot more things that come into play — some very important for you to consider. 


The number one thing is the location. Where you situate your grill island will either make or break your investment. Make sure you put a lot of thought into the area where it will best serve its purpose and also ensures longevity considering sun exposure and weather conditions. 

Some important things to consider to find the best spot for your grill island include: 

Grill Type and Size

The most important element of your grill island is, of course, the grill itself. While there are a lot of models and types for you to choose from, make sure that you select one that best serves your needs. Consider the grill’s size, features, power consumption, electrical connectivity requirements, and functionality.

Storage Space and Solutions

Your grill island can be designed according to your preferences. But ideally, you should outfit it with storage solutions like cabinets and drawers. This can help you reduce clutter and also ensure that your appliances and cooking tools are kept secure in case of bad weather. To determine how much storage space you need, think of the items that you see yourself using a lot when grilling, such as spatulas, tongs, skewers, thermometers, etc. 

Additional Appliances

Your grill island can be simple or complete with other appliances that will upscale your grilling experience. Maybe you don’t want to keep going back and forth to your kitchen and outdoor grill just to use the sink or pick up your marinated meat from the freezer. 

If you’re up for it, consider adding a mini-refrigerator for your frozen goods, drinks, condiments, etc. A sink is also a convenient addition to install on your grill island. Overall, the additional appliances you can invest in would depend on your needs and preferences. 

Countertop Design

Remember that your grill island will be exposed to both chilly and hot weather at different times of the year. So you should consider that when choosing a countertop design. Select materials that can withstand extreme heat and rain, as well as look clean, polished, and durable. Some good options are stone or concrete. 

Design Your Very Own Backyard Grill Island

American Landscapes can help make your grill island dreams a reality! We offer outdoor kitchen installation and design services that will bring your vision to life and help you set up a grill island right in your backyard. Get a quote today and begin your project.