Stand Alone Grills vs. Built-In Grills, What to Consider

August 12, 2016

built-in grill with food cooking

Perhaps you are designing a complete patio or deck overhaul, or maybe you just want to spruce up your outdoor space so that it is more functional and enjoyable for you. Adding a grill to your outdoor space provides function above all, but can also give you a relaxing alternative to cooking in the hustle and bustle of a kitchen. When adding a grill, you’ve got several options. If you are working with an existing deck or patio, you may be looking to add a stand alone grill. If you are designing a new deck or patio, a built-in grill may be a good option for you to consider. Let’s look at some of the options you have, and weigh the pros and cons of each option.

Benefits of a Standalone Grill

A standalone grill offers you flexibility in your outdoor space. Whether you want a portable grill you can pack up and take with you camping, or just a grill that can easily be rolled out of the way while you are using your deck or patio, a freestanding grill could be a great option for your home. Simply adding a grill to your deck or patio is clearly the more economical option, but it does not offer all of the functionality of a built-in grill.

Benefits of a Built-In Grill

A built-in grill can offer a designated cooking area, and can be built to include counter prep space, a designated space for grilling utensils, and can offer some protection from the elements for your grill. Built-ins add a level of elegance to your outdoor space, create an outdoor food prep and kitchen area, and separate the grilling area from the rest of your deck or patio, giving you a space to relax and keeping your family safe and away from the hot grill. If you are in the process of designing or redesigning your deck or patio, take the time to consider all of your options in adding a designated outdoor cooking area.

What Fits your Home Better?

Determining which type of grill is a better fit for your home can be overwhelming. Some things to take into consideration when deciding are your budget, the functionality of your outdoor space, the design of your deck or patio, and the amount of time you intend to spend using your grill. If budget is your primary concern, adding a standalone grill to your deck or patio may be your best option. If you have a large patio with unused space that you’d like to capitalize on, designing a built-in grilling area could be a great addition to your patio, adding both function and value. Taking into consideration the amount of time you intend to spend using your grill is also important. If you plan to grill nearly every night, then investing in a nice built-in grill with a prep area would truly add value to your space. If you use the grill very infrequently, however, it may be a wiser choice to invest the money in another area of your home you utilize more.

At Fireside, we are expert designers and craftsmen. We have experience creating beautiful patios to meet our customers’ needs. If you are ready to discuss your outdoor grilling area and begin designing the space of your dreams, give us a call today!