Updated on June 15, 2023
Maybe your father’s grilling isn’t as famous as, say, those of the Food Network’s “Grill Dads,” but you don’t have to be famous to enjoy barbecuing. And if your Dad likes to grill, he also might love an upgrade from what he’s using. What a fabulous Father’s Day Gift that would make.
And don’t worry that there does not seem to be enough time. Granted, even Deck and Patio can’t design/build a fancy schmansy new outdoor kitchen in time for Father’s Day this Sunday. But you can give him the gift of a design session — a future session with our experts where he’ll get to plan out what his new grilling unit will contain. Just give him a link to this blog in his Father’s Day cared and let him schedule it himself.
Even a quick check of Pinterest makes clear that the popularity of outdoor kitchens continue to rise. To see all the various designs, shapes and sizes people install, for the fun of it try searching that site for: “this Ian’t my dad’s backyard grill!”
Better yet, the family and Dad can scroll below and check out our earlier blog on outdoor kitchens. It highlights some pretty neat ones that we have built for Dad’s and families all around Long Island.
All sorts of ideas are addressed in our earlier blog. Like if Dad would want to smoke meat, or, how to design-build when space is an issue, or whether he’d like an eating/drinking bar as part of the design, etc.
Here’s wishing Dad’s a wonderful day — and lots of happy grilling!
All you’ll need do is give Dad a card with the scheduled time and date. Or just a promise that it will be scheduled soon.
If you’d like to wrap something beyond just a card, you can print out some examples of Deck and Patio’s outdoor kitchens. Below is a sampling of our custom projects:
This outdoor kitchen is sitting on a Trex deck (Spiced Rum) where we also created a bench against the railing.
Note how we faced some of the outdoor kitchen with matching boards so it all fits nicely together.
Depending on the space available and how the yard is designed, Dad may want a bar/dining area as part of his outdoor kitchen.
We designed the bar and outdoor kitchen counter in a curved shape to mimic the patio design. It is granite topped and the base of the activity center is faced in natural stone. The lounging area’s outdoor umbrella is portable and can be used where needed, including at the bar/kitchen.
Adding a bar offers a great place for guests and family to gather. In this case, it’s a truly peaceful spot since it was installed near a water feature with waterfalls next to a portable hot tub.
For some Dads, space will be at a premium. But he won’t have to sacrifice style.
As for the particular amenities shown here, one trend we’re seeing in outdoor kitchens is warming/cooling drawers made by companies like Ronda. These insulated drawers are sealed and work without electricity. Your drinks stay cool or your food stays warm depending on what you put in its lower drawer.
They have a magnetic seal, which along with being waterproof will also keep away bugs and dust. Indeed, you can choose a single drawer just for keeping dishes and cutlery completely clean.
(Note: Deck and Patio frequently locates outdoor kitchens fairly close to the inside of the house — unless the property has a destination pool. In the case where all the outdoor living areas are a distance from the house, this requires different planning.)
For this project, Deck and Patio constructed a custom activity area on the mid-level of a 3-level deck.
Just steps from the top-level’s large seating area, the custom outdoor kitchen/dining area includes a new grill, refrigerator, a small bar to enjoy the water views, and even a smoker/cooker — all set within curved custom cabinetry with a raised bar that mimics the decking in style and design.
Wherever you locate your kitchen, just remember you don’t want to get burned up from intense sun during cooking or dining. A pergola is one answer. But another is to have moveable — yet sturdy — outdoor umbrellas for flexible shade.
Sometimes space is really tight and that’s no problem.
However. Providing an upgrade to Dad’s old grill may not require a whole lot — just some careful measuring and choosing the perfect amenities to fit the space.
Another example of Where there’s a will, there’s a way! to fit a full outdoor kitchen. All you could hope for tucked in the corner of a small deck.
If you’d like a few more ideas to print out for Dad, click here:
Feature photo at top of page: If you happen to have a pool, Dad may want his outdoor kitchen to be pool-side — where all the fun is happening.
In the case of this project, the kitchen is part of a drink/dining bar for fun gatherings. This kitchen includes ample work area, barbecue, sink, refrigerator along with the eating bar with bar stools.