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  • Oscar Marsland-Roberts

How to Create the Ultimate BBQ Area

Summer is synonymous with outdoor fun, and nothing brings people together quite like a well-designed BBQ area. Whether you're an avid grill master or simply enjoy casual cookouts with family and friends, creating the perfect BBQ space can elevate your outdoor gatherings to a whole new level. Here’s a step-by-step guide from MRLandscapes on how to create the ultimate BBQ area in your garden.

1. Choose the Perfect Location

The first step in creating a BBQ area is selecting the right spot in your garden. Consider the following factors:

  • Accessibility: Ensure the BBQ area is easily accessible from the kitchen for quick trips in and out.

  • Ventilation: Choose a location with good ventilation to prevent smoke buildup.

  • Space: Make sure there is enough space for cooking, dining, and socialising.

  • Shade: A shaded area will provide comfort during sunny days. If natural shade is not available, consider adding a pergola or an umbrella.

2. Plan Your Layout

A well-thought-out layout is crucial for functionality and aesthetics. Consider these elements:

  • Cooking Zone: This includes the grill, countertops for prep, and storage for utensils and ingredients.

  • Dining Area: Ensure there is ample space for seating. A large table or a few smaller ones can accommodate different group sizes.

  • Relaxation Space: Create a cosy corner with comfortable seating where guests can relax while the food is being prepared.

3. Select the Right Grill

Your grill is the centerpiece of your BBQ area. Choose a grill that suits your cooking style and needs:

  • Gas Grills: Quick to heat up and easy to control.

  • Charcoal Grills: Offers that classic smoky flavor.

  • Electric Grills: Ideal for smaller spaces and easy to use.

  • Hybrid Grills: Combines the benefits of gas and charcoal grilling.

4. Add Functional Counter Space

Counter space is essential for food prep and serving. Consider installing durable, weather-resistant countertops made from materials like granite, stainless steel, or concrete. Include built-in storage solutions for utensils, spices, and other essentials to keep your BBQ area organised.

5. Incorporate Lighting

Good lighting extends the usability of your BBQ area into the evening hours. Consider a combination of task lighting (e.g., overhead lights for the cooking area) and ambient lighting (e.g., string lights, lanterns) to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

6. Provide Ample Seating

Comfortable seating is key to a successful BBQ area. Options include:

  • Dining Sets: Choose weather-resistant tables and chairs for al fresco dining.

  • Lounge Furniture: Outdoor sofas, chairs, and cushions provide a cosy spot for relaxation.

  • Bar Stools: Perfect for a more casual vibe around a bar or high-top table.

7. Create Shade and Shelter

Protect your guests from the elements by incorporating shade and shelter into your design:

  • Pergolas: These provide structure and can be adorned with climbing plants for added shade.

  • Umbrellas: Portable and versatile, umbrellas offer immediate shade where needed.

  • Gazebos: For a more permanent solution, gazebos provide full coverage from sun and rain.

8. Add Personal Touches

Make your BBQ area uniquely yours with personal touches:

  • Decor: Add outdoor rugs, cushions, and throw blankets for a cozy feel.

  • Plants: Incorporate greenery with potted plants, hanging baskets, or a vertical garden.

  • Accessories: Invest in stylish serveware, BBQ tools, and decorative elements that reflect your personality.

9. Include Entertainment Options

Keep your guests entertained with features like:

  • Outdoor Speakers: Set the mood with music.

  • Fire Pit: A fire pit adds warmth and becomes a gathering spot for evening conversations.

  • Games: Lawn games like cornhole or bocce ball can provide fun for all ages.

10. Consider Safety

Ensure your BBQ area is safe for everyone:

  • Fire Safety: Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and ensure the grill is placed away from flammable materials.

  • Non-Slip Surfaces: Choose non-slip materials for flooring to prevent accidents.

  • Clear Pathways: Maintain clear walkways to avoid tripping hazards.


Creating the ultimate BBQ area is all about combining functionality, comfort, and style. By following these tips from MRLandscapes, you can design a space that not only enhances your garden but also becomes the heart of your outdoor entertainment. Ready to bring your vision to life? Contact MRLandscapes today and let us help you create the perfect BBQ area for unforgettable summer gatherings!

For more inspiration and expert advice, visit our website or get in touch with our team. Happy grilling!


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