Creating A Low-Cost Grill Space In Your Backyard

If you love grilling during the summer, it's nice to have a separate section of your yard dedicated to this endeavor. This way, you don't have to drag the grill out of your garage and set everything up each time you want to cook a meal. But hiring a building company to create a dedicated grilling area can be expensive. Here are some ideas for setting up your own grilling space without breaking the bank.

Outline the area with landscaping rocks.

The most important aspect of creating a grilling space is segregating it from the rest of your yard. Landscaping rocks from a place like Southern Landscape Materials are perfect for this. You can purchase a collection of large rocks, and then lay them out in a large rectangle to block off the section you plan to use for grilling. Leave an opening on one side so that you and your guests can enter and exit without having to step over the rocks. If you want to make the look even more pronounced, place a row of smaller rocks to the outside of the row of larger rocks.

Buy chairs with attached umbrellas.

Covering your entire grilling space with a tent is not wise since the hot exhaust from the grill may melt the tent or cause it to catch on fire. However, as long as you place your seats and tables a few feet from the grill, you should be able to cover them with umbrellas safely. This allows you to enjoy your grilling area even if it's drizzling a little outside. Look for matching chair and table sets with umbrellas that stretch over the chairs and table at your local home goods store.

Put down a metal pad for the grill to sit on.

One problem with leaving your grill in the yard is that, over time, the wheels tend to sink into the dirt. An inexpensive way to prevent this is to place a large sheet of metal on the ground in the area where you'll keep the grill. Park the grill on top of the metal -- it won't sink anymore. 

Add some plants.

To give your grill area some character, try placing a potted plant in each corner. Opt for something colorful, like begonias or pansies. With the plants in pots, they are easier to care for since you can bring them in during bad weather and monitor their water consumption to keep them in good shape.