Why Your Parties Will Benefit from a BBQ Grill

Installing a BBQ grill in your backyard can make you the envy of your friends and family. Barbecue grills increase your options for entertaining, and there are certain foods that you simply can’t prepare properly without one. With so many options from charcoal grills to wood pellet grills to electric grills, you have many choices. No matter what option you choose, though, you can be sure that your parties will be even more incredible when you add a BBQ island to your backyard.

When you install a BBQ grill, you take your hosting to the next level.

Special Events

You can use your outdoor grill for any occasion. However, there are certain special events where grilling out is almost expected. Hosting on any of these occasions is much better when you have a BBQ grill to prepare fresh barbeque for your guests. Some of these events include:

 

  • Sporting Events. When your team is playing, you want to invite all your friends over to experience the game with you. Grilling burgers, hot dogs, and more makes your game day parties even more memorable.
  • Fourth of July. Fourth of July is by far the most popular holiday for grilling among Americans. You don’t want to host a Fourth of July party without a BBQ grill to make the food people expect.
  • Memorial Day. Memorial Day is one of the most popular American holidays for grilling, second only to the Fourth of July. If you want to host friends and family for a Memorial Day party, you need an outdoor grill.

 

Delicious Food

The food you make on the grill has a smoky flavor that you simply can’t replicate in an oven. If you are making burgers, steaks, hot dogs, or brats, a BBQ grill is the way to go. The guests at your parties will notice the difference when you cook them delicious food on your grill.

Of course, you don’t have to limit yourself to meat. You can create a variety of foods fit for any party on a BBQ grill. If you have vegetarian friends and family, they will love grilled vegetables made fresh in your backyard. When you install a grilling island, you aren’t limited to any one type of food for your parties.

Unique Parties

Grilling is not just about the food. It’s also about the experience. Your friends and family will have a great time swimming or lounging while you grill up a meal for them poolside. It’s a unique experience to be able to smell food being prepared all while enjoying all the luxury of a backyard swimming pool.

Not every host can offer this sort of experience. When you install a BBQ grill in your outdoor kitchen, your home can become an ideal location for hosting. Every one of your friends will want to spend time at your house, and your parties will create lasting memories.

Install a BBQ Grill with Pools by Design

Pools by Design specializes in outdoor living. From custom pools to outdoor kitchens, we can help you turn your backyard into your own personal oasis. Whether you want to host parties or simply enjoy your backyard with yourself and your family, we can turn your dreams into a reality.

Using Your BBQ Island to Increase Usable Space

There are many reasons to build a BBQ island in your backyard. Outdoor kitchens help you host unique parties, and increase your options for dishes you can prepare. In addition, these spaces look gorgeous in your backyard. One of the many advantages of an outdoor grilling island is that it helps you increase your usable space. Running out of storage space can be frustrating, and you don’t want your home to look cluttered because you have to store your kitchen appliances and equipment on countertops.

Here are some of the ways a BBQ island can increase usable space in your home:

Outdoor Storage

Your BBQ island can include a variety of storage solutions to help you free up space in your indoor kitchen. Many outdoor kitchens include cabinets and drawers for you to store equipment. When you work with Pools by Design, we can help you customize your outdoor space to include as much or as little storage as you prefer.

One solution that helps many people make the best use of their grilling island is to use outdoor storage for the equipment they use outdoors. For example, you can put grilling spatulas, grill brushes, and any other outdoor grilling equipment in your BBQ island’s drawers. This helps you separate your items in a way that makes them easier to find when you need them.

Countertop Space

When you build an outdoor kitchen, you can include more than just the grill itself. You can include countertop space, and this can be helpful for preparation and cooking. For example, let’s say you are grilling steak. You can add spaces, cut the meat, and grill it all in the comfort of your BBQ island.

This countertop space is also helpful when you are hosting. If you have a large party, it can be difficult to find space for all of your side dishes. An outdoor grilling island lets you place certain items outside, freeing up indoor counter space. You can also strategically split up the cooking and preparation that you do inside and outside.

Outdoor Refrigerator

Many people choose to include an outdoor refrigerator when they create a cooking island for their backyard. A large reason for this is that it increases your storage space. If you have a large family or if you host often, it’s easy to run out of space in your indoor refrigerator. Rather than having to jam in more items than your fridge can fit, you can simply transfer some groceries to your outdoor refrigerator.

Having a refrigerator in your BBQ island also lets you choose where to store items. If you know you will be grilling meat, for example, you can store it in your outdoor refrigerator to make it easier to find. Or, if you host a pool party, you can put side dishes in your fridge outside so they are ready to serve when you need them.

 

At Pools by Design, we pride ourselves on creating gorgeous and functional designs for outdoor kitchens. We will design your BBQ island to fit your needs, including storage solutions. Call us today for a free estimate.

3 Ways You Can Use an Outdoor Grill

Adding an outdoor grill to your backyard is a great investment. Not only does a project like this improve your home’s value, you can also enjoy your outdoor kitchen with your family for years to come. Imagine the memories that you can make grilling poolside, whether you host pool parties for friends or grill for your family. Outdoor cooking is a luxury not many people can experience and once you install an outdoor kitchen, you are going to want to use it as often as possible.

Here are 3 ways you can use your outdoor grill: 

1. Hosting Parties

When you host for your family and friends, you want to make the experience as unique as possible. When you have an outdoor grill, you can offer an experience that not many homes can. You can grill food poolside on your BBQ grill while your guests enjoy swimming. During cooler months, you can host in an outdoor seating area to enjoy the gorgeous Arizona weather while you eat.

There are many holidays and events where grilling fits in perfectly. From Fourth of July barbeques to Superbowl cookouts, you can use an outdoor grill year round. Your guests will notice the difference when you prepare authentic grilled food compared to trying to replicate the smoky flavor in an oven. This will help your parties stand out as truly special events.

2. Family Dinner

You don’t need a special occasion to use your outdoor grill. It may be that your family is getting tired of eating the same food every week. Owning a grill makes it possible to add new foods to your dinner rotation. You can grill chicken for a change from standard oven-baked options, or you can grill burgers for your family to enjoy.

An outdoor grill also gives you the option to add healthier options without settling for boring food. Grilled vegetables often taste better than other ways of cooking them. You can experiment with different ingredients and see what you and your family prefer. Once you find something you love, you know that you always have the option to go outside and make it.

3. Innovative Cooking

If you are a grilling enthusiast or an innovate cook, owning your own outdoor grill gives you the luxury to experiment with your cooking. Whatever you want to attempt, you have the freedom to give it a try. You can switch up the wood pellets you use for different meats, for example, and see how your results taste.

You can experiment with using your grill to smoke meats over wood chips, or you can use a charcoal grill to perfect your burgers. With a wide selection of outdoor grills to choose from, you can pick something that fits the type of cooking you like most. If grilling isn’t your thing, Pools by Design also offers pizza ovens and fire pits for our outdoor kitchens.

Pools by Design can install your new outdoor grill!

Does this sound like something you’d like to have in your very own backyard? Pools by Design can help you create a custom outdoor kitchen, including a BBQ grill and anything else that you desire. Call us today for a free estimate, and let us start creating your perfect outdoor entertaining space.

What are Spillover Spas?

Custom pools and spas can turn your backyard into an oasis that is reminiscent of a high-end resort. When you hire Pools by Design as your pool and spa builders, we work with you to make sure that every detail of your backyard oasis is exactly how you want it. One of your many choices, when you are building a hot tub, is the inclusion of water features. These are small touches that can make your jacuzzi stand out. Of our water feature options for hot tubs, a spillover of water into the pool is one of the most common options.

Spillover spas can add a sense of elegance and relaxation to your backyard.

Spillover Spa Basics

You may be wondering what exactly this water feature includes. Spillover spas are hot tubs that connect directly to your pool through a small curtain or fountain of water. This water moves directly from the jacuzzi into the swimming pool, spilling over a ledge or a series of ledges.

There are different ways to accomplish this. Some homeowners choose to include an infinity spa, which is similar to an infinity pool in that the water goes over a series of drop-offs to give the illusion that the hot tub goes on infinitely. There are also spillover spas that include one curtain of water that falls from the edge.

You can get creative with how you design spillover spas. For example, you can choose to use a stone pattern for the ledge that water flows over. This stone accent can be a focal point for your pool and hot tub. If you want something more intricate, you can also customize this water feature to include more drop-offs or even fountains that shoot water from the jacuzzi into the pool.

Benefits of this Water Feature

Why should you include a spillover spa in your custom pool design? For one thing, this design element is very relaxing. You can swim in your pool or lounge poolside while watching the water flow over the ledge from your hot tub into your swimming pool. This is very therapeutic and helps you feel like you are in a resort while in your own backyard.

This feature also helps connect your hot tub and your pool. Designs that don’t include some sort of connection between these two elements can look awkward and unbalanced. Spillover spas are an elegant way to achieve a connection between your spa and your pool.

A spillover feature is also a relatively simple and classic design element. It will not be too overwhelming or complicated. This means that you can include a spillover spa without making it the center of your pool design. Not everyone wants an incredibly complicated pool and hot tub. This is an option that adds elegance to your pool design without being too flashy.

Pools by Design, Your Source for Custom Pools and Spas

Whether you picture your backyard with a spillover spa or with any other type of pool and hot tub design, Pools by Design can turn your vision into a reality. We will work with you to create a pool and spa that fit your exact requirements and desires. Contact us today for a free estimate.