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Consider New Landscaping Ideas: Put a Backyard Barbecue at the Top of the List

by Jeffrey Anderson, All About Lawns Columnist

Ask most people what comes to mind when they think about summer, and often barbecue is on their list. Barbecuing is a great chance to gather the family around, entertain guests, or celebrate a summer holiday or special event. Lighting up the grill on the deck or patio can be fun, but what if you had your own special barbecue area?

Landscaping Ideas for a Unique Barbecue Area

A barbecue area can be as simple or elaborate as you prefer. Add a small extension to your deck with a special spot for your grill and built-in benches for your guests, or construct a patio with a built-in grill, a koi pond with a waterfall, and spots for tiki torches to light up the night. It all depends on they type of entertaining your family enjoys, and the budget you have for the project.

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When finalizing your landscaping ideas, remember that some jurisdictions have restrictions on how close a grill can be to a residence, and regardless of these rules, you always want to use common sense.

There are several grill style options to consider:

  • Build around your current grill
  • Install a built-in charcoal grill
  • Install a built-in gas grill
  • Build a custom smoker grill

If you are thinking about a brick or concrete block grill, Quikrete Concrete has some simple plans available. More elaborate plans and considerations are available from Gas-BBQ-Grills.com and other barbecue-focused sites. You may even want to add an outdoor refrigerator so your favorite summertime beverages are a short reach away.

A customized barbecue area could provide you and your family with the best summer ever.

About the Author
Jeffrey Anderson has a Degree in English from V.M.I. and served as an officer in the Marine Corps. He worked in Residential and Commercial construction management for 25 years before retiring to write full time.

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