Outdoor grill stations are perfect for throwing parties and barbecues. Think about your lifestyle. Intimate affairs require little space, but if you like entertaining for a crowd you will need space to cook, a dining area and an area to prepare other food not cooked on the grill.
Choose a location in your yard that is adequate for the size of your outdoor grill station. You can pick out an area on the deck, patio or lawn. For those who cook all the time, a location near the house will allow for multiple trips into the kitchen.
Decide what type of flooring you want for your grill station. You can choose from turf carpeting, wood, stone or gravel. If you spend a lot of time standing at the grill, you may want a flooring that is softer so it won't stress your back. Dig up turf if you want to use stone, brick or gravel for your flooring. You can lay down outdoor carpeting on decks or patios.
Draw a diagram of the yard and include all immovable objects like decks, swimming pool and trees. Place stakes around the perimeter of the proposed grilling station. Move around the perimeter to ensure you have enough space to cook.
Roll your grill to the grilling station and be sure that there is an outlet near the location. Place a table next to your grill so that you will have a spot to conduct prep work. You can also use a rolling cart for transporting dirty dishes, ingredients and other outdoor entertainment necessities from the house to the grill station.
Use an outdoor cabinet for storing charcoal. Bags of charcoal next to grilling stations generally ruin the decor of the area.
Place a hanging rack near the grill to hold grilling utensils.
Set a stool nearby the cooking station to allow you to sit when you are cooking food that has to be monitored.