As temperatures rise nearly to 100 degrees, you may be beginning to realize that your dreams of backyard barbecues enjoyed with family may have to wait another year to be realized. Summer comes fast and strong and hot, and we desert rats try to limit our outdoor activities during this season. And yet, the thought of perfectly grilled steaks, the taste of cold beer or soda, and the sound of laughter and good-natured arguments filling our backyards is still an irresistible one, and even though you have put it off many times over the years, perhaps this year it is finally time to go for broke! Backyard barbecue season may almost be over this year, but if you don’t build it know you may miss out on next year as well! This guide to completing your backyard oasis will help you figure out the finer points and start the process of finally having the Arizona yard of your dreams with the help of New Image Landscape and Pools!
Surveying the Land
Arizona yards come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so your first step will be deciding on placement. You don’t want to put your grill under your patio cover in case of errant flames, but you also don’t want to place it too far away from the back door. That portion of yard over in the corner just beyond the patio looks like it may be the perfect spot, so now let’s check out the available space. The barbecue grill is going to be a well-loved friend to the family, and if it’s too small, it won’t do the job; if it’s too large, it messes with the overall appeal of your backyard oasis. Just like Goldilocks, you want something that is just right!
Choosing the Grill
Now that you have an idea of where you are going to place your new toy, it’s time to decide on the grill. Obviously, the choices are almost limitless, and the options can be over the top. Choose a brand you know and love—Weber is the most common—or go with the thrill of owning something so spectacular your neighbors will be in awe. Once you decide on a brand, it becomes time to choose the options. Do you want propane? Do you want charcoal? Are you including a smoker? If so, do you want to go with the new electric smokers that have become so popular? Maybe you want to go all out and build an outdoor kitchen filled with every barbecue accessory known to man. Possibly you want to follow the kiss rule (Keep It Simple Silly!) and all you need is a stand-alone charcoal grill with smoker. As you can see, this part of the process can be quite involved as you try to determine the space, design, and budget for the yard of your dreams.
If you have the space, an outdoor kitchen is the ultimate in luxury while being used quite often in the cooler months. The fully equipped kitchen involves not just a grill and smoker but can offer counter space on which you do the prep work, a small sink, refrigerator, and in some cases, a wood burning pizza oven! Add in some bar stools that allow your guests to keep you company while you create your masterpiece of charred meat, a table with umbrella to block the sun, and quite possibly an outdoor fireplace to keep warm by on the colder days of winter. Adding color and charm with cushions will make this space the most popular one on the property—unless you have a pool and it is summer, but that’s another story! Your time spent out in the kitchen with friends, family, neighbors, and with your favorite music playing on built in speakers are guaranteed to be the ones you remember for the rest of your life.
Small Can Be Just as Good for an Arizona Yard
Not every yard is large, and not every budget is grand, but that doesn’t mean you have to skip the grill altogether! Even a condo postage stamp sized concrete square can have room for a Big Green Egg grill and smoker, and the memories you make as you devour burgers and beer under the night sky will be just as memorable as ones you make in an outdoor kitchen. Even a hibachi grill—short, squat and made of indestructible metals—does the job quite well, and you can often find these cooking marvels at the local swap meet. It’s the heart behind the intent that will give your grilling moments the biggest impact, not the size of your budget!
Whichever Suits You Best
It doesn’t matter how large or how small, all that matters is that you stop dreaming about your backyard barbecue and get out there and start grilling! Give us a call today and let’s make your dreams come true.