This new custom outdoor kitchen and bar was just completed this week in south Florida. The built in bbq grill is an American Outdoor Grill by Robert H Peterson group, the same company who manufacturers FireMagic gas grills.
The AOG built in barbeque grill ships with or without an infrared rotisserie burner and kit so customers who know
they will not use the rotisserie do not have to pay for it. For the customer who will use the rotisserie the infrared back burner model that comes with the spit rod, motor, mounting bracket, counter weight and forks only costs about $200. more than the model that does not have the rotisserie.
The American Outdoor Grill is also able to be converted to an infrared gas grill very easily. The “U” shaped convection burners simply slide out and an infrared grill burner can slide right in. Most home owners find the conversion easy enough to install the infrared grill burner without the assistance of our technical support team.
Below the built in BBQ
grill is a set of 304 stainless steel built in outdoor kitchen access doors for access to storage and the LP gas tank. We also installed an electrical panel to operate the rotisserie motor, lights and any electrical appliance the home owner decides to use (coffee maker, blender, etc)
All of the custom outdoor kitchens we build are manufactured with materials that cannot burn and the concrete board was specifically invented for use in homes to combat damage in case of fires so it will not smolder or transfer heat. This allows home owners to design their custom built outdoor summer kitchen with inexpensive refrigeration. Often outdoors UL rated refrigeration is built in because electrical accessories that carry a UL outdoors rating are insulated so a spark is impossible. Outdoor electrical appliances can cause a fire if the condenser gets wet and shorts out because this causes sparks. Even marine grade, pressure treated and chemical treated wood can eventually dry out enough to burn.
The cypress panels are made with architectural foam that is designed for use outdoors and can be customized to mimic the appearance of any kind of wood. We have also used architectural foam to mimic marble, coral, other stone work and a dozen varieties of wood. In reality an outdoor kitchen cannot have any wood within ten feet of the barbecue because of the obvious affect of the flames.
On the outside of this custom outdoor kitchen the grill island displays dry stacked cultured stone ledge stone. There are dozens of different sizes, textures and color combinations of ledge stone. We use the dry stack items because many customers have not seen stone work up close and do not realize there is a lot of grout some styles. We have only offered the dry stack stone for many years now in order to better meet our customers expectations.
The outdoor kitchen counter top finishes at standard counter height thirty-six inches. However, this customer also desired to entertain outdoors and use the backyard for dining and serving. We built a bar height counter top with the custom fabricated granite slab finishing at forty-two inches to allow for bar stool chairs.
Cubby holes below the bar make the grill island more useful when serving guests. Many home owners are not thrilled about the idea of cubby holes when we are still in the design phase of development. However, cubby holes are like having additional counter space without using actual counter space. Extra glasses, a stack of napkins, plates and other entertaining necessities can be stored in the open air cubby hole for easy access without worrying about the wind blowing these items all over the yard. The counter top is left for serving and preparing instead of needing space for storage.
This custom outdoor summer kitchen built in bbq grill island also has a sink with running water and a drain attachment. Although many home owners will not require a sink it is always easier to wash up for dinner or clean out a glass and wipe down a spatula with an outdoor sink built into the grill island. A simple drop in bar sink with a extendable faucet is very inexpensive to install but this installation design works best with a tile counter. With granite custom fabricated for the outdoor kitchen the under mounted sink is a much nicer idea although the fabrication and materials usually exceed $500.
Under mounting the sink involves cutting the sink out of the granite slab and mounting the bowl of the sink to the fabricated granite. Fabricators cut out the opening and polish the granite edge so the granite opens right into the sink. The fucet is cut through the granite in its own hole and can be mounted anywhere on the counter for additional convenience.
We custom built outdoor kitchens on-site every day all day all year long here in south Florida and we have been building custom built in bbq grill islands for over ten years. This is a beautiful example of the outdoor kitchen. The design is useful for grilling, serving and entertaining. The accessories that are built into the grill island are useful and well thought out for maximum effectiveness. The granite, ledge stone, cypress and American made 304 stainless steel built in grill island accessories compliment each other for a beautifully unique design that will keep giving for many decades.