Rule of Thumb
Don’t let the available items be your primary concern. The projects with the most satisfying result are usually initially dictated by space allotment and budget. Sometimes simple is better and sometimes it’s nice to have a few luxurious amenities. Take your time and make the choices that best fit your family’s needs then add the fun stuff. Far too often we see people choose everything they want and force them to fit in the space allowed, making everything appear cramped together. In other cases, people eyes are bigger than their budget and they simply choose the lowest priced items from multiple brands and the island ends up looking like a Frankenstein creation. Neither of these lend itself to a well thought out design and will often times lead to a less than attractive result.
If the budget is a concern, choose a quality grill and go with a more affordable brand for all the doors and drawers. This will ensure the stainless on the front and all the handle styles will match. It is true that an outdoor kitchen or basic BBQ island can bring overall value to your home, but usually only at a rate of 1/3 of an indoor kitchen. Regardless of your budget, count your costs wisely and select your items accordingly.
U- or L-Shaped Island
If you are designing an expansive outdoor entertaining space or a commercial kitchen, the layout will be broken into different “zones”. The location of each zone is placed strategically in order to create a harmony within the work area. Regardless of the specific zone’s purpose, you want to ensure that the zone itself is ergonomically intuitive, having all the essential items needed for that zone to function easily. It’s essential to keep everything within arm’s reach to minimize the steps taken by the chef. This not only lessens the amount of fatigue that the chef could experience, but it also increases the harmony, pleasure and enjoyment of working within that space.