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Outdoor Kitchen & Grill Ideas for Summer Backyard Fun

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With June finally here, we have made it into the summer months! Warm weather, family barbeques, pool parties, the coconut smell of sunscreen, freshly cut grass, the sweet potency of a juicy watermelon. What more could you want with the start of summer staycation? How about a newly upgraded outdoor kitchen for some backyard fun? There’s no better way to say “I’m ready for summer” than with an easy, D-I-Y facelift for your outdoor kitchen and grill. Time to spruce up your outdoor eating with your friends and family! Keep reading for our top tips to help make your outdoor space as inviting as the warmth of the summer days for a dream staycation. 

Getting Started With Your Outdoor Kitchen

Not sure where to start? It can be overwhelming to look at picture-perfect images of the magazine-worthy backyard kitchen and grill. To get started on your one-of-a-kind outdoor patio project, consult with the outdoor kitchen experts at Pleasants Hardware. With suggestions on how to increase the fun to be had in your backyard, endless outdoor products and furniture, Pleasants is ready to help with whatever needs you may have for your next project. 

Ordering Your Materials

After talking with the pros and deciding on what you want to do with your outdoor space, it’s important to make a list of the materials you will need to begin building. 

Whether you’re starting completely from scratch or you’re looking to spice up your current backyard, making a list of the products you’ll need can help you save on time and hassle. Once you have your products picked out, you can easily get your purchases through Pleasants’ curbside pickup on phone-in orders, free ship-to-store with online orders, or by safely visiting the location nearest you. 

Building Your Dream Patio, Kitchen or Grill

This day in age, there are millions of ideas floating around for home improvement projects. The great thing about this is that you can now use however many ideas you want to create a space that matches your home and lifestyle. Here are a few ideas you can use to start building your customized outdoor kitchen. 

Concrete Countertops

Using concrete for your countertop is an inexpensive alternative to help your space look elegant while weather-durable. Laying down the concrete to serve as an eating surface is simple and relatively easy to accomplish. 

You can begin this project with cinderblocks to structure your outdoor kitchen. Using cinderblocks will allow you to design the space as you see best while also giving you ample storage room for your outdoor festivities. Simply mix and pour the concrete into your structure.  You can add to your outdoor countertops by considering outdoor kitchen appliances such as grills, sinks, mini-fridge, etc.

Check out this article for more information on the many ways to build your own concrete countertops.


Another common material to begin your backyard paradise is brick. Brick is an easy and attainable material to begin building. 

You can use brick as the foundation for your countertops, seats, patio and more. 

Outdoor Fireplace

Using these materials, you can also build a fireplace. Something as simple as a firepit can improve the overall aesthetic of your outdoor kitchen. Outdoor heating is a great way to bring family and friends together to enjoy the pleasantries of summer fun. 

If you’re looking for an already-built fireplace, check out our top products for outdoor heating:

Bonfires with marshmallows and chocolate make hanging out in the summer evenings that much more enjoyable! 

Along with your firepit, adding wooden seats can be an efficient and simple update to your backyard, giving it more character. At Pleasants, we have a wide selection of cushions to further customize your backyard. 

Mobile Kitchen

If you’re finding you don’t have the time to fully commit to an entire outdoor kitchen and grill, consider building a small mobile kitchen for your yard. This way, it’s easy to store and can be moved to any part of your backyard. While small, this mobile kitchen will immediately spruce up your outdoor space, making it ready to have that summer grilling party! Check out this article on how to start a DIY mobile kitchen. 

While Pleasants has the supplies necessary to build your own portable kitchen, if you’re looking for a mobile kitchen grill for your backyard that is ready to go, check out the Big Green Egg and Weber products below:


Gazebos. Consider adding a gazebo to your backyard. With a variety of different design options and styles, gazebos are a great way to personalize your backyard and create a space that is inviting. From brick structures, to wooden awnings, gazebo options are endless. 

From pergolas to shade sails, we offer a wide selection to help with all of your outdoor canopy needs. We’ve listed some of our favorites below:


Along with these major projects, there are also minor additions you can add to your current space. Here are our top products to help make your outdoor space a little more summer-ready. 

Looking to improve your yard? Get in touch with Pleasants to ensure your backyard environment is the new hangout spot for all your summer activities.