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5 tips for the best BBQ area

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Summer is steadfast on its way, so it's important to start getting our garden and outdoor areas prepared! The warmer months are without a doubt when the most entertaining takes place, so it is only fitting that we have our BBQ areas set up and ready to maximise those golden three months of sunshine and blue skies. But what makes one BBQ area more successful than another? Today on homify, we're examining the 5 most important factors that will make your summer area better than your neighbours'. Take a look…

1. Provide seating

First and foremost, long before you spend big, you need to make sure there is room enough to seat your family or guests. You can have the most expensive BBQ that money can buy, but without anywhere to sit, it's hardly an enjoyable experience for all involved! This rustic style outdoor area by ReDesign London is the perfect outdoor oasis to host the best BBQs! The wooden table and chairs perfectly suits the backdrop, complementing the brown bricks and lush green garden.

2. Get the right tools

view of sink, BBQ and fridge:  Garden by wood-fired oven
wood-fired oven

view of sink, BBQ and fridge

wood-fired oven

The best BBQ areas have all the right tools, and this example from Wood Fired Ovens has everything you need! From a sink to wash up, to a generous food prep area, it is possible to cook up a storm as easily as you would inside! With a fully equipped BBQ station, complete with fridge and multiple heat levels, the future Kings or Queens of the BBQ can cook to the very best of their ability come rain, hail or shine!

3. All seasons

Patio Canopy:  Terrace by Living Space
Living Space

Patio Canopy

Living Space

To host a fail-safe BBQ all year around, it's essential to consider an under cover space for your BBQ area. The beauty of this example by Living Space is the translucent roofing material. A cover like this means that even on the most grey of summer or spring days,  you can still benefit from being outdoors. It also means in the event of a unpredicted spell of rain (which we all know is possible in the UK!), that you and your guests can remain dry. On the flip side, on the days the sun beats down, sunburn and heat stroke can be avoided.

4. Impress your guests

Lime Range:  Dining room by Oh So Pretty
Oh So Pretty

Lime Range

Oh So Pretty

You've got all the seating and cooking equipment nailed, so why not take it one step further, and present the food you've no doubt spend hours preparing on nice platters and plates? Oh So Pretty brings us the Lime Range which will definitely give an energetic pop of colour to any table setting. Whether it's fruit, dips or the meat fresh of the BBQ, it's essential to put your best foot forward even when it comes to food presentation. 

5. Set the mood

Stealth Boat Fire Table - Southampton:  Garden  by Rivelin

Stealth Boat Fire Table—Southampton


Just as we consider the internal lighting in a home, it's important to think about how you can set the mood outside in your BBQ area. Thanks to Rivelin and their Stealth Boat Fire table, it is possible to feel as though you and your guests (or loved ones) are huddled up outside around a fire under the stars, just as you would had you escaped to the country for a weekend of camping. Just think, after having a few sausages, patties and cold brews, you can sit around a crackling fire and digest well after the sun has set.

Want to see ideas to create the best outdoor entertaining area? Check out the following ideabook: 5 fabulous fire pits

What constitutes the best BBQ area for you? Let us know in the comments section below. 
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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