The warmer weather starts to appear and Sydney’s mood instantly lifts. Summer is on its way… relaxed sunny days, swims at the beach and spending our time outdoors entertaining around the BBQs with friends and family. The BBQ is an Australian tradition. The stand alone Beef Eater has been upgraded with our desire for our outdoor entertaining areas to be consistent with our indoor spaces. When Secret Gardens design BBQs and serveries we take into consideration, how our clients entertain, their storage needs and the distance of the entertaining area from the house.
Key tips for a good design is to have bench space either side of your BBQ for placing trays when cooking. If you are short of space inside consider extending this area so that you create a servery for plates, drinks, glasses etc.
In-built sinks are handy if your entertaining area is a long way from the house, or you prepare a lot of seafood but otherwise we recommend clients save on this element and use their kitchen facilities. A water source close to the BBQ area is always handy. Inbuilt fridges are great if you want to have drinks close at hand or lack the fridge space when entertaining.
The storage required depends on your internal storage. If you are short on storage inside, then a cupboard with a shelf beneath the BBQ is a great option. BBQ cabinetry can be difficult to be 100% waterproof so store items in plastic containers or ensure they are waterproof. If you have sufficient storage requirements internally then we encourage people to use 1/3 of their space for cabintery and then cantilever or extend the bench to allow stools to be placed underneath so people can sit down. Everyone always ends up huddled around the BBQ, so you may as well be comfortable.