How to Prep Your Deck For Grilling Season

With the arrival of warm weather and Memorial Day Weekend behind us, it’s safe to say it’s summer grilling season! Without a designated backyard outdoor space, there’s no where for guests to sit back and relax while watching the grill master show off his or her skills. If you want to really impress your friends and family during grilling season, consider a few ways to beautify your deck that will provide the ultimate summer hangout.

Design Your Deck With a Grill Bumpout

A deck bumpout, or grill bumpout is typically extended off the existing foundation, similar to a balcony, removing the need for foundation construction. A grill bumpout on the deck is a practical amenity because it means your grill won’t take up valuable floor space. Without a designated space for grilling and preparing food, a grill ends up being in the way of guests. By asking your deck installer to design your deck with a grill bumpout, you can rest assured your backyard BBQs won’t impede traffic flow on the deck. When choosing the right location on your deck, you’ll want to make sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from any buildings or other structures. Also, place it away from any dry grass that can catch fire.

Add a Pergola or Gazebo

Pergolas are a great way to extend your living space and can increase the amount of time you spend outside on warm, sunny days in the middle of a Maryland summer. Designed and oriented correctly on your deck, a pergola can provide plenty of shade for dinner parties, book reading, or a “work from home” office location. You may also install additional covers, for even more sun protection or in preparation for unpredictable summer storms, such as fabric or a retractable cover.

Gazebos come in various sizes, shapes and materials, but are most commonly made of wood in an octagonal, round, or rectangular shape. We are proud to offer beautiful, handcrafted vinyl gazebos made of structural pressure-treated southern yellow pine covered with maintenance-free white vinyl in three different octagonal shapes. 

grill gazebo

Since gazebos can be built as an open space or have screened walls, a gazebo can be used for an amazing variety of activities, and provide comfort in the heat of Maryland summers. At Fence & Deck Connection, we offer an optional electrical package which can really provide maximum comfort in your outdoor room. An electrical upgrade includes one switch and one receptacle — the switch can control a fan or a light of your choosing. If you’re considering adding a vinyl gazebo to your new deck, consider the following ways you can utilize your new space: 

  • An intimate space for quiet conversations with friends, family, or guests
  • An outdoor kitchen or grilling spot. With proper ventilation and room above a grill, a gazebo provides shelter from the elements to keep the grill master dry during a passing summer storm!
  • A cozy spot to exchange wedding vows
  • A peaceful place to do read, exercise, or meditate while protected from he elements

Light It Up

Outdoor lighting is an essential accessory if you plan on using your deck at night. Afternoon summer gatherings can easily transition to an enjoyable evening retreat with the installation of deck lighting onto the railing posts or deck steps. These LED or solar powered lights are functional, affordable, and also a great safety feature! If you want to really spruce up your space, string lights or globe lights hung from the deck’s railing or a pergola will add an after-dark ambiance that will make any neighbor jealous!