What you need to know about Pre-Assembled BBQ Islands
Also known as Pre-Fab BBQ Islands and Pre-Manufactured outdoor kitchens, Pre-Assembled BBQ Islands are designed for instant gratification. With combinations of budget-friendly packages, pre-set designs that stand the test of time and no need for contractors to take over your backyard for weeks on end, these outdoor kitchen options check a can check many boxes. Here's what to expect with a Pre-Assembled BBQ Island:
Benefits of Pre-Assembled BBQ Islands
Budget Friendly: Pre-assembled (Prefab) BBQ Islands are great for the budget. They generally cost 35% to 70% less than custom built outdoor kitchens with a local contractor.
Convenience: Once on site and in place, setup is usually adding the grill and appliances to the pre-built island. After connecting your gas (and electrical), you’re up and running.
No contractor zone: Purchasing a pre-assembled BBQ island means you won't have to worry about contractors and workers invading your backyard for weeks.
Package Pricing: Pre-assembled BBQ Islands often come as package pricing, meaning you can get the BBQ Island box design and appliances at a discounted pricing bundle rather than having to source separately. Additionally, materials such as stucco and natural stone countertops are usually included with these outdoor kitchens.
Personalization: While purchasing a pre-assembled island through a big box retailer, custom designing is not an option. By going through a speciality dealer (like BetterPatio), you have the options of personalizing your countertops, base materials and appliances upgrades.
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Examples of Pre-assembled BBQ Islands (photos courtesy of BetterPatio customers)
Cons of Pre-Assembled BBQ Islands
Design limitations: If you have a unique space or have a very specific vision for your outdoor kitchen, pre-assembled BBQ Islands may not be your best option. Their designs are pre-determined and in most cases, cannot be altered.
Delivery: If your backyard space doesn’t allow for larger items (think multiple stairs or limited access due to fencing, etc), you may have get creative to get your pre-assembled outdoor kitchen to your preferred space. We’ve seen all kinds of deliveries, including rigging and craning islands up and over the home!*
Grill Preferences: If you love a design from one manufacturer but really want a grill from another manufacturer, you will be out of luck! You can’t go into McDonalds and ask for a Whopper with Cheese. Pre-assembled island manufacturers will only allow you to use their grills with their islands. If your favorite grill manufacturer doesn't build outdoor kitchen islands, you may need to look at either a DIY or custom island solution.
Big box retailers will only deliver your pre-assembled BBQ Island curbside. If moving your pre-assembled BBQ Island to your desired location is a concern, check out BetterPatio's Preferred Delivery program.