Unlike freestanding grills, which you can wheel around to avoid a downdraft if the wind changes while you are cooking, built-in grills are in a fixed position. From a design standpoint, the message they send says “outdoor kitchen” instead of “last-minute plan.”
If you have sufficient space, an outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill can be configured with a generous countertop space for food prep and (and under-the-counter storage for other built-in appliances, such as a refrigerator). In the photograph below, New York City landscape architect Robin Key (a member of our Architect and Designer Directory) created a comfortable outdoor kitchen workspace in a Manhattan garden.
Another benefit is that a built-in grill powered by natural gas can connect to a dedicated fuel line—and never run out of gas again. (With a propane-powered grill, you’ll still have to swap out empty tanks.)
For more design tips for configuring an outdoor cooking space, see Hardscaping 101: Built-in Barbecues.
See how Artisan’s built-in grill looks in an outdoor kitchen (paired with a Broan exhaust hood) in our recent post Sleekness in Seattle: Modern Garden, Midcentury House.