Kitchen & Grill Tips for Summer Backyard Fun


June is here and we are finally in the summer months. Pool parties, quality family time, warm weather, sweet smells of watermelon, freshly mowed lawns and sunscreen on the skin is almost the perfect equation to starting your summer staycation off on the right track. To top it all off, a freshly updated outdoor kitchen and grill for more summer fun is sure to make your yard the party spot of the season. An upgraded backyard with DIY projects screams “we are ready for summer!” It’s now time to spruce up your outdoor space with these top tips to keep it as welcoming as the summer months in Virginia for an ultimate staycation.

Where to Start?

Where do you start? There are always a million articles, posts, magazines and tv shows that offer starting points for your first backyard revamping. It can be overwhelming to look at all these perfect photos. But worry no more! Taylor’s Do it Center is here to make your backyard project the most enjoyable. We know how to make summer fun in your space with tips, suggestions and products. We are available to help with any projects needs that you may have. 

Gathering the Materials

Regardless of whether you’re starting entirely from scratch or you’re looking to add to your current backyard space, making a comprehensive list of all the products you need is a great first step. Talking to the professionals at Taylor’s can help you develop a better grasp on the extent of your project materials. Once you have your products ready for purchase, Taylor’s offers curbside pickup on phone-in orders, online shopping with free ship-to-store, or safely visit the location nearest you to help get you the products you need for your summer project. 

Building Your Dream Backyard

There are thousands and thousands of options for the aspiring backyard developer. What is wonderful about this is the fact that there are a number of options to make your backyard as specific to you and your lifestyle as possible. No backyard kitchen is the same, so it is the perfect opportunity to get as creative as you want for your project. Keep reading for some of our best ideas about how to start building your outdoor and kitchen. 

Concrete Countertops

An inexpensive alternative to improve your outdoor space, while making it weather durable, is substituting concrete for your countertops. Concrete countertops are relatively easy and simple to accomplish and suffice as a sturdy eating surface. 

Use cinderblocks to begin this project. Cinderblocks will work as the structural foundation of your outdoor kitchen and grill. 

Cinderblocks allow you to design your kitchen with ample storage space for all of your outdoor festivities. All you will need to do is mix and pour the concrete into your structure. To add, use outdoor kitchen appliances to add to your countertops. With grills, sinks, mini fridges and more, there’s a wide selection for your outdoor space to function as the best outdoor kitchen. 

Read more here for additional information on DIY outdoor concrete countertops. 


Along with cinderblocks, you can use bricks to create your backyard summer paradise. Super attainable and easy to build upon, brick is a great building material to get you started on your project. Bricks can be used as the foundation of your seats, patios, countertops, etc. T

Outdoor Fireplaces

Outdoor fireplaces are a great option to bring family and friends around for some joyful summer fun. Having an outdoor fireplace allows for numerous activities and improves the overall appearance of your backyard. Who doesn’t want to sit by the fire on a nice summer evening? 

Whether you’re roasting marshmallows or gazing into a warm glow, Taylor’s is here to help you with all of your outdoor heating needs. We have a wide selection of outdoor fire-pits and fireplaces ready to light up your summer. Here are some of our favorites:

If you'd like to build your own outdoor fireplace, cinderblocks, and bricks are easy DIY options for outdoor fireplaces. Adding to your DIY chairs, check out Taylor’s selection of cushions to give your yard some personality.

Mobile Kitchen

Another fun outdoor project for the summer is building a smaller, mobile grill/kitchen. If you don’t have the time to commit a portion of your summer to entirely revamping your backyard, building or purchasing a mobile kitchen is always an option. These are great summer additives because they can be moved to any part of your yard. Although small, a mobile kitchen immediately adds to the aesthetic of your outdoor space, making it ready to have a grilling party! 

If you’re looking for an already-built grill, check out these top products:

Wanting to do a DIY portable kitchen instead? Click here for more information on building your own mobile grill and contact Taylor’s for professional guidance.


Gazebos are a beautiful addition to your backyard, making it a great way to personalize it to an inviting degree. There is a huge variety of design options and styles that will fit whatever aesthetic you’re looking for for your outdoor space. Between wooden awnings and brick structures, the options of gazebos are endless. 

If you’re looking for a pre-built gazebo to seamlessly add to your space, check out these top products:


Not looking to give your backyard a whole facelift? There are still smaller additions you can make to your outdoor space to make it ready for guests and summer events. Here are some of our favorite products for outdoor spaces. 

No matter what project you’re looking to invest time and energy into, Taylor’s Do It Center is here to help along the way. Whether you’re building an entire outdoor kitchen area, a gazebo, a portable kitchen, or you want outdoor decorations for your already-built patio, we are here for whatever needs you may have. Get in touch with us today!