We were all set to have an outdoor BBQ island (frame and backer board) built and installed by another company (BBQ's Galore in Brea) when I happened to come across BBQ Grill Outlet on the internet. We are so glad we chose BBQ Grill Outlet instead! Not only was their product far superior in quality, custom work and options but, believe it or not, it was nearly half the price!
Because of City building codes, we didn't want to build an island out of concrete blocks that would have required cutting into our existing concrete patio and pouring concrete footings. Instead, we opted for an island made with a steel frame and waterproof concrete backer board that could be covered with one's choice of stucco or stone. Tony, Production Manager at BBQ Grill Outlet, helped design an island to our exact needs and specifications, patiently working out all of the myriad details and making extra changes at the last minute without complaint or extra cost. He really knew what he was talking about and was so understanding of our needs.
The BBQ island frame is a very well-made, mostly welded structure bolted to the ground, and the backer board was installed afterwards, so there is no gap between the base of the counter and our concrete patio, even where the ground slopes for drainage. That last detail really sold me because our island now looks like and really is a permanent structure instead of a moveable cart, which is what the other company's islands look like.
Actually, the first thing that really impressed me about BBQ Grill Outlet was their website, because they provide the customer with a lot of helpful information, including building one's own grill, if you so choose (we're not that handy!) They also list the cost per linear foot for the basic island structure - which was what stopped me in my tracks when I compared their price to what I was almost going to pay the other company! BBQ Grill Outlet is also very flexible and was willing to build just the basic structure for us (our BBQ equipment and materials were already lined up before we knew of their existence.)
Frankly, building a beautiful backyard BBQ is never ""cheap,"" by the time you pay for the grill, counter top, drawers, sink, etc., but if you want a truly custom, quality BBQ you will enjoy for years - at a much more reasonable price - BBQ Grill Outlet is the place to go to. I am writing this rave review because I am really thankful for the great product and service I received, believe BBQ Grill Outlet should be recognized for this, and want others to benefit from it, too. I probably sound like a shill for BBQ Grill Outlet, but I'm a real (happy!) customer. If you are interested in their product and a referral, you can ask BBQ Grill Outlet to have me (Pauline F.) contact you.