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How to Build a Grilling Island

Create an outdoor kitchen by nestling a gas grill into a custom-built, granite-topped island.

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Step 1: Take Measurements

Size up the base. Measure the width and depth of the grill, making sure to account for any items (i.e., gas lines) protruding off the back. Add 1/2" to each measurement. This will be the size of the opening created for the grill. Next measure the distance from the ground to the lid and subtract 2". This will be the countertop height. Next determine the total width and depth of the island. A good starting point is to multiply the grill width by three. This will give equal countertop area on both sides of the grill. Take the grill depth and add 6 1/2" to achieve the total depth.

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