An outdoor barbecue area can separate the grilling space from the seating and dining areas with a stone wall divider that allows the cook to interact with guests. Adding a bar top to the dividing wall provides a spot for bar stools. A variety of materials, such as stones, stacked rocks or synthetic limestone, can encase the barbecue or face a cabinet that includes the grill, storage, a trash cart and refrigerator.
If the barbecue is encased in a stone-faced structure, tables, topped with teak or concrete, can be constructed with the same stone facing to tie the design together. Another design sets the grilling area in the middle of a concrete table that allows guests to participate in the grilling. Other inventive design options include nesting a built-in barbecue amid plantings or actually placing the grilling area within a structure that can be shut off from the seating area when the cooking's done
A decorative barbecue can be mounted to a home's exterior. When folded closed, it adds architectural detail, and when opened, it's ready to go as a sleek barbecue. Barbecues can also double as lawn sculptures with curved, sculpted bodies or set in flower-like structures with flower petal panels serving as work areas.