1. Convenience: You won't have to haul food and supplies across the lawn. An ideal location is 15 to 20 feet from your indoor kitchen. Stay cool by placing seating where guests won't be facing the intense rays of the setting sun.
2. Budget: It's less expensive to run utilities a short distance from the house. You can also save on paving by building on an existing patio or deck by the back door.
3. Shelter: The walls of the house can provide structure and protection—at no extra cost. If under an overhang, avoid the smokehouse effect by placing the grill near the roof's perimeter.