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01-09-2013, 10:45 PM
I'm in the planning phases now for my outdoor kitchen/bar. What I'm looking at is a cook space, prep space, and bar. Looking at doing a sink and two fridges, one for the alcohol and the other for the meats and beer overflow.

Going to have it roofed and have a flat screen for games/fights. I'm waiting now to get a quote on the concrete slab. Don't know much about concrete except its not cheap. Gonna do a 19x17 slab but can't get the quote till this rain clears out. Got a fantastic idea in my head, hope it comes to life

Anyone have an outdoor kitchen/bar. If so, post up pics and lets talk costs of material, contractors, DIY's, etc

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01-09-2013, 11:12 PM
a couple of houses ago.
built by me :)




01-09-2013, 11:13 PM


01-09-2013, 11:35 PM
Very nice! I got a buddy whose gonna frame everything like you did with the metal fab. Neither of can do masonry so I either have to contract out or my buddy can do stucco. I'm leaning twds the stucco look right now but leaving options open. Yours looks great sand!!

01-10-2013, 12:16 AM
that does look awesome. giving me ideas for when i am in a position to do something like that!

01-10-2013, 07:38 AM
I hadn't ever done masonry before. it's not hard. the pieces only come in 4 or 5 consistent shapes. I spent several hours playing with the different sizes and it all "clicked". mix up some tile mortar and sling it on. some of it you have to grout between and I don't get that, so I picked a stone that doesn't require it, but still can have some gaps so you didn't have to be perfect like laying brick. your local stoneyard will be happy to give you some assistance. I had a hard time getting them to stick with their mud tho so I switched to a tile mortar and it worked great..

01-10-2013, 08:54 AM
Couple things about that type of stone. Normally would not use drywall behind - we typically use 'Durarock'. On top of the Durarock you use expanded metal lathe. Then you put a coat of mud and let it dry. Then you 'butter' the back of the stones and place them one at a time. Grouting is pretty straight forward. You get a grout back - which is basically a plastic bag with the corner cut off - like a cake decorator. Mix the mud to the right consistency and squeeze it in the gaps. Mud consistency is the tricky part in all operations. It is really easy to go from to thick to to thin.

01-10-2013, 09:46 AM
awesome job Scott! That looks like a real nice DIY project.

Petty, this may sound a bit hokey, but you should watch some of the shows on DIY & HGTV as they do these type of projects all of the time. As benson mentioned, a cement backerboard is used to prevent moisture penetration. Maybe he can also comment on using a man-made vs natural stone. Some of the newer products, while they can be more costly, look pretty easy to use and DIY vs hiring it out, which in total will cost you more.

Here is an example:


01-10-2013, 12:18 PM
Awesome! Love the outdoor kitchen/bar. Think about stuff like weather, bugs, glare, etc. when you do it. Things like screen and ceiling fans can help with bugs. Awnings, etc. can keep the glare off your screen. Try to integrate all the stuff you want into a well thought out design. Good luck!

01-10-2013, 02:10 PM
benson is correct. durock or any concrete backerboard will hold it up. some of the prefab units come with a backer already attached, but it was fun to build the cabinet from scratch out of steel. def. harder at first than cutting wood 2x4's. I used sheet metal screws, but if I did more than one, I'd invest in a cheap spotwelder. would have made it easier to level.

01-10-2013, 05:32 PM
To bad your not a little closer to TX Benson

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01-10-2013, 11:44 PM
I was thinking too bad he wasn't in the ATL.

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01-11-2013, 08:45 AM
Don't misinterpret knowledge for skill. I lived around concrete work while I was a kid. But only have direct experience with fake stone in one case. My son and I did his fireplace surround a couple years ago. Turned out really well.
Most important lessons learned -
1. I don't like cement board
2. It is very easy to go from too dry to too wet when mixing mud -so add water sparingly. This applies to the scratch coat, the 'butter', and the grout.
3. You MUST butter the back of the stones, even if you are laying them on a horizontal surface.
4. You can cut fake stone with a recip saw if you get a good diamond blade - but it will generate a lot of dust. I like it better than a circular saw (did not have a tile saw). When you use a recip saw use some duct tape on the blade hilt and on the stone to protect from marring the stone while you cut.

Good luck.

01-11-2013, 09:56 AM
So Scott is the only one here with an outdoor kitchen and Benson has the knowledge..... Guess when mine is done ill have to have a moomba forum shindig at the new bar and grill.

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02-22-2013, 11:00 PM
Project is well under way and if all goes well should be done by next weekend. Slab is being laid Monday at 9am, then roofer and electrician follow once slab is dry. I dug some nasty holes today and have much respect for any professional post hole diggers out there. Here's a few shots of the progress thus far




02-22-2013, 11:02 PM
Site prepped and ready for concrete and roofer



View from back patio


New Guy
02-23-2013, 09:32 AM
Are you going to do flag stone or stamped concrete?

Either way it looks great.

02-23-2013, 12:08 PM
going with the washout concrete. the color and texture of that slab should flow well with the brick and stone that's ready in place. didn't want it to be to "busy".

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03-05-2013, 03:42 PM
Couple of updated shots. Almost done....



03-05-2013, 03:49 PM
She's really coming along. Should be ready just in time for the hot weather when you have to go inside in the AC. :D

KG's Supra24
03-05-2013, 03:58 PM
Looks great .. bet you are excited.

03-05-2013, 04:31 PM
Looking awesome man!

03-05-2013, 06:32 PM
You should start a how to show. First, a hundred pictures of an auger, a few of a lay out, and then poof the whole thing is erected. I think you missed a few steps.

Looks nice.

03-05-2013, 10:30 PM
Petty, I am jealous... Nice looking backyard grilling party pavilion ..:cool:

03-06-2013, 02:52 AM
You should start a how to show. First, a hundred pictures of an auger, a few of a lay out, and then poof the whole thing is erected. I think you missed a few steps.

Looks nice.

HAHA - exactly what he said!

Does look pretty sweet! You know where the party's going to be this summer.

03-06-2013, 09:49 AM
You should start a how to show. First, a hundred pictures of an auger, a few of a lay out, and then poof the whole thing is erected. I think you missed a few steps.

Looks nice.

well I documented the build pretty well on my Facebook page, didn't think folks here wanted to see 200 pics of build

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03-06-2013, 10:35 AM
Well, it's March and snowing in a big chunk of the country. What do you think?

New Guy
03-08-2013, 04:15 PM
There is a reason that my basement build pictures are like that. Its still snowing and 30 in Wisconsin.

03-10-2013, 11:48 AM
Projects coming to an end thank heavens. I just have a few touch up spots on the roof to stain, get cable into house for the tv, and some landscaping to-do's. been a very long 10 days but its time to throw back some cold ones and enjoy all the labor


Roofs not slanted! The spot I took the pic was



03-10-2013, 11:52 AM
32-inch flat screen mounted in left corner. Had it covered up in this pic cause a storm was suppose to be rolling in

Bar fits 13 comfortably

Tiki theme it is


03-10-2013, 12:20 PM
Wow!! Nicely done 👍

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03-10-2013, 07:37 PM
Wow nice work. As a plumber i'm curious to know how or if the sink is really functional ? Water suppy hooked into a hose? Drain into a bucket?

Looks like it should get lots of use. Enjoy.

03-10-2013, 08:05 PM
TV cable wire ran today and all is functional

03-10-2013, 08:08 PM
Wow nice work. As a plumber i'm curious to know how or if the sink is really functional ? Water suppy hooked into a hose? Drain into a bucket?

Looks like it should get lots of use. Enjoy.

Sink is fully operational minus the hot water. I ran full PVC drain pipes down to the floor and had the mason leave a "cut out" for the drain. Have an elbow at the floor then the 1.5 inch PVC ran thru the hole in the brick. The water lines are hooked up to a Y valve then I ran a 10 foot hose out the same drain hole. When we are outside I just connect the hose from the house. Ill snap a few pics here in a min.

I have an access panel behind the sink so I can access any future problems

03-10-2013, 08:21 PM

Contractors cig, guess I should clean that up


03-10-2013, 08:22 PM


03-10-2013, 11:24 PM
I like it. Get ur party on!!