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bpowell 02-20-2008 10:56 PM

BackYard Built-In BBQ/Bar
 
I finished this bbq/bar island last year in my back yard. The goal was to create an entertainment area in our yard and maximize the view of the canyon. It took approx 2 months to come up with ideas and draw up plans, and 1 month of working nights and weekends to get it done. It was a ton of work, but I'm happy how it came out. Let me know if you have any questions.

http://www.yardshare.com/myyard.php?yard_id=18

Ricksweares 02-21-2008 11:01 AM

Great job!!!!!!!!:thumbsup:

Rick

nap 02-22-2008 09:16 PM

should we take this as an invitation to the season opener BBQ?

Looks great.

Great view over the canyon as well.

bpowell 02-23-2008 04:20 PM

Thanks guys! Can't wait for spring/summer to spend more time out there. BBQ'ing in the rain isn't quite as enjoyable!

nap 02-23-2008 04:55 PM

You are just like my wife. She never answers the serious questions either.:laughing:

curious as to the location though(generally speaking). that is a wonderful view you have.

bpowell 02-24-2008 12:13 PM

The more the merrier!

We are in Northern California in the San Francisco East Bay Area.

Knucklez 02-24-2008 06:58 PM

nice to see you didn't remove the tree but incorporated it into your plan. well done!

Vektor 02-26-2008 01:50 PM

Hi, bpowell.

Just found this website via a Google search for "building a backyard barbeque" - your post was the first result on the page.

You did a wonderful job on this project, and as I was looking at the pictures, I kept thinking "the landscape looks really familiar."

Then I saw you were from the East Bay, as are we. :-)

My fiancee and I are buying our first home this summer, and are planning on the "Lamorinda"/Walnut Creek area. If the home we purchase does not come with a set-up like this, building one is most definitely on our "DIY to do list."

Glad to have found this site, and your great DIY project. Nice job!

perpetual98 02-26-2008 02:24 PM

Is that a special fridge that can stay outdoors?

bpowell 02-26-2008 02:44 PM

Hey Vektor. We used to live in Walnut Creek, but are now in Castro Valley. I highly recommend building one at your new house. It will be well worth the work.

A friend of mine in the Dublin/Pleasanton area finished his bbq last summer and just posted his pictures on yardshare. You should check it out for alternative ideas. If you go to http://www.yardshare.com, his is the one titled "Backyard" in the most viewed yards section.

Let me know if you have any questions if you decide to do it!

bpowell 02-26-2008 02:49 PM

Perpetual98 - Here's the story on the fridge. If you want a "truly" outdoor fridge, it should be completely stainless steel. However, if you start looking at these you will see quickly how expensive they are. So I compromised on a fridge that has a stainless steel door only. The door is the only part of the fridge that is exposed to the elements so I figured it would be ok. Given that it was a quarter of the price of the all s.s. fridge, I figured if I had to replace it in 5 years, it wouldn't be a big deal. This is my second winter with it, and have not had any problems.

Vektor 02-26-2008 03:16 PM

Thanks, BP. I just checked out the pics of your friend's BBQ - it looks great also. I'm sure I'll touch base with you for tips and advice as the summer looms nearer. I anticipate I'll be spending a lot of time on this forum now that I've found it.

One question - where did you buy the materials?

bpowell 02-26-2008 03:55 PM

I've tried to list all of the major materials.....

Concrete Block - Home Depot & Morgans Masonry (San Ramon)
El Dorado Stone - Morgans Masonry
BBQ - Expo Design Center
Fridge - Home Depot
Double doors under grill - BBQ's Galore
Countertop Tile - Home Depot
Concrete Backerboard - Home Depot

Vektor 02-26-2008 05:16 PM

Thanks, BP, that gives me something to go on. I imagined that there must have been some stuff from Home Depot, but I had never heard of Morgan's Masonry before - I'll have to look into that.

We were tossing about the idea of including a sink in the set-up, but are well aware that we'd be dealing with a whole new can of worms once we start incorporating plumbing into it.

steve1234 02-27-2008 11:48 AM

Nice....A built in BBQ was also our first project for our house. After a long debate, we did a sink. Highly recommended if you can swing it.


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