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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.

Ricksweares 02-21-2008 11:01 AM

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


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

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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, 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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