First of all, i have to say that this is a great site that you guys at TFP having going on here! I learned a lot about safety, asthetics, and construction here.
After reading and researching for a few months now, I think Im ready to jump in. I Just designed what I think my outdoor kitchen will look like using Google sketch, and i'm pretty happy with the look of everything.
I bought a FireMagic Echelon 660i with matching dual side burner, fridge, and 3 sets of doors to match. Got it out the door at BBQGalore for $6k (talked them down from $8k), unfortunately it has been sitting my garage for the last 9months collecting dust.
I started somewhat last year removing a huge planter box, laid some concrete, put up a pergola, ran electrical, water and 1" gas line from that I T'd off my pool heater line. I increased the pipe from 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 to allow for spa, fireplace, and some grilling to happen all at once since it's a fairly long run 70ft for gas
So here are my first pass the dimensions and layout, it's pretty much to scale, I live in California so backyards are fairly small. Let me know your thoughts. I'll post more pics as I progress.
My first question is how to handle the 1.5" slope. I've reading folks using Trex, Trex+ leveling feet, go with the slope.etc. I think i want it level, b/c when i'm in the pool I will see it is off and it will bug me. I figure it will be 36" on one end and 37 1/2 on the other to compensate for the slope. I'll be using multiple TREX pieces with composite shims for the middle. Sound right?
Also I see that some folks don't put backer board underneath, is that a personal preference, or dees it have some structual relevance. Thanks again!!