I'm new to the group, but I must say that the BBQ Island builds I've seen here have inspired me to at least consider building one for myself. I've looked at several of the pre-built options (Bull BBQ etc.), and it looks like the going price for a reasonably sized BBQ island with room for some bar type seating runs around $6-7K. I've also had some contractors quote me prices to build a custom island (cinder block and stucco), and their prices are even higher.
It seems to me that I should be able to build one for much cheaper using steel studs, concrete board, etc.
For those of you that did your own build - did it work out to be significantly cheaper than if you'd bought it? Were there any elements that you contracted out (i.e. concrete counter tops?). Were there any parts of the build that surprised you (either from a cost or a complexity perspective)? Was it difficult to acquire the materials/parts?
Thanks for any advice/input.