Need some inspiration/help from the members, please.
After entertaining the idea of building the standard tin stud+Hardie+veneer structure, I'm now looking into the stack & glue tumbled paver option. I like the idea that the structure is also the finished veneer, all in one step.
But I can't find any 'under construction' photos to guide me in my design.
My inspiration, so far, has come from the Belgard website http://belgard.biz/inspiration_outdoor_living.htm where there are lots of examples of what can be done. UNFORTUNATELY the people at Belgard refuse to share the 'how to' of using their product!! No DIY photos, no under construction photos, no videos, just final 'beauty' shots.
Some pre-design concerns:
- Venting [will be build around a free standing BBQ]
- Cut outs for electrical receptacles
- Cut out pass-thru's for electrical & natural gas [both are located behind the BBQ and will need to enter thru the back]
- Glue product
- Leveling [being built on an existing concrete patio that slopes from HIGH right to LOW left for normal water shedding]
- Large openings [i assume some sort of steel support is needed like angle iron]
- Height limits/concerns when glue stacking block
The following photos from Belgard are kinda/sorta my jumping off point for inspiration.
Shows built-in freestanding BBQ
Shows higher back
*note, I'm not married to using Belgard products, but they seem to have the most appealing tumbled finish. Other manufacturers block look too much like a retaining wall.
Please point me to ANY links/ideas/personal experiences/photos/videos you may have