I have been looking, reading, and planning. Hopefully will have something started and finished to use this summer. I have a couple questions.
First on the stainless doors. I visited a local outdoor kitchen store and was surprised how they had their door units installed. Hopefully I can explain this clearly. On a door unit like this that has a "boxed" type frame: http://www.wholesalepatiostore.com/?a=pInfo&pid=3918#
they had put the exterior material (rock) on the outside of the island and then installed the door unit so the frame was on top of the rock. I have seen pics where it appears people have mounted the doors where the frame is against the Hardiebacker and then rocked up to the frame like brick mould on a door or window. I figured the doors would come with an installation guide when purchased but I can't find anything online and my curiosity is killing me.
Second, where are you guys getting your vents? Are they weather and (most importantly) rodent proof?
Third, using the method of construction recommended here with metal stud frame, Hardiebacker bottom sitting on Trex blocks, will this be rodent proof? In other words, has anyone had rodents eat though the Hardiebacker bottom since they will be able to get under the structure with it raised on blocks?
I guess that's it for now. Thanks in advance for any answers. There'll be more questions shortly and eventually actual construction and pics.