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    BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    Hello,

    This is my first post in the forum. Since I gained knowledge from this forum on a variety of topics. I thought I should pass along any lessons I learned with our DIY custom BBQ Island. I will try to answer any questions that other DIYs might have on the process I faced from beginning to end. I took a ton of photos, but for now I'll show just a couple of progress shots. If later, a photo helps to answer a question, I can add more photos at that time.

    It's an "L"-shaped island (7.5ft x 10ft) with granite countertops and stone veneer. Since we poured a new concrete patio, we ran the electrical & natural gas to the island. No more propane bottles to refill! I pulled the permits with the city ($90) and had it all inspected & signed off. I framed it with metal studs and faced it with wonderboard. The granite & stone veneer was hired out to professionals. The last step is the backsplash which I'm installing this weekend.

    For full disclosure, I'm not professional carpenter or a skilled craftsman. I'm just a regular weekend warrior willing to try something new.

    Thank you,
    Mark

    (Sorry about the photos being out of sequence. You'll figure it out.)

    Here's a link to the photobucket site: http://s1282.photobucket.com/user/mweisz1/library/
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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    Welcome to TFP!

    Very nice setup and great handiwork
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    Welcome to TFP ?
    That looks great ! 👍
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    Mark, that looks awesome! Wanna come make me one?

    enjoy
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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    Looks awesome. Can you give us a ballpark on how much you think you saved? Maybe the cost without the appliances?

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    Vegas Kid,

    That's a good question. I'm guessing I saved $1,500-$2,000 on the labor by doing it myself. I did all of the design, material runs, framing, cement board and the 12V & 110V wiring.

    By doing it yourself, the change orders to the project don't hurt the wallet as if you had a contractor standing in your backyard waiting on you to make a decision.

    Mark

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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    This BBQ Island project is done. Wrapped up the backsplash over the weekend. The photo shows the final product.

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    Sorry..Here's the photo..

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    All I can say is WOW. That looks great.
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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    Mark, great job. This is motivation to start my backyard BBQ do over....LOVE that backsplash!! Really sets off everything.

    Bob E.

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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    This looks fantastic! Do you have any larger photos of the finished product?

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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    Quote Originally Posted by liquix View Post
    This looks fantastic! Do you have any larger photos of the finished product?
    Thank you. I've been trying to upload a larger photo, but have apparently max'ed out on my upload "quota limit". If anyone knows a better way to get some more photos uploaded, I'd be happy to try that.

    Mark

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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    I would really like to know your plans/diagrams of your project. It is amazing and it is exactly what I am looking to do in my backyard
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    I smell what you're cookin' brother!
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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    Quote Originally Posted by DaSarge View Post
    I would really like to know your plans/diagrams of your project. It is amazing and it is exactly what I am looking to do in my backyard
    DaSarge,

    We did hire a landscape architect to help us some general layout concepts and with plants. Other than that we picked all of the materials and colors from the stamped concrete to the stone veneer. We spent a lot of time researching on the internet and going to home shows to get ideas.

    Is there an item of particular interest that I can expand on?

    Mark

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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    Looking more at your BBQ Island. is what i was asking.
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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    Sorry, we didn't have any plans. Sort of sketched it out and made it work. Scoured the internet for ideas and then went for it.

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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    That is VERY slick! Beautiful outdoor spot.

    And now I have a ton of questions :
    -what kind of steel stud did you use? Where did you buy it?
    -Was a chop saw enough to cut all the pieces for the frame?
    -What fasteners did you use to hold it all together?

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by caliking View Post
    That is VERY slick! Beautiful outdoor spot.

    And now I have a ton of questions :
    -what kind of steel stud did you use? Where did you buy it?
    -Was a chop saw enough to cut all the pieces for the frame?
    -What fasteners did you use to hold it all together?

    Thanks!
    Caliking,

    The studs were 25 gauge steel studs from Home Depot. I pre-cut the studs on a steel band saw since it would be much quieter than a chop saw. I used screws from Hope Depot as well. The screws were Teks #8 x 3/4 in. Zinc Plated Steel Truss-Head Phillips Self Drilling Sharp Point Screws. Keep in mind that you will need some vise-grips when running the screws into the studs.

    Mark

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    Re: BBQ Island Build - 99% Complete

    Hi -

    Your ODK looks fantastic. I just posted today for 1st time and you are similar to me as far as "skill set". Yours is similar to what I want to do except I am on tight budget. Specific questions (included in my post -- if you want to tackle any other questions - please feel free.

    Did you use any supports for the raised bar countertop - hidden or otherwise?? It looks like 12" ?? I am definitely not an electrician (but my brother has skills ... how many outlets do you have or recommend and did you run wiring under patio or above using conduit ?? How long to get permit and did they require detailed drawings??

    Thanks so much!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by whesser View Post
    Hi -

    Your ODK looks fantastic. I just posted today for 1st time and you are similar to me as far as "skill set". Yours is similar to what I want to do except I am on tight budget. Specific questions (included in my post -- if you want to tackle any other questions - please feel free.

    Did you use any supports for the raised bar countertop - hidden or otherwise?? It looks like 12" ?? I am definitely not an electrician (but my brother has skills ... how many outlets do you have or recommend and did you run wiring under patio or above using conduit ?? How long to get permit and did they require detailed drawings??

    Thanks so much!!
    whesser,

    Yes, I used 4 brackets to the support the granite countertop. The granite is 3cm thick x 20" deep x 9.5ft long. The countertop overhangs about 13" or so. The supports are screwed into the studs.

    All gas & wiring was run in a 24" deep trench (per my city's code) from the gas meter & electrical service panel, so my wiring comes under the island. The permit was easy to get with a very basic hand drawn sketch of the proposed layout of the wiring and I had to list the number of 110V GFCI outlets on that sketch. I have 2 outlets built into the island's backsplash and 2 outlets inside of the island where I have a storage space. The second photo shows the stainless steel door to access this storage space. I forgot that I had another outlet on the wall as well (the white box next to the right of the access door). Overall, I have 5 outlets on 2 circuits at the BBQ Island.

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Mark

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