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.
(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/