I finally came back around to this site after looking for information to build my own grill and bar area. I have limited experience with framing and DIY jobs having done a complete home theater installation in my basement. I've looked a bit at DrDave's site. The metal studs will be all new to me as well as stonework. I'm hoping the learning curve isn't too steep.
I want to have a 12 foot long bar that is two tiered with granite top and stone veneer. I also want a separate area with grill, but similiar in materials. Here is a sketch.