After asking several questions and getting some answers - decided about 3 weeks ago to get started with the frame of my L island. Just a "weekend warrior" with some skills. Using the steel studs caused some apprehension at first (as many have said) but made a jig system that enabled me to make several cuts at once with skill saw and metal cutting blade. Built modules based on the BBQ Coach method as I figured I could make walls and convert to boxes as opposed to building bottom up one stud at a time which was a little intimidating to me. Anyway - not sure how many pics I can post at a time but I will try to describe my process as I add to this post.
So - currently I have 3 modules built - all 28" deep and 35" high. I haven't made the cutouts yet. 4 foot module will hold my current grill, 28x28 corner module, and 5 foot L module with countertop and bar. Will have cutouts for frig and drawers in the 5 foot module. Attached are pics so far. Next steps are the cutouts, finishing the bar counter, connecting the modules, durock and trex feet on bottom.
Question for anyone ... if I add cross studs across the modules (primarily corner and 5 ft with bar) ... do I HAVE to have plywood under the durock if I am going to tile ?? Have seen and gotten different responses).
Any questions or comments are welcome. Looking at possible dryvit and stone or faux stone on verticals and tile countertops.