Definetly a design to be proud of! I am looking to place a four post palapa over my BBQ area once I complete it. I am hiring a palapa company to install since it seems fairly reasonable. Best wishes on building your own palapa - it is just me doing the do-it-yourself projects since my husband has a bad back. I will be tackiling the bbq area though and your stone detail gives me ideas!
If you just put a Lone Star in one of the corners (so you're not standing on it) you'll be good to go! I've got my grill still sitting in my patio, but this does give me ideas on how to mod my pool deck to move it out of my patio.
Texans are always Texans. No matter if a Texan relocated to a different state for a job or what not, I never ever heard that a native Texas say they hate Texas. They say they miss it. There is a lot of pride in this state for sure. I say Texas has the best moral for sport teams also.
It took three weekends to get this in - 60 bags of 80 pound quickcrete - I severely underestimated how much I'd need or I'd have done something different. The flagstone was left over bits and pieces from the coping that they were going to throw away. I scooped 'em up and layed 'em out in the grass. I took a picture of them and numerically labeled each piece on a printed copy of the picture. On the back side of the flagstone I marked it with a Sharpie with the number. I used hog pen panels as reinforcement and to use to hold up the stones while the concrete was drying. My brother in law helped me and he is a perfectionist. I would love to come do it again at your place pool mike, but my BIL won't return my calls - I think he's afraid I'm gonna ask for more help :-D