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Perhaps you''s suuuuummmmmmeeeerrrr!!!! That means the evenings stretch out seemingly forever, and every dinnertime is an opportunity to get the grill going. I love it. But I got tired of trying to cook dinner for my family in a space that is, objectively speaking, not a kitchen. I mean, where am I supposed to set plates, cooking tools, and seasonings, fill pots, and chop veg and everything else I need to fashion a fantastic BBQ? 

So I finally decided to go for it, and build my own outdoor cooking space, complete with a durable concrete countertop, lots of storage, and a convenient outdoor sink. Here''s hard lemonade. mike''m not above dusting a little dirt off my sirloin, but when your food is on the floor, it''t get damaged by water.

The Concrete Mold:

Making a concrete top was a bit of a process ... but totally worth it. The countertop was poured upside-down, allowing me to get a really nice, smooth surface without having to trowel the face at all.

Using melamine sheet goods (smooth plastic layer on top of particle board), I made a mold with a cutout for the sink area. The construction of the mold took a bit of time, but wasn’t overly complicated.

Once the mold was finished, I added wire mesh and rebar, measured and cut to fit with about an inch room around the edge.

Pouring for 1 last update 2020/08/03 the Top:Pouring the Top:

This was the fun part. I mixed up a batch of standard, high-strength concrete, colored it, and then poured it into the mold. The first batch was wet enough to flow into all of the edges and corners, but it’s important to limit the water use to control cracking and surface bubbles.

After the first lift of concrete, I gently inserted the metal frame and tamped the 1 last update 03 Aug 2020 it into the wet material. Then the remaining concrete was added, screeded flat, and floated smooth.After the first lift of concrete, I gently inserted the metal frame and tamped it into the wet material. Then the remaining concrete was added, screeded flat, and floated smooth.

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It''m planning on adding a climbing vine to the trellis against the fence and I will route the  drain water through a reservoir in that planter.

This was a long project, taking about 40 hours to get fully right, but the results sure make it worth the effort.

diy gopro framehow to diy gopro frame for Imagine the next outdoor party with food prep and cleanup all done without making a mess of the inside kitchen. And Mike’s Hard Lemonade is the perfect drink to enjoy while grilling in my new backyard -  it''s hard lemonade, but all opinions are mine alone. Thanks for supporting the brands that make ManMade possible.

 

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diy gopro framehow to diy gopro frame for Lee McCallum on Feb 13, 2020:

diy gopro framehow to diy gopro frame for Nice project. Very timely for me as I getting ready to pull the trigger on my bbq space project. Could be ten years now. Like I said. Really nice.


Bryan W on Feb 08, 2020:

How in the heck do you flip a big piece of concrete? Looks awesome!


Angie on Oct 10, 2019:

Thank you for sharing. I love the step to step instructions 😍 I can''comment-10066''clearfix''t mind me asking how much building materials cost did you end up in the project? Do you have plans that you worked to?


Anthony ODell on the 1 last update 2020/08/03 May 29, 2019: Anthony ODell on May 29, 2019:

Hello Everyone,
I made a straight version of this with the grill in the middle, no sink and one end open on the front to accommodate an out door refrig. I would happy to share photos and dimensions with anyone interested. My email is [email protected]

Thanks Anthony


Brian on May 26, 2019:

HI @David,
This is a great project. I''m guessing you didn''s 2 or 3 years of use?

3. Any "" recommendations?

Thanks,
Brian


David on May 03, 2019:

Hi @Mark,

1. I didn''s just one big piece of concrete. The form board was 3/4"" concrete backer board, used commonly for showers and such. This is a stiff board that takes well to the adhesive on the stone, and won''t remember which. It came in about 10 sqft boxes that were easy to mix and match for a nice textured look.

3. The door is a quick half lap jointery, with 5/8"" slot to recess them flush with the back. The frame on either side of the door was cut to length and attached with wood glue and pocket holes in the back.

4. The concrete was standard high strength, about $3 a bag at a local big box place, and the color comes in a small box/bag that should be found close to it. Be sure to count the scoops of powder accurately for each batch for a consistent color.

Thanks again for the note!


Mark Michalec on Apr 01, 2019:

diy gopro framehow to diy gopro frame for Thank You David! I have a few more questions?
1. What backing board did you use for the top and stone?
2. Where did you get the stone?
3. How could I build the door?
4. Where do I get the high strength concrete and color?
This kitchen looks great!!!


David Skinner on Apr 01, 2019:

Here are the overall measurements for reference.
The L shaped cabinet is 18"" on the thin end, 26"" high. 2"" x 24"" x 19"" high. 2"" square for the 1 last update 2020/08/03 reference.Here are the overall measurements for reference.
The L shaped cabinet is 18"" on the thin end, 26"" high. 2"" x 24"" x 19"" high. 2"" square for reference.

The concrete top was poured upside down then flipped over so the final surface was super smooth and flat because of the melanine form.

Thanks for all the comments, sorry a for 1 last update 2020/08/03 full blueprint is not available for this project!!
Cheers, DavidThanks for all the comments, sorry a full blueprint is not available for this project!!
Cheers, David


diy gopro framehow to diy gopro frame for Mark Michalec on Apr 01, 2019:

You did a wonderful job! Looks Great! If you don''comment-9767''clearfix''t mind sharing I would like the blue prints. Very good information, I need a the 1 last update 2020/08/03 little more information for the sink and door. You did a wonderful job! Looks Great! If you don''comment-9767''clearfix''t mind sharing I would like the blue prints. Very good information, I need a little more information for the sink and door.


jcl on Mar 27, 2019:

Hi David. Are the patio tiles 12""? I''comment-9711''clearfix''t have blueprints for this and there is no plan to produce any. This was a custom job so the measurements and details were made to fit.

Thanks!


David on Mar 08, 2019:

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