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BBQ Bar With a View

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I built this bar and bbq myself in the summer of 2006. The foundation is concrete block, with El Dorado stone for the facing. 4-burner stainless steel grill and a mini refrigerator. Countertops are ceramic tile on cement backerboard. The bar area is 4 inches higher than the grill area in order to have a distinct bar/serving area. The bbq/bar area took 3 months to plan and 1 month to build. It's been a great addition to our backyard.

Comments / Q&A

On November 13,2012 YardShare said:

"Hi Ron. Are you you asking about homeowner's yards that were created by a landscape pro? We just have to take the homeowners word for it on whether it was DIY or done by a company. I can certainly look into ways to categorize yards that way though."

On November 13,2012 Ron said:

"Bryan again very nice also is there any way that we can have ponds or yards that are built by the homeowner and not PROs. I've been asked to ask you,because they don't think it's fair. Just saying Thanks Ron Barber"

On August 2,2012 diane said:

"WOWOWOW!This took a LOT of hard work and a real eye for design!Good Job!"

On February 25,2012 Ron said:

"What was the price tag on that wonderful BBQ set up? It's awesome"

On June 8,2011 Sandra Miller said:

"Really Really nice!! Would love a built in kitchen in my garden space! Congrats on a job well done"

On November 16,2010 Ron said:

"Great PIT"

On February 5,2010 shelia said:

"hey bryan, thanks for taking a look at my place. this is awesome! looks perfect and i can tell you put much thought into this. you had a great vision. talk about putting the pros to shame!!!"

On November 13,2008 said:

"For a girl who loves to grill but has a very small budget... Was this a pricy project or could it be done on the cheap? Already have a grill and a mini-fridge to put in there."

On November 13,2008 YardShareBryan said:

"Hi Emily. If you were to have this done by a professional, it would run between $10-$12k. I did it myself and it cost around $3500 when it was all said and done. That said, it was a lot of work and took up one month of my life. But well worth it!"

On November 4,2008 Karen W said:

"Nice place for entertaining Bryan, Good job"

OnAugust 5,2008 said:

"Where did you purchase your stools?"

On August 5,2008 YardShareBryan said:

"We got the stools at BBQ's Galore in Dublin, CA."

OnJuly 27,2008 said:

"Nice job! nFor those who need plans, I have them available at: nhttp://plansbyjorde.tripod.com nDrDave"

On July 20,2008 YardShareBryan said:

"Hey Smash. Well, while there is a lot of space within the block, the problem was getting access to it. Given the dimensions I had to work with, I didn't have enough room to add any access points in the area I put the fridge and the propane access doors. I didn't really want anything other than the stone on the other sides. But if you can add more access points given your dimensions.....concrete block gives you planty of space options. Hope to see your project on YardShare when you get started!"

On July 20,2008 smash said:

"Thanks - that makes sense. I did just add my gecko patio project; take a look at it."

On July 19,2008 smash said:

"Nice BBQ; I need to do one as well. I have a question - there is a lot of volume within the block, but you only built in small storage spaces, which seems a waste to me. Is there a reason you did not maximize storage volume?nI will have my smoker there, and want all the space I can get."

OnJuly 17,2008 said:

"Nice Yard!"

On July 17,2008 said:

"I love your bbq. Well done."

OnApril 1,2008 said:

"Very nice island and yard. Im impressed and appreciate your feedback over at BBQ Galore. "

On March 16,2008 YardShareBryan said:

"I used a half-height concrete block for the top course of block on the bbq area, which allowed it to be 4 inches shorter than the bar. You should be able to find a 4inch hieght block at your local masonry store or a home depot or lowe's."

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