As we finish up the yard renovation project, there are some really fun things happening. Creating an outdoor kitchen might be the most gratifying of all of the big ideas we came up with a year ago when we envisioned what we wanted in a yard, because it means we can spend our evenings outside, which just feels more intimate and fun than cooking meals indoors. (And there is the added bonus of making our friends and family jealous, which is ultimately one of our biggest goals in life ;-)
Ryan did a TON of research on grills before choosing the Weber Summit S-660. I'll have to have him write a post documenting his process, because it was complicated, but he chose the Weber Summit because he felt it was the best combination of value for the money, warranty and support, and quality stainless steel manufacturing. There is a stand alone model, but we plan to build the grill in to an island, which is what this particular grill is meant to do.
While trying to decide what exactly we wanted in our kitchen, Ryan asked me to create Photoshop mockups of a few different configurations. The image below was the ultimate winner.
The plan is to build the frame from welded metal, face it with the same redwood siding we used on the planter box, and top it with granite.
But first we have to create a level base for everything to sit on... details details.
brought it in for the patio base, then we moved it again before we could install the sod, and now we were moving it for a third time so we could pour a deep enough concrete pad for the grill. The funny thing is, I'm sure we'll have to move it at least one more time to get it out of the yard all together... dem's da berries.
You can also see the green tape line that we created to show us where the island would jut out on to the patio.
read more about that process here.
The next step was to build a frame for the concrete, which we created from douglas fir 2x4s.
pouring the cement footings for our planter boxes that the frame doesn't need to be perfect, especially when you are working below ground, but it does need to be level.
We built the frame by laying out the 2x4's in the proper shape and then checking for level. Once we had the proper layout we began the fun process of leveling the frame to the existing patio. We began with the piece closest to the patio and then raised it to match the level of the patio. Once we had achieved level we hammered a wooden stake in behind (wouldn't want it in the concrete now would we) the frame and then screwed the board to the stake making sure that we maintained level. We continued the same process all the way around the frame until it was married back into the patio. Then we remembered (realized) that our patio has a slope (for drainage), so we raised the form up just a little on the low side of the patio. There is still a slope (which means we'll have to slightly shim our grill in order to get it perfectly level) but it's not sloped quite as much as the patio.