I love built in barbecues ... but even buying one at Home Depot is too pricey for my liking.
This Weber barbecue ... pictured below ... runs a cool $2700.
I have to say ... I don't know ... maybe if money was no object I would just
buy stuff like this. There is this creative ... puzzle solving ... challenge taking ...
person in me ... however ... that just loves to see if I can do it myself.
Here's my patio in the earlier stages. I had done some updates ...
as you can see ... HERE.
I wanted more ... a I usually do.
I wanted a BUILT- IN BARBECUE!
I planned ... charted ... measured ... and refigured.
1) I built a Base out of 2 X 4s ...
2) Covered them with Cement Board ...
3) Cut each individual Paver & Slate Tile ...
***425 pieces in all***
4) Mixed the Mortar Sticky Stuff ...
*** by hand ....that's the technical term***
5) Attached all 425 Tile Pieces on the Base ...
***after figuring where they all went***
6) Applied the Grout.
Voila ... easy peasy ... LOL.
The slate tile makes a nice combination with the Mexican Pavers.
Now ... FYI ... the barbecues you buy for "built-ins" cost
upwards of $700.
I just bought a regular barbecue and took off the side "wings". They
easily unscrew ... and those start at like $100.
I just rolled that puppy right back into the brick base.
Luckily it fit ... I measured like 3 times.
***I worried later that I should have tested the bbq before cementing it in...just in case***
I also adapted a regular size barbecue cover ... cut the wings off again ...
sewed her up. Works great!
While I was at it ...
I added a buffet. Same bat time ... same bat channel.
I made the buffet hollow and added a door.
Now I use this 12 foot space for storage.
Remind me to tell you tomorrow how much figuring all these slate pieces took.
So there you have it.
Unfortunately I have to pictures of the actual construction ...
but suffice it to say it was a rather big undertaking.
Tomorrow ... I'll be posting some of the problems I faced ...
and some of the things I learned.
But for now ...
I think I like mine better ... but I'm a bit prejudiced.
But you guys decide.
Things are now looking soooo much better.
Why do I take on these humongous projects?
Maybe cuz mine only cost like $400... not $2700.
Well that's one thing.....