Our outdoor kitchen, deck, and patio cover

My husband spent several years building this deck and outdoor kitchen. Once that was completed, we realized the necessity of putting up a patio cover. However, we wanted one that would span the enormous deck area without having poles interfere - this meant using steel instead of wood for the cover. So, we hired our contractor to come and design a custom patio cover to go over the outdoor kitchen and dining area. He designed the panels that can move back and forth, open and close. They are made from Sunbrella fabric and have a 10+ year warranty on them. They make a huge difference on our home since the deck is west facing.
Outdoor kitchen and patio cover
Out door kitchen
Panels move back and forth
Curtains open and close to help keep heat and sun out.
BEFORE: just a dirt patch. Hubby dug up and ran all the gas and power and water.
All the lumber delivered from Lowe's for the project.
During: set up the floating deck. It's not attached to the house at all.
This is where the outdoor kitchen will go.
More beams
Joist hangers galore!
For the railing and banisters
A crew of a dozen men showed up to help lay the deck.
Men cutting and helping out.
Getting instruction by my hubby - with the tool belt around his waist.
More men getting ready to lay the decking.
It took them all day to lay the entire deck. Big job!
Starting the outdoor kitchen
My hubby picked up his brand new DCS grill on Ebay - got it for half the price of new by buying it at a dent and ding place. We still, to this day, can't find the dent or ding in it!
The frame to put fireplace.
Ventless fireplace - so it doesn't have a chimney or any smoke.
Prep for scratch coat
Putting on scratch coat
In-between phases...this drags out for months.
Framed up the outdoor counter area.
Plywood outdoor kitchen area.
Prepping for scratch coat.
Scratch coat on back of the counter area
Scratch coat complete.
Stone wall.
Stone work
For years, every summer, we put pop-up tents on the deck to shield us from the sun.
I made the best of them!
A view of the outdoor buffet we made from an old dresser.
At night.
Fireplace is so cozy!
Fireplace spruced up!
At night in front of the fire!

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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Con7627405
    on Aug 20, 2016

    Does rain accumulate in the overhead sunbrella covering?

  • Shelly Marker
    on May 27, 2018

    I'd like to know where your contractor got the rolling acembley for the patio roof that rolls back and forth for shade ?

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