BBQ Shack

6 Materials
2 Days

My husband has a small love affair with all things in the grills. We have 2 charcoal grills, a smoker, a gas grill and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. It was all stored on the back side of our house on a small patio made of cement pavers that only measured about 6ftx 8ft. Serving also as a walkway to the garage and driveway, passing through could be hazardous depending on what was being cooked back there. The smoker would be brought out into the walking path and other grills would be moved around as needed. Not safe or nice looking. So we decided to build something more permanent.

We had to clear tree roots to extend the patio space. Leveling this was the hardest part of this project which is why I rate it a "medium" for challenge. We used 12'x12' cement pavers which matched what was previously there.

bbq shack

Four holes were dug to sink 4x4 posts. Quick set was poured around each one to hold them in place. A knee wall was built to protect the grills from being touched accidentally. A corrugated metal roof was attached at the top, sloping to the back to allow for run-off.

bbq shack

1x8 pieces were used for planking the knee walls.

bbq shack
bbq shack

Slatted walls were installed to hang utensils but still allows a view to that side of the yard.

bbq shack

A fresh coat of exterior opaque stain to the outside of the shack allows it to blend in with the house and garage but the inside stayed unpainted. Left over corrugated metal was attached to the inside wall, behind the grills, as a heat shield.

bbq shack

A metal shelving unit was installed; easy to remove for cleaning but allows for storage and prep space. Mister has a place to grill that keeps him in the conversation but keeps our guest protected and keeps me happy not having to see a messy collection of moving grills.

bbq shack
bbq shack

You can see a more detailed post at my blog:

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  • Agape
    on May 23, 2019

    How much did this project cost you total please?

  • Susan Kmiecik
    on May 24, 2019

    Isn’t that a lot of wood too close to those hot grills? While I love the look and the idea, I think I would have lined the bottom part with the corrugated aluminum. More money of course, but much safer in my opinion. Great project though!

    • While I Linger
      on May 30, 2019

      Thanks for the question, Susan. In the blogpost you can read that we did place metal behind the grills as a heat shield.

  • Terry W.
    on Jun 11, 2019

    Do you have building plans for this project?

    • While I Linger
      8 days ago

      Hi Terry, thanks for the question. We did not make up plans for this. While I am a planner and need all the particulars on a build, my husband is a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of guy. The shack is 6ft deep by 10ft wide if that helps.

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