Outdoor Kitchen

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Original House - here's a pic of the back of our old lake house (Before)

Our exterior renovation of our lake house was a big job to put it mildly. I covered in my last post: addition/reno of the front of the house. I've condensed my post here to focus on the outdoor kitchen portion, but for more details on the exterior project, visit my blog.

To start, we extended the patio the length of the house. Making and installing the forms ourself using old 2×4’s and stakes then adding metal rebar for stability. Make sure the ground is packed well prior to pouring the concrete, you don’t want it settling after.

The patio roof was a big effort and would not have been possible with just the two of us, so luckily our good friends helped get the support beams in place.

As you can see, the support beams are attached to the main frame of the house for support. These were attached with hurricane ties and reinforced with additional diagonol supports (later).

After the rafters were in place, we covered the top with plywood, painted white prior to installing. Later down the road, we may install some decorative wood to the underside of the roof, but we had spent enough on this project for now...

Here's you can see the house is really coming together, with new siding, french doors, windows and the covered patio.

The base of the outdoor kitchen was built with 2×4’s, and attached to the patio with large cement bolts.

Then we covered the base with cement boards on the sides and around the openings of the cabinet doors and small refrigerator.

I tiled the sides using slate tiles. These look like tiny individual slate pieces but actually come in 12″ x 6″ inch sections.

To build the concrete countertop, we attached the forms to the cement boards, leaving an opening for the sink and grill.

Instead of using the decorative forms for the grill opening we used boards because we wanted those flat anyway and we used scrap wood to cut costs and save the remaining forms for our next project….

For full tutorial on concrete countertops check out: tiny budget kitchen reno and bathroom vanity countertop.

Finished Outdoor Kitchen

Finished Patio!

Suggested materials:

  • Concrete   (lowe's)
  • Slate tile   (lowe's)
  • Mortar   (lowe's)
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  • Racer Racer on Jun 01, 2021

    What was the cost of this addition since lumber is at an outrageous price right now???

    Very nice project to be enjoyed by family and friends.

  • Emmawilliams1 Emmawilliams1 on Jun 02, 2021

    I am with Racer...Even cheaper last year prices of lumber etc and fixtures and tile. only $600.00 I had a 4X8 deck built onto front porch last year and was $410.00..I know with you doing the work saved, but seems ???

  • Cara Thurston Griffiths Cara Thurston Griffiths on Jun 22, 2021

    Just wondering why the new stove is directly under the runoff from the porch roof. I live in the north, and ice and snow would be deposited on the cooking range.


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  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Jun 02, 2021

    Flabbergasting!!! A great addition to a beautiful location!

  • Robin Robin on Jun 08, 2021

    you did an amazing job, looks spectacular! How much expertise did you have in doing this and your previous project indoors?

    • Flawless Chaos Flawless Chaos on Jun 09, 2021

      Thanks Robin! I had no experience in anything construction related and my husband has an engineering degree, but we both have careers in technology. Outside of changing the roof line, the electric and plumbing(which is where the electircal engineering degree comes in handy)...everything can be researched online. We had never attempted concrete countertops prior to our first and now after four complete sets, we are looking to replace the granite countertops with concrete in our main home. We have self taught ourselves on siding, window/doors, tiling, painting, and trim work. All those tasks just take practice to get a professional look. The golden rule...measure twice and cut once🙂! I especially love the design process and finding ways to repurpose and reuse materials to shave off overall costs. Thanks again!

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