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
- Concrete (lowe's)
- Slate tile (lowe's)
- Mortar (lowe's)
- Countertop forms (online retailer)