BBQ Shack

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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.

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.

1x8 pieces were used for planking the knee walls.

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

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.

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.

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  • Amber Amber on Aug 20, 2020

    How did you level the ground under the pavers to account for the slope of the ground?

  • Marie Garbiso Marie Garbiso on Jun 18, 2021

    What was used to attach all the boards together?

  • Gina Smith Gina Smith on Jul 15, 2021

    I have a question, does the somewhat enclosed area present any trapping of too much bbq smoke or does the open walled area allow for smoke to freely exit the bbq shack?


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  • Sso49175465 Sso49175465 on Jun 15, 2020

    I love it so much

  • Steven Steven on Jan 21, 2021

    Thanks for posting this, built one by the pool using your design with slight modifications for my layout

    • While I Linger While I Linger on Jan 21, 2021

      Nice work, Steven! Thank you so much for sharing the pictures. I love to see how others are inspired to work their own style and needs into their projects. I can imagine the food coming out of there is equally fabulous!