Add entertaining convenience to your property by building an outdoor kitchen.
Like any landscaping project, the scope of an outdoor cooking area is best determined by answering the questions: How do you want to use it? For full-scale outdoor dining? For intimate gatherings with family or a few guests? Or merely for occasional weekend get-togethers?
At a minimum an outdoor kitchen requires a structure to house a grill. The unit illustrated here does just that, with little cost and effort. You can add a prep sink, undercounter fridge, rotisserie, and any number of storage areas. This design accommodates those features with the installation of additional bays.
24 to 30 hours
Tape measure, shovel, hammer, rake, power tamper, cordless drill, hacksaw, concrete finishing tools, chalk line, mason's trowel, wire cutters, notched trowel, circular saw with masonry blade
Installing a concrete slab, laying out and building with concrete block, setting tile
Design layout, excavate, and pour concrete slab
2x stock for forms, deck screws, ready-mix concrete, mortar, concrete block, backerboard, metal lath, line blocks, 3/4-inch exterior-grade plywood, thinset mortar, tile, grout, brick veneer
Cut 3/4-inch exterior-grade plywood, metal lath, and backerboard to fit each section of the countertop. Fasten the plywood to the block webs with concrete screws (not anchors). Mortar the plywood, set the first piece of backerboard in the mortar, then install metal lath and the second backerboard.
Dry-lay the countertop tile to make sure everything fits. Then spread and comb a level coat of thinset on the backerboard and set the countertop field tile. Make sure all the joints line up, then set the edge tile. When the mortar cures, grout and clean the tile and install the grill.