Having extra outdoor space is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it offers endless opportunities for outdoor decoration and amenities; if you have grand plans for your property, a large yard gives you the space to accomplish them.
This homeowner was determined not to let a good yard go to waste. For just $4,500, he transformed his property from an empty field to the site of a beautiful outdoor… well, wait and find out! This is incredible!
34. A Determined Homeowner
Most homeowners would simply leave a yard this size undeveloped. It’s a great place for kids to play, and anything built there would simply be lost in the sheer amount of empty space. This man, however, knew exactly how to build something grand enough to truly stand out, turning an empty backyard into a valuable addition to the house.
33. Staking Out The Area
The first step in any home improvement project is to define the area of your property that you are going to improve. This guy chose to build the new feature as an addition to the original patio area. This would allow the outdoor kitchen to function as a seamless extension of the house, incorporating the warmth and comfort of indoors as far out into the yard as possible.
32. Laying Out The Concrete
After defining the construction area, the next step was to install the concrete. With the help of a friend, he expanded the patio from 10 feet by 12 feet to 20 feet by 21 feet. This provided a large, durable base for later stages of the project.
31. Choosing A Grill Structure
Simply moving his grill onto the new concrete would appear too impermanent. Instead, he decided to build a stone grill structure, incorporating the grill directly into the base of the expanded patio.
30. Framing The Grill Structure
As the only unmovable feature of the kitchen besides the concrete floor, the grill structure had to have a defined location from the beginning. By placing it on the far end of the concrete, he not only kept it out of the way of future furniture but also provided a definitive edge to the kitchen, giving it a more complete, self-contained appearance.
29. Fleshing Out The Frame
Having chosen a location, he completed the frame to define exactly where the grill, stones, and other equipment would go. He then used cement screws to anchor the frame.
28. Setting Up The Siding
With the frame in place, the next step was to install the siding. Concrete sides would provide a heavy, durable base for additional improvements.
27. Completing The Siding
Why make the entire interior hollow, instead of just the areas where equipment would go? In addition to lowering his material costs, doing so left plenty of space to adjust the grill and other equipment after installation.
26. Selecting A Stone
Having put the frame in place, our intrepid home improver next had to select a type of stone or stone substitute. He chose airstone, which was not only cheaper than real stone but also lighter, meaning it would put less pressure on the siding.
25. Sticking The Stones In Place
How do you protect an airstone outline from wind, rain, and other outdoor pressures? The key is a strong, waterproof adhesive applied to the bottom of each stone.
24. Installing From The Bottom Up
For each panel of the wall, he began by placing stones at the very bottom and then worked his way up. This would allow each stone to rest on the one beneath it until the adhesive dried.
23. Creating A Varied Look
Notice how the stones are different sizes, shapes, and colors from each other? This created a more varied, rustic appearance, allowing the grill frame to blend in with the rest of the landscape.
22. Leaving Room For Air
While building the grill structure, this man was careful to leave large spaces on the side. This would allow for ventilation of the grill, preventing a potentially dangerous buildup of hot air.
21. The Complete Grill Structure
The final product left plenty of space for any amount of cooking equipment, ensuring that he could repair or switch out his grill without damaging the surrounding structure.
20. Trying To Get In Tune With Nature…
For many homeowners, the goal is to create continuity between nature and their homes. The house should complement, rather than contrast with, the natural environment.
19. …And Succeeding With Flying Colors!
The new grill structure accomplishes exactly this. The stone matches the surrounding soil, allowing for a seamless transition from the outdoors to the house.
18. Installing The Grill
The proof is in the pudding: once this man put his grill, wiring, and other equipment in place, he knew that building the structure had been a success.
17. The Countertops
Once the grill was installed, the final step was to put a set of countertops in place. This would close out the grill and give the structure a complete, consistent appearance.
16. Wishing For Granite Countertops…
Granite countertops are one of the most beautiful ways to embellish a cooking space, but they are also among the most expensive. Homeowners must choose between attractiveness and cost-effectiveness.
15. …But Making The Most of Concrete
Instead of paying for real granite, this man decided to make his own countertops out of concrete. This allowed him to save $1,700 on the cost of the project.
14. Leaving it Rough
Instead of smoothing out the sides of the countertops, he left their edges rough. This contributed to the grill’s appearance as a transition from the natural to the artificial.
13. Cleanliness Issues
The flip side of concrete’s natural appearance is that it can often look dirty. This is hardly the look you want when entertaining guests by the grill.
12. The Leather Solution
He settled on leather as a material that looks both natural and clean, providing the best of both worlds for the grill.
11. A Sleek, Leathery Look
Once the Cordovian leather was in place, the countertop had a solid, sleek look that was easy to keep clean.
10. A Look At The Finished Product
The final grill structure was a model of elegance and beauty. Would you even believe he made that on his own?
9. Finding Some Furniture
Once the permanent structures were complete, all that was left was to obtain outdoor furniture. This would make the area livable and give guests a convenient spot to enjoy their meals.
8. Coming Across A Canopy
Chief among the furnishings needed was a broad canopy, which could protect guests from the sun on harsh summer days.
7. The Canopy Comes Together
The yellow-beige canopy he chose blended in well with the surrounding colors. It also came with retractable curtains, allowing for full sun protection on the harshest days.
6. A Lighting Problem…
Such a broad canopy came with a downside: it would block the house’s outdoor lights, making it difficult to light up the area in the evenings.
5. …With An Old-School Solution
By hanging a set of candles from the top of the canopy, he could illuminate his grill area the old-fashioned way.
4. Guarding Against Insects
The candle fixture brought an added benefit: on nights when bugs were a problem, he could hang citronella candles in it, driving the bugs away.
3. Setting Up Seats
Finally, he needed a set of chairs— ideally, the kind of chair that was safe to put outside but comfortable enough for extended sitting.
2. Help From A Friend
Luckily, one of his friends had two outdoor chairs and a couch that he could use. Along with a carpet and a few other furnishings, the patio was complete.
1. One Final Look
And just look at the finished product! Who wouldn’t want to spend every night grilling food out here?
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