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Project by wilschroter posted 06-09-2020 08:13 PM 988 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Took me 12 weekends but I was able to turn my fairly useless and empty deck into a full outdoor kitchen. You can see the (mostly) before and after.

The floors aren’t done yet (still the old decking) but here are some of the materials I used in case folks are interested -

Grill, Range, Exhaust, Doors - All Viking. The range hood was a real pain as I had to figure out a way to put 10” ducting through the garage and back out the side of the house.

Vertical Slats - Poplar with Harvest Wood stain + poly. Sat those on top of painted half-inch PT plywood.

Hardwood Cladding – Elmwood Reclaimed Timber walnut with a poly coat on them.

Counters - Cambria quartz. Not the most durable, but damn pretty.

Black Wall Cladding – Is from Thermory, their Ignite collection, which is a charred surface.

Back Splash Tile – Hand made tile from a company in Austin, can’t remember their name, but really beautiful product.

... I’m doing a slat ceiling in walnut similar to what’s on the walls, but it’s taking forever. Also, the floors will be a white porcelain hardwood looking tile.





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sansoo22

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#1 posted 06-09-2020 08:34 PM

Spectacular work! I really like the grill/range and the back splash. I have a 10×18 covered patio I would love to do something like this but I’m afraid of what humidity in my area would do to all the hard work.

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wilschroter

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#2 posted 06-09-2020 08:38 PM

@sansoo22 You know, I feel the same way. So what I did was take a fairly modular approach to how I installed stuff.

I’m in Ohio so we have the worst of all seasons (hot, cold, humid, dry)

The black cladding is specifically outdoor cladding, so no issue there. My main concerns were going to be the hardwood on the faces and the slats (poplar) vertically. So the way I saw it, if those got really gnarly they could be fairly easily replaced without having to rip out too much. The hardwood is essentially butt jointed in the corner so I could easily take one side off and replace it if it buckled. Not a too much work or expense. Same with the walnut slats.

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#3 posted 06-09-2020 09:10 PM



I m in Ohio so we have the worst of all seasons (hot, cold, humid, dry)

- wilschroter

I’m in MO so if it lasts in Ohio I should be good to go. How did you handle the plumbing hook ups for the sink? Is it insulated and do you plan to disconnect in the winter time?

Also the modular approach with outdoor rated materials is brilliant idea. I hadn’t thought of going that route.

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wilschroter

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#4 posted 06-09-2020 09:24 PM

You know, I actually engineer my projects with that in mind, not because I’m such a clever engineer (I don’t know anything about engineering) but because I’m a fairly shitty carpenter so I always have to have a backup plan for when I learn later how badly I planned.

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#5 posted 06-10-2020 12:52 AM

Nice job

Gotta be way fun to show off

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#6 posted 06-10-2020 12:55 AM

damn you “suck”-lol.that is what every man wants,not neccesarily needs but wants.the grill seems kinda tiny though,what maybe 60”,i guess you could squeeze a couple burgers on there.just kidding that is one beautiful kitchen.congrats,happy grilling.oh hey what about a smoker though?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 06-10-2020 02:17 AM

Nice work. Is the decking stable enough to hold the tiles without cracking or will you add some plywood?
Where does the window lookout from?
Your outdoor kitchen is nicer than most indoor kitchens.

-- James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 06-10-2020 08:57 AM

Nice job! You added a lot of value to your home.

-- Petey

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#9 posted 06-10-2020 11:23 AM

Excellent job!!! Looks like everything turned out great. Yep – there’s some deck envy going on here. I can’t even get around to make a small cart for my Big Green Egg.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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ArmyLifer

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#10 posted 06-10-2020 12:41 PM

Love it. We need something similar. Guess I need to start planning!

-- ArmyLifer, Alabama

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nkawtg

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#11 posted 06-10-2020 04:08 PM

Really nice job. I assume the outdoor sink is opposite the indoor kitchen sink?
Watch out for the mouse hole in the lower left.

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wilschroter

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#12 posted 06-10-2020 04:12 PM

@nkawtg The lower left is actually sealed you just can’t tell in the pic. We’ll also take the porcelain flooring up to form a vertical seal but agreed – those critters get anywhere they can. Below my deck is going to be a particular losing battle.

James The window overlooks the laundry room adjacent which is sort of useless in both directions. The decking is going to be ripped out and re-built to support the additional size and weight but will essentially be using 2x12's 16” OC which the architect deems suitable.

The sink does in fact back up to a utility sink in the laundry room adjacent to it, and the plumber was kind enough to install a couple release valves that I can use in the winter to drain the pipes.

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#13 posted 06-10-2020 10:30 PM

are any of those doors a frig by chance,ya gotta have a frig?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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wilschroter

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#14 posted 06-10-2020 11:24 PM

@pottz No fridge my friend! As it happens this area is directly next to our actual kitchen and bar, so there really wasn’t a lot of upside in fumbling through a randomly stocked fridge when we have the good stuff just a few steps away.

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#15 posted 06-11-2020 12:33 AM



@pottz No fridge my friend! As it happens this area is directly next to our actual kitchen and bar, so there really wasn t a lot of upside in fumbling through a randomly stocked fridge when we have the good stuff just a few steps away.

- wilschroter

ok that works mines about 60 feet from the house so way to far to go for a cold one-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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