Outdoor Redwood Kitchen (salvaged building materials)

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Project by SantaPaulaCraftsman posted 05-07-2012 05:11 PM 2682 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A contractor quoted me almost ten grand to build the ultimate outdoor kitchen and BBQ area. I have tools and wood skills, but not $10k. So I started collecting used, discarded and craigslist finds to build up my construction inventory.

The end result is a lighted, steel roofed outdoor area featuring hot and cold water, stainless sink, Corian counter tops, custom hanging panel wall, and premium grill for about $500 total. The 6th photo above is the ‘before’ picture.

The only thing purchased new was the redwood 2×4s. Everything else was scavenged and modified:
  • Corner redwood 4X4s left over from my treehouse project posted here a couple years ago – $0
  • Outdoor stainless commercial counter and sink from craigslist for $140
  • Counter top frames from left over redwood fence pieces- $0
  • Railing from redwood 2×4 and old wood closet rod
  • Corian countertops from a friend’s kitchen remodel. You can cut Corian with a table saw, router etc….any carbide blade- $0
  • Restaurant cafe table from craigslist for $25, corian top $0
  • Hot and cold water supply and drain in place from the previous owner’s outdoor shower- $0
  • Redwood and wire ‘hanging wall’ behind the grill made from discarded gravel screens from a local rock processor, cut to size with my circular saw and framed with ripped redwood 2×4s.
  • Lights from the local bargain center- $5
  • Grill from damaged merchandise wholesaler for $150 (retail $450). Wheels were broken.
  • Steel roof from friend’s shed project leftovers- $5 per sheet

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

12 comments so far

#1 posted 05-07-2012 05:17 PM

Great job and you saved a lot of money doing it yourself. This has more meaning than having someone else make it for you.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 05:19 PM

Oh, yeah! Excellent job!


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#3 posted 05-07-2012 05:21 PM

That is a very cool setup you got there!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 06:21 PM

Does the grill under a solid roof cause any issue?

Great re-use story btw.

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 08:31 PM

Nice work!
If that isn’t a good looking party area, I don’t know what is!

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#6 posted 05-08-2012 01:03 AM

Very Nice. The next BBQ party is at your place!! Thanks for sharing!!

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#7 posted 05-08-2012 01:44 AM

Excellent work, beats forking over 10K to someone else.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 01:42 PM

Nice job, Always better to do it your self. Save money and most times we can do a better job being we care.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 02:33 PM

nicely done you lucky s.o.g.

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#10 posted 05-08-2012 03:19 PM

What is hanging behind the grill? looks like you can hang items from it.


-- -Paul, South Carolina Structural Engineer by trade, Crappy Woodworker by choice

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#11 posted 05-08-2012 08:30 PM

PaulHWood, the 3rd photo is a closeup of 2 hanging wire panels. I put S-hooks for grill utensils but it’s mostly a decorative screen between the hedges and the grill.

Sirfatty, the open design doesn’t hold any smoke or heat to the roof when I grill, but the lighting definitely gets covered with oily soot.

-- Life so short, the craft so long to learn

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#12 posted 05-08-2012 09:13 PM

awesome area, well done, i really like those screens, such a basic idea but really add character to the project! yo should be proud!

-- making something from nothing, and making it your own... thats life.

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