A backyard bar is a great feature that can easily be added to any backyard to enhance entertainment space. You can build the bar on an existing surface like a pavement, soil or an existing patio. If you will be building on an area that does not have an existing base, please see the How-to Sheet #120Building Wall Panelsand How-to Sheet #220 Building Postsfor more information.
Step 1: Carefully Mark Off the Location for your DIY Outdoor Bar Decide the location of the bar. It is important to leave enough space behind the bar to accommodate the server.
Step 2: Build the First 2 Courses Using the patterns shown, set the blocks for the first 2 courses. Use theAB Dublin,AB YorkandCorner blocksto install the first 2 courses. The first course of blocks need to be installed with the blocks facing up (raised rings up). All of the 2nd course blocks should be installed with the blocks facing down (raised rings down). This is will create a flat surface for the next step.
On the 1st course of block a few extra adjustments will need to be made for the blocks to be properly spaced . An AB York block will need to be split in half and placed at the ends of the panels. Then two corner blocks will need to be cut to match up with the second course to a length of 22.5 in. Learn more about cutting and splitting blocks.
Step 3: Install the Bar Foot Rest With the 2nd course finished, the foot rest can be then installed. Using a solid outdoor material that is available in multiple sizes, install the foot rest as shown. In this example individual flat concrete slabs were used. Use a masonry adhesive to secure the foot rest slabs to the course above and beneath the foot rest. Place the panels with a minor overhang over the blocks face to build the foot rest.
Step 4: Place the 3rd & 4th Bar Courses Using the patterns shown for the 3rd and 4th course, install the next 2 courses. Remember to use masonry adhesive to secure the 3rd course to the foot rest. This time course 4 will need to be installed upside down to accommodate the shelf installation in Step 5.
Step 5: Install the Outdoor Bar Shelf As completed in Step 3, using the same material in larger pieces, install a shelf area for the bar. Use masonry adhesive to attach to the course below in Step 3.
Step 6: Install Additional Courses to Outdoor Bar Using the patterns, install the final 3 courses. Course 5 and 6 can be installed right side up (raised rings up), with course 7 being installed upside down (raised rings down) to create a flat surface for the counter top to be placed on. Remember to secure Course 5 with masonry adhesive to the top of the shelf pieces below.
Step 7: Install Outdoor Bar Countertop Using the same material used for the foot rest and shelf, install the countertop. To determine the proper overhang preset the countertop pieces. Adhere one of the end panels in place using masonry adhesive such as SRW. Place extra blocks on top of the countertop to hold it in place while the adhesive sets up. Next, continue installing the countertop by placing the center and end panel. Be sure to use extra clamps and (if needed) to hold the countertop in place while the adhesive cures.
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Mark the layout and begin building the first course(s)
Install the foot rest and stack the next two courses
Install the shelf
Build the next two courses
Add the Countertop
Approximate Dimensions: The dimensions for this bar are 71.5 in. wide and 22.5 in. deep 7 courses high, depending on the application. This example shows the installation steps for a 7 course high bar with the first course placed on a level gravel base prior to the installation of the patio.