How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen
Dine out with a beautiful outdoor kitchen. A DIY Outdoor Kitchen made with AB Courtyard Collection can easily be added to your home’s backyard. You can build it on an existing surface like a patio or pavement, as well as on soil. If you will be building in an area that does not have an existing patio or pavement, see How-to Sheet #120 Building Wall Panels and How-to Sheet #220 Building Posts for more information.
Option 1: For a Standard Gas Grill
The dimensions for this example outdoor kitchen are 6.5 ft. wide and 5.5 ft. deep. This illustration shows the installation steps for a seven block course high bar area with a 6 course high grill area, built on an existing patio surface. The grill used in this example is 30 in. wide and 28 in. deep with a height of 4 ft.
Step 1: Select the Best Location Determine the location of the kitchen. Remember to leave enough space around the kitchen area to accommodate for the grilling chef and any additional seating for guest. Then draw a guideline using tape where the wall panels of the kitchen will be constructed.
Step 2: Arrange the First Course
Begin by laying out, the first course of blocks as seen in (Pattern 1). Use a square to line up the blocks to ensure your corners are square. We will need to split a AB York Block and an AB Dublin Block for this course. Keep the second half of the AB York to use on the next course. So that the blocks match up on the end (Figure 1) a corner block in this pattern will also need to be cut at an angle. Learn more about splitting and cutting blocks. Don’t worry it is easier than it sounds!
Step 3: Set the Second Course As seen in Pattern 2, begin laying out the second course. Then remove the raised rings and split two AB Dublin center-split blocks. Please refer to (Pattern 2) for placement of the blocks. Removing the raised rings will create a smooth surface for the next course to be placed on top of. Retain, any additional pieces left over they will be used when this pattern repeats.
Step 4: Carry On Stacking Courses Continue with block courses by repeating Steps 2-3 until the desired height is achieved. Note, in this example the wall panel behind the grill is one course lower than the bar area panel to allow for movement of the grill hood (Figure 2).
Step 5: Top with a Countertop Once you have reached your desired height, finish with a countertop. Select a countertop material to fit your taste and home. This example shows concrete slabs cut to size for the countertop. Carefully place your countertops and check for level. Shims may be applied if adjustments are needed. Lock the countertops in place with masonry adhesive, such as SRW. Set your grill into place and you are ready to BBQ!
**NOTE: A bigger opening will be required if your grill is a larger size than the one in this example. To increase the width of the grill area opening, simply add additional Yorks, Dublins and or split blocks to your wall to enlarge the grill space. The minimum increment you can increase your width by is approximately 4 in.
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