We remodeled our kitchen about 5 years ago and love every inch of it – in fact we don’t have one regret. But in doing so, we added about 5 feet out which of course caused the back yard to become a wasteland. We lived with it about a year, couldn’t decide what to do so we put down pavers and now love them as well. Here’s what it currently looks like:
And as great as it looks (and we really like it a lot) we always talked about building an outdoor cooking area, and now it’s time. And it should be a glorious time at that, except for me being neurotic about everything. Here was one of the conversations I had about it with my wife Kelly:
Kelly: “Just pick a grill and be done with it”
Me: “Just pick a grill, like I’m picking out a t-shirt to wear?
Kelly: “Yes, it should be simple”
And it would be, but nothing is simple in my head. I have so many questions…
- How do I want to work out there?
- What pieces of equipment do I want?
- Where do I want the pieces to be?
- Should there be a sink and what about a fridge?
- Is the design focus personal use or do I consider shooting TV out there?
- How about an icemaker? (we’re big cocktail people and seem to always run out when we have a gathering)
- Should you be able to sit at counters all around?
- And if so, chairs? Stools? A bench?
- Covered or not covered?
T-shirt my ass, this is nowhere near simple.
And before you accuse me of whining over my first-world problems, just know I’m not the only person to go through this process. And whether you’re deciding on a simple bbq, a smoker vs a charcoal grill or a full blown kitchen - decisions need to be made. But the process has begun nonetheless and I am getting excited.
So stick close to this blog and follow my nonsense, I mean my progress. And thankfully the great folks at SYSTEM PAVERS have been quite patient with my mind changing every couple of hours. “No, let’s put that here, I mean over there, I mean wait a second I have another idea…” Did I say great folks? I meant Saints.