We build a lot of outdoor living spaces but this project was truly special and a one-of-a-kind design. The general idea was drawn out on a scratch piece of paper over a few beers, as most great ideas tend to conceptualize…
Getting the grain bin itself was a challenge at first. We tried getting an old one off Craigslist, which turned out to be a mistake, but we finally found a company that makes them and delivers out of Iowa called Grain Bin Gazebos (www.grainbingazebos.com). When it was delivered the panels looked like you could just pick them up easily, but they weigh approximately 130 lbs each. The total Grain Bin weighed approximately 3,000 pounds.
The Grain Bin selected had a 12 foot eave height and 15 foot diameter. We chose to pour a 20 foot by 20 foot concrete slab to ensure that you could easily fit the Grain Bin and enjoy the space surrounding it.
The Grain Bin panels were lifted into place with 2-3 guys and bolted by an additional crew member. The bolts were supplied from Grain Bin Gazebos and the panels were pre-drilled. For the bar area we simply just left out one panel.
The countertop was framed with treated plywood and flexible melamine to create the rounded edges. Then we poured a mixture of 3/4 concrete and 1/4 cement for smooth finish. It was reinforced with galvanized wire mesh. We left out the mesh near the grill and smoker because the wire could expand with heat and cause the counter tops to crack. While the poured mixture was drying, we applied dried cement and floated it into the counter tops to get a smooth finish without having to sand.
We used epoxy from stonecoatcountertops.com. Based on our research, they create the best mix for this application. We used the color “Slate Grey” Rustoleum Enamel added to the epoxy. The white and black swirls were powder colorant from stonecoatcountertops.com in the colors “Black Metallic” and “Pearl”. We followed all directions from the manufacturer and added our own touch with the color variations to our desire.
We added 4 inch by 4 inch steel legs under the bar for additional support and built a flat black steel stand for the Big Green Egg, using 1/8 inch sheet metal and 1 and 1/2 inch square tubing for the legs and frame. We then installed a Brahma 38 inch Bull Gas Grill. An XL Big Green Egg Smoker, and a Bull 20 inch 4.5 cubic foot under-counter refrigerator. The rock installed is called “Oklahoma Chop.”
The door was an antique find from a flea market in Fredericksburg, Texas. We cut the opening for the door as close to a floor anchor as possible for support. We built a custom frame in order to insert the door into a circular wall.
The dining room is made up of all recycled materials. The wood came from all over to make the pallet wall. Leftover siding from an old cabin renovation, cedar from a previous fencing project, disassembled old pallets from various places, and wood from some jobs that were going to be thrown out. Each piece was lightly sanded and sealed and some of the cedar pieces were stained to get the different color variations. Putting up each piece on the walls were somewhat of a puzzle because nothing was 100% level. The light or “chandelier” in the dining room were made from old wind turbines and we used metal piping to frame the light.