Archive | July, 2012

Diy brick berbeque plans

24 Jul
Diy brick bbq plans

Diy brick bbq plans

Building a brick bbq in your garden is one of the best option you have,  if you like to spend time with your friends, especially during the hot summer afternoons. In addition, if you are the kind of person that likes to trough a party from now and then, a brick barbeque and a large patio are the tings you need to entertain your family and friends. If we also consider that any American loves good barbecues, you should take up the plunge and build a barbeque in your backyard by yourself. Choose the right outdoor barbeque plans for your needs and budget, before starting the job by yourself.

Although a diy bbq project might seem a very complex job, we can assure you it’s just a straight forward task. Just choose the plans with lots of attention, buy proper materials and select the location according to the building codes. Even if you might think that such a small project doesn’t require a building permit, it is always better to be rather safe than sorry. Go to the local department and ask them the legal requirements regarding the construction of an outdoor brick barbeque. In most of the cases, you have to comply with a few requirements, like the depth of the foundation or the distance you have to leave from the property line.

We also recommend you to consider building a large patio to the brick barbeque. A large patio is a great place to set a table with several chairs. Plan these aspects to the littlest detail, before getting the job started. In this manner, you would be able to trough parties and to ask your friends to come by at a nice barbecue. A barbeque should also come with a nice design, as to make it one of the focus point of your backyard.

A bbq requires special maintenance, therefore you have to know what to expect before starting the project by yourself. Similarly, a wooden pergola and a patio should be cleaned regularly, using appropriate products. In addition, if you want to protect the wood from wood decay and water damage, apply several coats of paint every 3 years or so.


Brick pit plans

Brick pit plans

The construction of the diy barbeque plans shouldn’t be difficult for an amateur handyman, if you use the right plans and materials. First of all, you need to pour the concrete foundation and let it to dry out properly for 94  hours.  Afterwards, you could begin laying the regular bricks into place. Therefore, you should prepare a small quantity of mortar in a rubber bucket and spread it on the foundation, using a small trowel. In order to glue the bricks together properly, you should  tap them gently with a rubber mallet.

If you really want to get an unique design, you could also build a wooden shelter above the barbeque. Work with good judgement, in order to obtain a neat look and a professional job.

You need to install the metal braces into place, before the concrete dries out, as they will support the barbeque grill. Work with attention and with great care, if you want to get the job done like a pro. Nevertheless, if you don’t have enough time or expertise in the field to start such a complex project by yourself, we recommend you to buy a good diy kit. The kit comes with step by step instructions, therefore you could install the parts together easily.

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Outdoor Pergola Plans

19 Jul

How can a pergola help you

Outdoor pergola plans

Pergola classic design

Generally speaking, if you like to spend time in the garden with the loved ones, a pergola would be an excellent place to relax, take dinner or have endless discussions. Nevertheless, taking into consideration pergolas come in a large variety of shapes and designs, you should start with the basic aspects related to this type of constructions. On one hand, you could build a beautiful patio pergola (free standing pergola), while on the other hand you could attach it to your house. Irrespective of your choice, you should plans everything from the very beginning, starting with the plans, materials and tools required for the job.

Firstly, you have to choose the right patio pergola plans for your needs, tastes and budget. If you search on the internet you can find a large amount of pergola plans, either free or in exchange of a small fee. The plans should come with a complete list of the wooden components required for the job, as well as the metal hardware needed for the task. It is essential to know the size of the components from the very beginning, otherwise you won’t be able to make an estimate or to build the all the components at once.

Don’t forget to go to your local building department to ask information about your project. While in certain cases you don’t need a building permit, there are situations in which you need to comply with several legal requirements when selecting the location of the pergola or when installing the posts into place.

Outdoor Pergola plans

Attached Pergola Plans

Pergola attached to house design

After you have selected the location for the pergola, you have to focus on the design of the outdoor pergola, such as selecting the materials, the size of the beams and the way you cut the ends of the shade elements. Even if these seem like minor aspects, we can assure you that the little details account for a significant role on the final design of your pergola. Work with great care and make sure you involve the rest of your family in this preliminary stages, if you want to obtain a results that fits the tastes of your loved ones.

On the other hand, you could build an attached pergola plans, if you want to enhance the look of your house and too add character to your backyard. Moreover, from our own experience, we can say that a pergola attache to your house is easier to build and costs a lot less, as compare to a free standing constructions. Nevertheless, this doesn’t make it a straight forward job, as you still have to anchor a wooden ledger to your house (drive in several bolts in the house framing) and attach the shade elements.

A pergola that covers your porch or deck is a practical construction, as it expands the living space of your house. Just image yourself taking dinner every afternoon, surrounded by grass, trees and singing birds.  If you want to get the job done in a luxurious manner, you could cover the pergola with poly-carbonate sheets and install several lattice panels. In this manner, the plans could climb the pergola, providing a nice cozy, shaded place to read a good book or to take a nap, in the summer days.

Although building a pergola might seem an expensive addition, it will generally raise the value of your property and bright up your mornings. The good new about this project is that it can be completed in just a few weekends, if you buy the right materials and work with good judgement. In addition, if you select the right plans for your needs, it should be a straight forward job, even for inexperienced handymen.

A pergola is a great opportunity to increase the value of your property and to impress the loved ones. Nonetheless, you should follow a tight schedule and plan everything from the very beginning. If you follow these rules, building a pergola is a complex project that can be done by anyone.


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Wooden Table Plans Free

14 Jul

Wooden Table Plans Free

Outdoor chair plans

Outdoor chair plans

Outdoor table plans would enhance your patio, especially if you like to spend you time together with your friends and family. Taking into consideration the high price of outdoor tables, you could get the job done by yourself and get an unique design, that fits your needs and  tastes. If you know the basic woodworking techniques and use proper materials, you could obtain a professional result.

Go to several lumberyards and ask an estimate for the needed materials and choose the best offer in terms of money and quality. If you will place the table in your backyard, buy lumber designed for this task, such as cedar, redwood or pressure-treated lumber. After you get the job done, apply several coats of varnish or paint, to protect the wood from wood decay or water damage.


  • 4×4 Lumber – for the legs
  • 2×4 Lumber – aprons
  • 1×6 Lumber – top of the table
  • 3” screws


  • Circular saw
  • Router
  • Sander
  • Drill machinery
  • screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Spirit level
  • Handsaw

Top Tip:

  • Round the edges of the wooden components with a router and a 1/4” bit
  • Sand the wooden surfaces with a sander, using first 120-grit sandpaper and last fine-grit sandpaper
  • Measure the lumber several times, before cutting the components with a circular saw

Building A Wooden Table

If you want to get a neat look, you could use butt joints, even if they are quite a complicate task. Nevertheless, you could get the job done as a professional, by using a jigsaw, a drill and a hammer. Work with great care and with good judgement, making sure you pick the lumber that is straight and knot-free. Check the wooden boards before buying them, otherwise you might not be satisfied with the end result. You should also consider adding outdoor bench plans to your deck or patio, to enhance the look of your garden.

Outdoor table plans

Outdoor table plans

First of all, you have to build the wooden legs of the table, from 4×4 lumber. Measure the 30” long legs and cut the components with a circular saw. Smooth the cut edges with a sand block, in order to get a nice appearance.  With the legs cut,  you have to install the 2×4 aprons into place. Plumb the legs with a spirit level and lock the components together with screws. In order to get the job done like a pro, you should pre-drill holes, before inserting the 3” screws.

Continue the project by installing the stretchers into place, making sure it is flush with the four leg of the table. Cut the boards that form the top of the wooden table  and install them into place with decking screws. Countersink the head of the screws and fill the holes with wood putty. Sand the wooden surface with am orbital sander and apply several coats of varnish or protective paint.

If you want to complete the woodworking project in a professional manner, hide the edges of the boards, by installing 2×2 trims. Nevertheless, you could also round the edges of the slats with a 1/4”, if you don’t want to fit 2×2 trims into place.

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Diy pizza oven plans

3 Jul

Building a diy pizza oven

Building a pizza oven

Building a pizza oven

Building an outdoor pizza oven plans in your garden is one of those projects that would change dramatically the look f your backyard and add value to your property. You have probably seen many pizza oven plans and designs, therefore you have a large variety of projects to choose from. Nevertheless, there are many issues that might come up during the construction process, if you don’t pay attention to the main steps and don’t use the right tools.  The best part of the construction process is that you can get the job done in a professional manner, even if you don’t have expertise in the field.

From our own experience we can say that anyone can learn the basics about  building an outdoor pizza oven, if  you follow this step by step article. Work with good judgement and plan everything from the very beginning. One of the biggest mistakes that can be done is to underestimate the importance of the planning phase. You should either buy professional plans, that come in exchange of a small charge, or you could search on the internet free plans. Moreover, encourage your family to come up with creative inputs and try to harmonize them in a beautiful project.

Building a brick oven using diy plans

Outdoor pizza oven

Outdoor pizza oven

After you have the plans that satisfy your needs and budget, you should select a location that comply with the local building codes. There are many legal requirement that regulate many aspects of the construction, such as the size of the shed, the depth of the footing and the materials used. We strongly recommend you to consult the specialists in the building department, before starting the actual project.

On the other hand, there are several tools and materials you have to use in order to work like a pro. Therefore, you should know that you need a wet saw, a tape measure, a concrete mixer, a miter saw and safety gloves. If you don’t afford to buy these tools, we recommend you to rent them for a few days.

The location of the pizza oven influences the success of any project, therefore you have to study the matter thoroughly. Make sure the location complies with the local building codes. Moreover, the pizza oven should be placed near your house, near a large patio or deck. If you really want to impress your friends, you should add a barbeque, an outdoor stove, several wooden cabinets and stainless steel appliances.

Buy the materials required for the job, from your local diy store, using the lists that comes with the free pizza oven plans. In order to get the best offer, we recommend you to ask estimates from several stores and to choose the best products in terms of quality and money. The bricks should be in a good condition, meaning they shouldn’t have cracks or other visible flaws. Store the materials in your shed or on a horizontal surface, otherwise they might get damaged over time.

Building an Outdoor Pizza Oven

Outdoor bbq plans

Outdoor bbq plans

First, you need to pour a sturdy concrete foundation, otherwise the construction might surpass over time. Dig 10” in the ground, install a wooden form and a reinforcing net, before pouring the concrete. Let the concrete dry out for a few days and afterwards continue the project.

Building the base of the outdoor pizza oven plans is a straight forward process, if you use the right materials and tools. Place the concrete blocks on the foundation and build the walls, from concrete blocks. Mix a small quantity of mortar and spread it on the blocks, before laying the rest of the concrete bricks. Afterwards, build a wooden form and pour the concrete counter-top.

Last but not least, you have to build the brick dome and install the chimney. Work with great care when laying the bricks and adjust their size, with a wet saw, if needed. The chimney is high enough to direct the smoke far away from flammable substances and wooden constructions, to prevent potential issues. You could also add an insulation over the brick dome, using a mix of concrete and vermiculite.

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