Barbeque Island and Firepit with Seating area (in the Southwest this is called a Banco) - Fine Homebuilding

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Barbeque Island and Firepit with Seating area (in the Southwest this is called a Banco)

comments (3) May 31st, 2010 in Project Gallery
Planer1 Planer1, member

Barbeque Island and Firepit with Banco
Barbeque Island
Detail of the top of the Barbeque Island
Firepit with Banco
Detail of Seating area on the Banco
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Barbeque Island and Firepit with Banco


My wife and I designed this backyard project.  The back of the island and the Banco are designed to reflect the southwestern character of our Santa Fe style home. I built the 10' x 10' island using metal studs and backerboard covered with stucco. I used the metal studs for two reasons: first, I am comfortable working with wooden studs, and second, I have the tools to work with studs and backerboard, a circular saw and a jig saw equipped with metal cutting blades. The studs were set at 12" centers except for the elevated eating area where they were set at 6" centers. The backerboard was screwed and glued in place with liquid nails. The tile were cut with a tile saw. I added 4 low voltage lights for night time ambiance, a 120 volt Halogen light to see what I was burning on the grill, and 2 120 volt outlets on the top of the island. There is a small refrigerator for all your favorite beverages, and a Jenn-Air grill and side burner complete the island. 

 I built the Banco using fence blocks (a 4"x16" concrete block), 1/2" concrete board for the seat. metal lath, and stucco. The seating area is covered with 16"x24" travertine pavers 1 1/2" thick. I first cut the pavers into 8"x24" pieces and then trimmed the individual pieces to fit the circular seating area as shown in the detail photo #5. I hired a crew to install the travertine pavers in the Versailles pattern on the patio areas. I think I used over two thousand screws to hold these two projects together, a lot of liquid nails and stucco. 


Design or Plan used: My own design
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Comments (3)

BillRobin BillRobin writes: Super Job... live in Albuquerque, N< and looking to do something similar... maybe a 3/4 circle. Did u have plans drawn out on these or just in your head? Thanks Bill

Posted: 1:51 pm on July 6th

Planer1 Planer1 writes: As a side note, I had never done any project of this kind or magnitude. I hadn't worked with either concrete blocks or metal studs, but both projects worked out just fine.
Posted: 2:58 pm on May 31st

Planer1 Planer1 writes: The Banco is built on a 12' diameter circular patio and measures 19' long along the back and 13' long along the front
Posted: 2:48 pm on May 31st

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