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06-05-2018, 03:00 PM
Love this forum! Looking for some do's and don'ts. I'm going to add a covered structure near my current screened room. I want to make it 16'x20' or so in size. My goal is to have a large picnic table (i've got two kids and we are always outside) and room for my grills. I've got a 36" blackstone, a weber kettle, weber gas and a masterbuilt smoker. Just looking for some of the thing you loved that you did and anything that you wish you would have done different. I've included an idea of what I'm going to build. Thanks for any help!

06-05-2018, 03:43 PM
Well, the list could be endless! First question, what are you doing for the floor...concrete or dirt? I would suggest concrete so it is level and doesn't get muddy in the rain. A few other items:

Electricity, counter top for prep work, walls of some kind to block blowing wind/rain, waterproof storage, wood storage maybe. Someplace for trash! Ventilation for smoke...either a vent or extended smoke stack? Ceiling fans!

How is that for a start...I could go on all day....but I will leave you with the MOST important feature...

Beer Fridge!

06-05-2018, 04:05 PM
Yes I definitely plan on the electric and concrete floor.

06-05-2018, 05:05 PM
This is probably a useless suggestion but you may want to give consideration to where you will be putting fire extinguishers..

06-05-2018, 06:40 PM
Considering Audio?

06-05-2018, 07:28 PM
You may consider a solid wind break based on the prevailing winds.

06-05-2018, 07:31 PM
16x20 isn't going to be big enough if you stick around the Brethren. You will end up with 3 to 5 more outdoor cooking devices. Need an extra concrete pad to park you new smoker trailer. Don't forget the wood fire pizza oven.

Seriously though, storage to keep cooking fuel dry.

Monte Cristo
06-05-2018, 07:35 PM
I’m just here to say I love that pic. I’d take that in a heart beat.

06-05-2018, 09:12 PM
Always cheaper to build it bigger than to add on later. With two picnic tables and just a few guest want leave a lot of room to add more equipment later.
Would love too know what you decide. I am planning very close to the same type place myself.

06-05-2018, 09:22 PM
I started out wanting what's in the pic. Simple pole barn. It turned into a 12x18 garage on a 12x31 slab. I have a separate 12x14 screened gazebo with a table, chairs and benches. The garage is packed with cookers and charcoal. Plan for the future size wise. I wanted a 12x31 but city codes would not allow it. I make it work even though it's tight. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180606/ddbcd879dfd4af2b99bfae2b35bc62f6.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180606/69b94bbf891e67707b6acaa7095e2ea9.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20180606/76a74df7c4ec2b657656a2288479b45b.jpg

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06-05-2018, 09:30 PM
Super set up, Paul. Really nice. :thumb:


06-06-2018, 08:12 AM
Considering Audio?

Yep. My screen room is a seperate zone from my house. I will definitely add it to this area also. We cast music outside all the time.

06-06-2018, 08:38 AM
My screened room currently is 16'X20" and really close to where I want to add the covered area. We have a TV, furniture etc..I want to add the covered area in the lawn near the overhang section of my current patio. A 16'x20' size may change in size.