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Tiki Bar/outdoors FL climate
Tiki Diva
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Joined: Aug 25, 2004
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Posted: 2006-02-16 08:14 am   Permalink

I would appreciate any assistance/advice regarding constructing a small tiki bar in my backyard. It would need to be suitable to FL weather, which in the summer is very wet. The bar would be sheltered, however I'd like some direction regarding materials that will hold up in the humidity. If anyone has been down this road before and has some "lessons learned" I would truly appreciate your tips prior to the design phase. Thanks!

 
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Chip and Andy
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Joined: Jul 13, 2004
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2006-02-16 10:53 am   Permalink



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TikiLaLe
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Joined: Feb 09, 2006
Posts: 891
From: Largo, Floriduh
Posted: 2006-02-16 1:00 pm   Permalink

http://im1.shutterfly.com/procserv/47b6dc35b3127cce9722c0a6fa5900000016100AZtWLZm2ZsWJg

We'll see how she holds up this hurricane season .... live and learn... Largo, Fl


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GatorRob
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Joined: Aug 20, 2004
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2006-02-17 06:05 am   Permalink

For those who aren't the build-it-yourself Bob Villa types (myself included), you can do what I did and buy a bar that is made to go outside. Mine looks like bamboo, but is really resin.



I know some people aren't partial to artificial materials, but hey, I want this thing to last. Mine is on my covered lanai, but still is subjected to plenty of Florida heat and humidity and occasionally gets rained on (when the rain is blowing sideways). It's easy to keep clean and should last a lifetime.


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Tiki Kev
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Joined: Feb 13, 2006
Posts: 19
From: PA
Posted: 2006-02-17 06:34 am   Permalink

Check out this site.. tons of pics, ideas and info
http://www.tikikev.com
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Tiki Diva
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Joined: Aug 25, 2004
Posts: 34
Posted: 2006-02-17 07:37 am   Permalink

Thank you to everyone. I hear you all! I'm glad y'all brought up hurricane season. The thing is that after Charlie ripped through central Florida, you saw all sorts of backyard decor out in the streets...including a large trampoline that ended up, high up, in a live oak. So, the idea of a resin bar, kept under cover might be the way to go...considering the weather and proximity to the ocean. Thanks so much everyone for your thoughts on this.

 
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GatorRob
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2006-02-17 7:19 pm   Permalink

About those pesky hurricanes... mine comes apart so that I can easily (with help) remove the top half. Then the whole thing can be moved to a safe location. Yeah, I personally would be real hesitant to poor too much love and sweat into a custom built outdoor bar in Florida only to see it possibly get damaged (or worse) in a hurricane. Many people do, but for my money, this was a good compromise.



 
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Tiki Diva
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Posted: 2006-02-18 6:38 pm   Permalink

Thanks...do you recall where you got yours? Thanks...

 
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Pyro
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
Posts: 100
From: Orlando, FL
Posted: 2006-02-18 7:34 pm   Permalink

seems everyone has a tiki bar now. Just saw this one at target.

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GatorRob
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From: 3 hrs 33 mins to paradise
Posted: 2006-02-18 8:39 pm   Permalink

Got mine at Leaders Casual Furniture in Orlando. Here's the site, but I don't see the bar on there anywhere. http://www.leadersfurniture.com. It's around $900 plus the stools.



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TikiLaLe
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Joined: Feb 09, 2006
Posts: 891
From: Largo, Floriduh
Posted: 2006-02-19 5:32 pm   Permalink

TikiDiva...

Let us know which way you go !!!!! TikiKev seems like he has an interesting book about tiki huts/bar, I myself have not read it.
Good Luck ...and don't forget to post pics !!!


 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-02-20 05:26 am   Permalink

I am a firm beleiver in using what I was taught to use while I lived on Guam for 4 years. Bamboo is tough stuff!!! So are palm fronds. I have modified the formula slightly because this structure will need to outlast me. I've been contructing mine now for over 2 years. I guess I have been sceptical of it's integrity (roof) until now. It has seen well over 90 MPH winds and multiple soakings and it stands firmly in place. It's made of larger scale lumber that is very well treated for outside exposure along with metal bindings/bracketry in the roof. I am now in the process of finishing the floor and the bar itself. I will thatch the roof when all is complete below. I'll post pics as well. Good luck

 
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TikiLaLe
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Joined: Feb 09, 2006
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From: Largo, Floriduh
Posted: 2006-02-20 11:11 am   Permalink

McTiki .... we look forward McPictures ..... aint this florida weather unreal !!!!!

 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-02-21 08:39 am   Permalink

It is sometimes unforgiving too. Yes, I will post many pics as I close in on "completed" The next part is easy enough, just need the time (and weather to cooperate) to do it.

 
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Chip and Andy
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From: Corner table, Molokai Lounge, Mai-Kai.
Posted: 2006-02-21 1:10 pm   Permalink



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