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Tropical Patio Rebuild May 2013 Done!
Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-06-20 4:18 pm   Permalink

A fellow member of the Tiki Central family hired me to fix up a lounging area that was constructed a few years ago. The project would entail making a deck and re-fashioning an originally thrown together thatch style roof. I had no idea what the area or existing structure looked like. I had measurements of how far apart four 4x4s were and sent back a plan drawing in advance to iron out the details and make sure that what I envisioned was correct. We tweaked it slightly and I was able to come up with a complete set of materials that would be on site and painted prior to my arrival.
This is what it looked like when I showed up.

There was patio furniture and outdoor carpet that were removed prior to this picture
first thing I did was build a 8x8' deck under and around the existing structure

Hey! That tiki looks familiar. What's it doing all the way up here. That thing gets around. I saw it in Del Mar last week. Bay Park yesterday...Tomorrow? I think he found his home, finally.


I brought about a dozen pieces of bamboo up with me too. I didn't want to sit in traffic for the next three hours so I started to add bamboo facings to the wooden structure to kill a couple of hours. Looks like time well spent.

Then I started to get out of control and really have fun and I made this railing/fence thing

We were quickly running out of daylight. For the time being, we threw some 4x4' grass skirts on the roof until I go back in a couple of weeks to finish it.


Looks like it will be a cool place to hang out. Not bad for a day's work. Makes me wonder why I don't do more stuff around my place. Oh yeah, that's right...I'm poor. Oh well. At least I can look at the pretty pictures of something I made.
Coming soon: Chapter 2: Buzzy Raises the Roof (Yo, Yo!)
Builder Buzzy Out!

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hiltiki
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2006-06-20 6:03 pm   Permalink

Oh my Buzzy, you never seize to amaze me...It looks great, nice job. Can't wait to see the finished project.

 
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hewey
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From: Sydney, Australia
Posted: 2006-06-20 8:55 pm   Permalink

Looks pretty good for a days work man! Nice

 
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
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From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2006-06-21 11:08 am   Permalink

Buzz,

Are you cloned? First you are carving up all kinds of logs, now this?

Wow!


 
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Bamboo Boyd
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Joined: Apr 25, 2006
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From: Phoenix, AZ
Posted: 2006-06-22 5:02 pm   Permalink

Lookin' Good Buzzy! Love the bamboo fence and railing. Great Job!

 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-06-23 4:44 pm   Permalink

Bamboo Boyd: It's the highest honor, in my opinion, to be recognized for this effort by someone with "Bamboo" in front of his name.
McTiki: I had a clone. He couldn't keep up. I had to put him down. Now I'm looking into franchising myself. I already ordered 10, 000 "Buzzy" nametags.I'm optimistic about this venture.
hewey:Thank you very much. At one point, while I was doing this, when the breeze kicked in, I paused and I thought, "No way, this is work. This is too much fun to be work." And then I got back to having fun. It was a great way to spend a day.
hiltiki: I'm surprised you found this thread! Thanks for the continuing support in all my efforts.
TC family member that is having me do this:Picked up a pile of 12-15' bamboo poles today. Here were three pieces that I separated out from the bunch. Wanted to know if I should use these for the second phase of the project:


I thought the speckled look was neat and wanted to give you first crack at these. PM me.
More later...
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hiltiki
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Posted: 2006-06-23 5:13 pm   Permalink

Not that I am an expert at this kind of stuff or anything, frankly ask me anything about the latest fashion trends and I am there....but, I think the new 3 pieces would look ravishing in this structure. ( I am like a scud missile following Buzzy's develpments)...

 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2006-06-25 06:24 am   Permalink

Buzzy, you just DOn't Ever stop do you! Excellent stuff here too.

 
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-07-06 11:39 am   Permalink

Dear boss,
I saw this vase in a magazine and thought that you might like it. Tell me what you think

Super easy to make.
I'll post a couple more ideas later today(hopefully)
Buzzy
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-07-06 6:01 pm   Permalink

Dear Boss:
Here is a catalog of stuff I can get for you. Wanted you to see choices before we talk
4 foot by 8 foot woven mats for the ceiling. You will need two. Three styles available:


Either way you want the ceiling, let me know. We should talk about the decorative rope to tie the bamboo rafters on the ceiling together. I like the look of hemp rope, but the stuff at Home depot looks too manufactured. Cannot seem to find good, hand made looking rope around. Any ideas? What would YOU like?


If you want a grass ceiling instead:

4 foot by 4 foot sections available(you would need four for the ceiling-exactly like the ones you have now-but flat and brand new)



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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2006-07-11 8:16 pm   Permalink

Material plans and costs:




let me know...
Buzzy
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Tiki Duddy
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From: Manitoba, Canada
Posted: 2006-07-11 9:01 pm   Permalink

hey that is looking real good. i especially like the bamboo railing. hope it turns out just the way you want it to. good luck on the roof.
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-07-19 01:25 am   Permalink

Dear boss,
I picked up two ceiling mats and the bamboo for you today. Here is an idea for the ceiling. I was going to style it like the picture and use two different sizes of bamboo with the mats you picked out. Did you still want to tie the bamboo with rope? If so, we'll need to talk about getting some.

Interior ceiling idea:

I plan to split the bamboo so it will sit flush with the ceiling. The wide poles will be the speckled ones I posted a few back. The skinny ones will be typical.


As always, let me know...
Working late Buzzy out!
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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-07-28 4:05 pm   Permalink

Dear Boss:
Looking forward to finishing up this project this weekend. Before I come up, I want you to check out these bamboo panels/fences I picked up today:
3' tall x 4.5'

3 x 8'

4' tall x 3.5' wide

Want any of it?
Bargain Bamboo Buzzy Out!

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Bay Park Buzzy
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From: West Bay Park, San Diego, CA
Posted: 2006-08-01 6:19 pm   Permalink

I hoped to finish the second half of the project in a single day. The heat last week made me have to reschedule. On Sunday, I was able to get it done...
Started out the day by tearing down the existing roof and building an new, stronger and weatherproof frame. In this picture, you can really see how the original structure poles were not installed square. There were a couple of other limiting factors in this project's original construction that made for some interesting challenges. The goal was to do this as cheap as possible, so we just worked around the problem areas as best I could.

I hung mats for the ceiling...

The next step was decorating with the bamboo that I brought up

This is what I came up with to embellish the ceiling...



Next I built another bamboo railing. The pole in the middle was requested to hang things from. You'll also notice that I covered all of the original 4x4 poles with split bamboo strips.

If you think this looks like a place you might want to sit in, I did my job.


That's a rare mug...

I think I need one of these at my house. Too bad I cannot afford to hire myself...

This is a neat view through the canopy...It's like a cloister

The finished project


Custom made, hand sewn cusions were provided by project financier...

this was so much fun I can't believe it. I love the results. It shows me you can do a lot with a little bit of money. I hope more opportunities like this come up...

Dear Boss: Thank you so much for trusting me with this project. I'm glad you like it, and hope it will only get better with time. Enjoy your new patio,
Buzzy
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