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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-05-06 5:56 pm   Permalink

Since putting a built-in pool in last summer my husband & I have been transforming our backyard into a tropical paradise. Last year we got the pool, added a big carved tiki and started adding cold hardy tropicals. In preparation for our build I scoured hundreds of posts here on Tiki central and got tons of inspiration. Please note that New Jersey is pretty much devoid of anything tiki so almost everything has been mail ordered. We're kind of going for a beach shack/ tiki bar theme but we're not truly tiki in all aspects, for that I apologize.

But since I really enjoy all of your builds I thought I'd share what we've been up to.

We started in the fall framing the hut, which has since been named the Gator Hut. "Gator" is the nickname of one of my sons. My husband named the bar he's going to build me "Lori's Tiki Bar" which so uninspired at least the hut's name is cool. We've begun with the hut and will hopefully build the bar next.

My husband, Jeff is the brains behind our build and I am his assistant. We started by digging and pouring footers then put the base frame (which we framed and built from scratch on our basketball court) on top of the footers with the help of our teenage boys. That thing was HEAVY!

Then we did the same thing with the walls and got those standing up, adding extra horizontal pieces for stability once it was up.

After the frame was complete we sided it with some exterior panels, I think they're called T-111 from Lowe's. It's already primed and when the weather gets a little warmer I'll be painting it almost the same color. Speaking of weather, the winter was really mild this year so we were able to work on the hut in December! Although you can't see it from below, the roof is just regular shingles.

In March we trimmed it out with vinyl fake wood and added a door faced in bamboo slats which I marine varnished.

Next up we brought electricity to the hut. We added a small scale palm weave to the ceiling which was WAY harder than I anticipated then hooked up a ceiling fan. The bronze sconce on the outside went up too.


We ordered a cedar Bahama shutter for ventilation and got that up. (It got marine varnished too.)

The last two weekends have been spent working on the walls. First we put up thin plywood (luan) as a backer then darker, wide palm weave on the top part of the walls and bamboo reed fencing on the bottom.


Next up is installing the homemade french doors my husband and I build for the side of the hut and get some bamboo trim up. I need to trim around the top of the walls, as a chair rail and around the doors etc. as well as figure out what to build and how exactly to construct a grid on the ceiling. I'll post more pictures as we progress but your suggestions and advice are always welcomed.
Thanks for looking!



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hang10tiki
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Posted: 2012-05-06 8:15 pm   Permalink

Your on your way
Have fun and keep postin those pics
Looks great so far...
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Posted: 2012-05-06 8:17 pm   Permalink

I agree....great start...looking forward to more pictures as your project blossoms.
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-06-04 08:53 am   Permalink

Update: We're close to being done with the Gator Hut and construction on the structure that will shelter my tiki bar should begin next weekend, We purchased a pergola type structure that is going to span a round concrete patio adjacent to our pool. Now for the progress photos:


we've painted the hut a tropical Carribean blue and started adding some masks and other decorations. We've also added french doors we built from scratch to one side and finished the reed and weave for the walls and trimmed out the doors and floors. Oh yeah, I forgot we added a wood laminate to the hut's floor too.


I am in the process of ordering some bamboo splits to finish trimming out the walls.
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Posted: 2012-06-04 8:19 pm   Permalink

Lookin great
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-07-09 5:54 pm   Permalink

Update 7/9/2012:

We had a graduation party last Saturday and really busted our butts to get the hut & bar done. It's been a long time since I've posted pictures and for that I apologize but it was pretty much non-stop work around here in the past 2 months or so.

We started the bar with a pergola kit:




And then bought some unfinished cabinets to start as the base of the bar itself.
Then framed out the bar around those cabinets, built a service bar and upper bar from wood:

Then I stained and varnished the bar tops and covered the front and sides of the bar with bamboo splits.


I was able to get a 5" diameter bamboo log split locally and we used that on the corners and across the front. Then everything got multiple coats of marine varnish.

My husband did a bang-up job with the electrical so after that was done I attached brown wired mini lights to the underside of the bar roof, added tiki string lights around the perimeter then hung a few glass floats, a wooden bird, a couple of wind chimes, a coconut head and the "crowning touch" the blowfish lamp I bought at Ohana!! And we also added thatch to the roof, which really made it look like a tiki bar.
Here's a few finished shots:





In the meantime the Gator Hut got bamboo trim on it's ceiling. I still need some more "stuff" for its ceiling but the walls are looking pretty good. I'll post pictures of the Hut later. In the meantime, thanks for looking!



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Posted: 2012-07-09 6:12 pm   Permalink

Wow...great job in a short time. Love the blowfish and your bar sign. Cheers
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jimsflies
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Posted: 2012-08-21 03:26 am   Permalink

Great job!

Is the thatch just around the edge, or is the entire roof thatched?

Got any more pics of the finished back bar area?

Is that hut you built first a changing area or chill out space? I think we need more pics of the inside.

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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-08-21 08:25 am   Permalink

Thanks for looking. The thatch is completely covering the bar's roof and it's artificial. The real stuff would get destroyed in our snowy NJ winters.

I'll take some pictures of the back of the bar today and the inside of the Gator hut. I bought some swag this weekend in Cape May. Nothing great but acceptable here in New Jersey where anything tiki is nearly non-existent.

Stay tuned.....
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Posted: 2012-08-21 5:20 pm   Permalink

You have created a very fun environment. Well done. Looks like a great place to relax and have a cocktail, or two.
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-08-22 07:07 am   Permalink

Littlegiles, thanks for getting me to take some new pictures. Here they are:


Bar from the back:


Inside the hut:







A close up of the roof thatch:

My tiki speakers, which I just love:


And a shot of the ceiling including my puffer fish I bought at Ohana at the Lake and the new metal shark we got last weekend down in Cape May.


thanks for looking!

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Posted: 2012-08-22 5:23 pm   Permalink

Great update. Love the backyard plants and atmosphere around the pool. A great tropical getaway in NJ.

Love the inside pics and i was really drawn to the old wooden shelves on the wall. Did you build those? They add a great feel to the room.

Thanks for the update!


 
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-08-23 08:45 am   Permalink

I'm proud to say that I built those shelves ALL BY MYSELF! They were stupid easy too. They're pallet shelves. All you need is a pallet in decent shape where the wider and narrower planks are lined up back to back. Then you cut those 2 pieces away from the rest of the pallet by cutting the supports. Then measure the width of the space in between those 2 pieces and cut 2x4s to fit the space. Then nail through the front and back to hold the new bottom of you shelf in place. (I used a nail gun.) Screw through the wider back piece into a stud and you're good to go. They're perfect for tiki mugs cause they're super safe up there and won't fall off! You can double up the 2x4s to raise the mugs up so you can see them more.

I'm sure my explanation made it seem WAY more difficult than it really was. Google "pallet shelves" for better directions. So cheap & easy.
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Posted: 2012-08-23 08:57 am   Permalink

Very cool shelves Lori, did you "distress" them somehow or you just started with aged pallets? The wholes setup looks great.
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LoriLovesTiki
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Posted: 2012-08-23 6:16 pm   Permalink

Mike,

They were made from pallets, as is, no distressing on my part.

Thanks for checking out my build,
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