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lavish88
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Joined: Oct 23, 2015
Posts: 25
From: London UK
Posted: 2016-05-10 12:43 am   Permalink

Aloha from Weston Super Mare here in the SW of England , not exactly a Tiki hotspot so I decided to change that and here are the fruits our our labour so far.
The previous owner had let it all go to hell over the last 6 years including this hot tub/Sauna/bar area which by now was past redemption and a health hazard so it had to go.



After much hard work and digging out tons of concrete we got i back to something like a garden



Rita wanted a water feature and the idea was to turn this end in to a kind of secret garden



with cascading conch shells,ceramic Gaudi type structures etc which would have been lovely but then I had a rare moment of clarity...... TIKI BAR!
from then the idea snowballed and the plan was to build this spring to have it ready for summer , well the plan is on track despite the weather ,so here goes.I've been lurking here 6 months and finally have something to post .

I came up with this design based on practicality/budget etc ,We live close to the sea and the garden is very ,very windy at times so I figured a decorative thatch roof would take a battering so I went for the practical option and sloped it backward so as not to see any ugly roofing and spend more time and money on the interior ceiling - heres a rough sketch up of what fitted into the trapezoid shaped end of the garden.



Building Regs limit it to 98 " within 6 feet of a shared wall so that put a limit on height - its 97.99 inches high at the moment , in retrospect maybe it should have been lower but lets see when its finished.

First thing was Rita's idea of putting down a fake lawn which we did with the help of her grandson Dylan and his army of dinosaurs.



Then assembling the walls and bar front and finally the roof structure , was a bit tricky on my own levelling everything as it slopes 3 inches left to right and 2 inches back to front but managed it in the end.




As i'm doing this on my own a lot of the time things had to be in bite sized chunks so I split the roof into 5 panels which I was confident of fitting myself with underslung bracing etc and then to cover over the joins with bamboo poles .I added a bitumen sheeting roof and three coats of weatherproofing which was time consuming as it rained most days in April with the odd hailstorm for good measure.



I went up to Cheeky Tiki in London to choose the matting for the walls and ceiling and got their last two sheets of wide Lauhala which was what I wanted and after three days in the back of my car there were a few issues with getting it to flatten out but once rolled out and left in the sun this turned out fine.



I had Ritas help for a couple of days so we started with the small bits on the columns



Its the first time I've worked with it so was a bit nervous but it worked fine with spray contact adhesive and a roller to flatten out plus an excellent tip I found on here of putting duct tape on the back of the cutting line so it doesnt fall apart when cut.
Roof panels were cut and clad off site.



and then screwed in to the roof joists whilst the bamboo for the roof was being sanded, stained and burnt .I used a spirit based stainer and varnish in light oak and it turned out fine



Rita built a raised bed with sleepers and planted bamboo to add to the vibe , many more plans for planting , a friend also donated 20 bamboo poles, 5 inch diameter and 8 feet long so I'll use them in this space eventually.



I drilled the bamboo and fixed the front to back poles with 6 inch bolt screws and left them hanging down so I could lash on the underslung poles and then screwed the whole lot hard to the ceiling to hide the matting joins, I'm pleased with the result and it all went to plan.



I've added bamboo to the front and sides and am also staining up the back bar shelves and bar tops every day weather permitting .



Sadly work will take me away from all this fun for a few weeks but I'll try and update when I can .
As someone with basic woodworking skills and no experience of using bamboo/matting etc I really couldn't have got this far without Tiki Central.
Thank you all for the knowledge and inspiration.
Regards,
Mark.

PS The Lavish Lounge is a work in progress name , it will have to incorporate mine and Ritas when we final come up with something less obvious than 'Mark and Ritas Tiki Shack' ....no rush on that though.











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Yoshi
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Joined: May 08, 2016
Posts: 19
Posted: 2016-05-10 11:43 am   Permalink

Nicely done sir! I've also been toying with the proper name for my space. Have you looked at a Hawaiian to English translator?

 
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lavish88
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Joined: Oct 23, 2015
Posts: 25
From: London UK
Posted: 2016-05-10 3:25 pm   Permalink

Thanks Yoshi - i did look at a translation site but didn't run it past the other half , I will run a few things by her next week and try and design something in time for our opening in about a month.

 
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SufferinSimon
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Joined: Jun 15, 2003
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From: The Enchanted Isle of Dayton, Ohio
Posted: 2016-05-11 8:47 pm   Permalink

Looking good Lavish, keep the pics coming!

 
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lavish88
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Joined: Oct 23, 2015
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From: London UK
Posted: 2016-05-12 1:52 pm   Permalink

I managed to get a full day in today starting with the back of the bar , went for two cupboards to store barware etc , doors will be clad in bamboo so I'll start thinking about a pattern .



I also assembled the first part of the shelving which a friend routed for me in kit form so I'll play around with the configuration tomorrow.



And as the sun was going down couldn't resist a bit of fluffing.



More fun tomorrow and maybe a cocktail or two.....










 
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AdOrAdam
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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
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From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2016-05-12 2:20 pm   Permalink

Great space!

Love seeing what someone else in the UK does
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lavish88
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Joined: Oct 23, 2015
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From: London UK
Posted: 2016-05-13 2:39 pm   Permalink

Thank you SufferinSimon and AdOrAdam , I think we are in quite a small minority here in the UK Ad ?
Anyway I didn't achieve quite as much as I wanted today ,I'd bought a bamboo framed mirror months ago with the intention of incorporating it in the bar , mostly for reflections or lighting effects after sundown but I feel I got the proportions / placement wrong or it just didn't look right ,don't see many mirrors in Tiki Bars I guess ?



Maybe it should have been portrait rather than landscape ?

Anyway it didn't work so I blew it out .



Grandson's birthday party in our garden tomorrow so spent the last hour or so making it safe from 15 six year olds.

Good weekend to all.







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LoriLovesTiki
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Joined: Jul 03, 2011
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From: NJ
Posted: 2016-05-16 6:49 pm   Permalink

I like what you're doing and like "The Lavish Lounge." My husband named our bar "Lori's tiki bar." Clever, huh? We also have a hut which I named the Gator Hut after one of our kid's nicknames. I like it but it needs some more gators!

Keep the pictures coming, I love watching the progress.
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lavish88
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Joined: Oct 23, 2015
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From: London UK
Posted: 2016-05-17 12:55 pm   Permalink

Thanks Lori , progress has been slow the last few days but finally got around to fitting the bar top today , a job I'd been dreading as the 4x4 wooden posts didn't quite turn out symmetrical in relation to the bar so cutting the mitres was a nightmare given my pitiful skill set where joinery is concerned ,anyway I'm happy with the colour but had a change of heart regarding the front edge , it was to be large diameter bamboo but now think routed / burned motif may be better , all suggestions gratefully accepted.



Ta,

Mark.

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AdOrAdam
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Joined: Jun 16, 2013
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From: Wolverhampton, UK
Posted: 2016-05-19 06:26 am   Permalink

Ill echo your pains with mitring - it ain't easy.

I first did skirting about 7/8 years & ago - I used a lot of filler!

Having watched a professional do it more recently, I thought it was about cutting the wood as close as you can, shaving the last little bit off & gently tapping the wood into place.

I think it is... I'm slightly better for a bit of age & experience but I still don't have a pros knack.

I went to a few tiki bars & looked at the decor in preparation for doing mine - the skills on display aren't always better.

Don't beat yourself up, you are examining it close up - a guest to your bar will be wowed by the whole thing not the individual parts.

Still, if you can, use trim to cover the bits you don't like

The front of the bar looks great! I got my carved trim from Cheeky Tiki & it's pretty reasonable prices.

Keep up the good work!


 
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Kungaloosh
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Joined: May 18, 2016
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From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2016-05-20 8:54 pm   Permalink

Looking awesome so far!

 
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JackLord
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From: Washington, DC
Posted: 2016-05-21 06:06 am   Permalink

Pretty good. I can imagine Captains Bligh and Cook stopping in for a libation.

 
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VampiressRN
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2016-05-21 9:37 pm   Permalink

Great progress so far. You are wise about how to bring your vision to life. Looking forward to watching your progress.
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Tiki Roa
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Joined: Mar 12, 2016
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From: Hawaiki
Posted: 2016-05-25 5:41 pm   Permalink

Bad ass rum shack you limey bastard-cheers!

 
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lavish88
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Joined: Oct 23, 2015
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From: London UK
Posted: 2016-05-28 12:44 am   Permalink

Thank you all for the kind words , AdOrAdam,Kungaloosh,JackLord,VampiressRN,Tiki Roa .
I've put in a lot of hard work this week mostly on the back-stage stuff , guttering , gravity fed sink ,electrics etc etc all too boring to photograph but I am about to put on the first coat of two part lacquer on the bar top so lets see how that goes... photos to follow .



Regards,

Mark


 
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