Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion

This heavy timber-framed pavilion is located in Woodstock, Georgia, at a private residence.   Design started in the fall of 2011 with the owner providing me with minimum design criteria consisting of a 30’X24′ rectangle, a list of kitchen equipment and a photograph of a timber-framed pavilion photo he had found on-line.

Foundation Walls (Spring 2014)
Foundation Walls (Spring 2014)

We settled on a plan with an added cantilever off the back so they could watch their children on the basketball court and enjoy the view.  The structure was to be located on a steep slope at the edge of the pool so the services of both a soils and structural engineer were procured.  Large helical piers were drilled through the slope to support the structure near the pool and a large “H” shape foundation was built to prevent the pool from pushing the new pavilion down hill.

3D Timber Frame Design
3D Timber Frame Design

Originally the heavy timber frame was to be pre-engineered, manufactured in North Carolina and then delivered and assembled on site.  This required designing each member to get the look we were after and involved several iterations of three-dimensional design layouts.  After the contract was awarded, it was determined that a craftsman would build the frame on-site using mortise and tenon connections.

Original Design 2012
Original Design 2012

The owner put the project on hold for a year and a half and construction began last spring and took approximately 8 months.  It includes a large gas grill, side burners, several warming trays, dishwasher, wine cooler, refrigerators and more.

Below are photographs of the finished project.  This is one of those projects that I am very proud of being involved with….

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CONTRACTOR: Heck and Company
(Photography by WJM Photography)