Home Decor, Building an Outdoor Kitchen


Back in October, HHjr and I started talking about building an outdoor fireplace…

He has a residential remodeling business, and even though his talented crew can do just about anything, they mainly do kitchen and bath makeovers, and tile installations.  The fireplace was not something he was interested in doing, so I contacted a local hardscape company.  Even though we met with them right away and discussed what we wanted, it took several weeks of calls and emails before we got a bid.  We decided to get several other landscapers to bid for comparison but had no luck, no action…

Finally in December HHjr declared, “I’m just going to build it myself!”

“Yay!” I was shouting in my head, as I really wanted him to do it all along

“This way, we can design it as we go, and get exactly what we want” he said, “plus business slows down in December as no one wants their home torn up during the holidays, so it will keep my guys busy.”


And to us, it is!




It started with an idea, and a couple of rough sketches




Digging the foundation






Pouring cement





Building the foundation





Assembling the fireplace kit




Rain delays actually gave things time to set and cure





Next came the foundation for the pizza oven





The fireplace and the littles got dressed for Christmas





The day after Christmas the cement slab base for the pizza oven went in





Assembling the pizza oven kit





The oven kit and the fireplace kit were like large cement legos,

the kits are designed to ensure the finished structure will be safe,

they have curved stones that guide the smoke up the chimneys

and not out into the patio






A box was built to enclose oven so that it could be covered in stone




Pizza oven chimney foundation




Time for the stone,

it was fascinating watching them figure things out





The Big Green Egg is surrounded by a stone counter with plenty of space to set platters, tools or the chef’s beverage 😂




Some days were pretty miserable, either wet or cold





Mantels were cut from leftover stone, cemented in place, with wood supports until cement dried

Now it was ready for finishing the hearth and grouting the stone





All done!




Close up of the fireplace



Close up of the pizza oven



Big Green Egg station



First fires to break it in slowly



We are hoping to have pizzas any day now!

Juicy Details

fireplace kit/Firerock

pizza oven kit/Cuore Wood Fired Ovens

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I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Dishing it & Digging it,   Between Naps on the Porch,

Merry Monday   Make it Pretty Monday    Celebrate and Decorate,

Delicious Dishes Recipe Party   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

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Weekend Potluck   Sweet Inspirations   Happiness is Homemade

59 Responses to “Home Decor, Building an Outdoor Kitchen”
  1. What a terrific project Jenna! I know you’ll be cookin’ up some incredible meals out there. Enjoy!


  2. Nancy Sharp says:


  3. Rita C. says:

    Wow, Jenna! How amazing is that?! I love how you decorated it, even in the sketches. That’s definitely going to be a game changer for you & HHjr. How fortunate you were to be able to work with him on getting this project completed.

    • We have had so much fun, well I had fun and he had alot of work, but it turned out so fantastic! He has lots of recipe ideas already, planning on a lot of iron skillet dishes in the pizza oven besides just pizza, yum!

  4. That is just fabulous!! You are going to enjoy outdoor dining for years to come. Plenty of spots for multiple chef’s beverages, LOL!!!

  5. Sharon Mann says:

    Brilliant, can’t wait to see what you produce now.

  6. Nancy says:

    Wow! All that hard work has paid off! Fabulous my friend! Absolutely fabulous!
    I can smell the pizza already!

  7. pattyanneart says:

    Wow, it is gorgeous!!!
    Can’t wait to see some of the fabulous meals you make out there.

  8. I am both totally impressed and completely knocked out by this massive project. Kudos to all! And no one deserves it all that a wonderful cook! Bravo!

  9. Betty Butkiewicus says:

    WOW, so happy for you. It looks great, enjoy.

  10. Kim Burdette says:

    Wow! Just wow! HHjr did a wonderful job. Does he work on the coast?

  11. Rosie M. says:

    Bravo to everyone involved in this project!! It’s sure to bring hours of enjoyment and great meals!

  12. Jodi says:

    It’s so beautiful, and will be so much fun to cook on and hang out around! Love seeing the grandies 🙂 <3 ENJOY all of it and all of them!!!

  13. thefrenchhutch says:

    AWESOME!!!!! What a great job Jenna, your son and his crew made your dream come true! I love looking at each step of the way and how you dressed the new addition for the holidays. Your adorable grands I’m sure can’t wait to make their own pizzas. I think it looks fabulous on your back patio and you’ll love the fireplace as well. Our son has a fireplace and they love it and use it for cooking hotdogs. Fun family time making memories. I couldn’t be happier for you. Enjoy……..

  14. Mary says:

    How thrilling your outdoor kitchen is finished Jenna, it looks great! I’d be having pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner!! It looks like you thought of everything, especially a spot for the Chef’s beverage 😉 You’re so fortunate to have a son in the business. I see lots of pizza parties in your family’s future. ♥

    • He’s got big plans for cooking all kinds of things…I may not ever have to cook again! Thanks Mary, food or no food, it is going to be a wonderful spot to relax with family and friends

  15. Jenna, how fabulous it looks! I can smell a wood fire pizza right now. I know that you and HHjr will enjoy it so much! How wonderful to have a son to work with on this project and get it exactly the way you both wanted it!

  16. debra cantales says:

    Kudos to your son and his crew for taking on the project and doing a FANTASTIC job!! I can’t wait to see the pizzas!!

  17. Lorraine says:

    That’s fantastic! What an amazing piece of craftsmanship! It looks wonderful with the fires lit inside. Wow!

  18. Kitty says:

    Oh Jenna, the outdoor fireplace, pizza oven, and built-in green egg, is a work of art!! Your son and his crew worked their magic and soon you’ll be making pizzas and grilling and smoking meats. I know you’re thrilled and proud of your son’s work. However, your pretty design started it all. The littles look so cute in their Christmas attire, too.

  19. Vicki says:

    Beautiful!! Great job with your designing and Ryan’s business building! Can’t wait to see it in person!

  20. Karen says:

    Fantastic! I know that you are thrilled that your son decided to take on the job and what a job it was. I know the two of you can’t wait to start cooking outdoors once all the cold weather is behind you.

  21. It looks absolutely stunning! Anytime you want to keep those men busy send them to my house to build me one. They did a fantastic job!

  22. Linda says:

    Pretty amazing Jenna. I have always wanted an outdoor fireplace and pizza oven. I think it’s great your son took on the project. You paintings and sketches are perfect. What a treat to be able to sit outdoors and stay cozy. and cook.

  23. Hope Smitherman says:

    What a glorious space! I’m sure y’all will enjoy it in all seasons.

  24. Ricki Treleaven says:

    Everyone must have a Big Green Egg station! i love how pretty it turned out…. you will love it, and I can’t believe they were able to finish considering we’ve had such awful weather!!!
    Let us know the first meal you cook in your new outdoor kitchen. BTW we tried to figure out how to cook pizza in the Big Green Egg, and we fail every single time!

    • I know, it was brutal working in those conditions but Ryan was determined to get it done! He has already baked cornbread in the pizza oven, hoping to experiment with pizzas this weekend.

  25. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, this turned out perfect! You are going to enjoy this space so much! I can’t wait to show this to Mr. Bleu…he is dreaming of building one of these soon.

  26. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow!! This turned out spectacular!! 🍕👍❤️ I saw a photo on IG and was so happy to see the photo of the finish! Happy for you, Jenna! 💗 I look foward to some great pizza recipes from you! 👍

  27. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, wow you two worked so great together and have your beautiful outdoor kitchen. I love that you have a handy son and was able to make what you drew out. I know you will make some great food out there. Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J&J. Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo

  28. diy180 says:

    What a blessing to have a talented husband. Woo Hoo! I am loving your outdoor kitchen and the pizza oven is amazing. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. You are one of this Sunday’s features. Have a great weekend.

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