Well, hello again. Its been a year since my last post and it’s time to wind things down and show some photos of my final installment at the Villa, -the outdoor kitchen that began over a year ago. As you know, things can take that long to build in Panama but mostly it’s been my own fault for not staying on top of the tradesmen who could finish the job and also some of my own shortcomings with regards to trusting people to get the job done. The details of this installation are far too important to me and the final finishing I left for myself to complete.
You can see the timbers that were installed over the two walls at each end. Obtaining this wood in Panama took more than 6 months. One of the walls is designed to look like it was a remnant of a much older building that may have been here at one time and the other wall is a Spanish Colonial design that also acts as a wind break against the Northerly wind. I chose to install antique stressed wood ceramic tiles that give the floor an appropriate vintage look without having to use real wood that would buckle under tropical conditions.
I installed the Argentinian Parilla components that originated from California where I had sent specs to manufacturer who in turn custom-built and then sent that load to Canada where I packed all the pieces into my shipping container. It was not a difficult install due to the planning that began a couple of years ago to ensure all the parts would fit into the stone fire-box we had built last year. The special fire bricks and mortar that must be used in order to withstand the high heat were also trucked in from out of the country.
The chimney has its stainless steel Spanish military hat that spins with the direction of the wind to keep the wind and rain from traveling down the chimney. I really like the the look of it.
On a previous buy, I had an entire skid of imitation wood board made from composite and recycled plastic shipped to the Villa from Illinois. I previously used that material to make the shutters and barn doors and the material looks as good as when I first installed it last year. I took some of the scrap pieces that I had left over and fashioned doors to the front of the counters and built shelves inside. This material does not warp, fade or rot so it is perfect for this application.
I still have a stainless steel four burner Gaggeneau gas stove and deep fryer to be installed but that will have to wait for my next trip. For now the Weber BBQ with the side burner fits into that space nicely and will suffice.
The copper doors were purchased at an antique store and they were previously used as fire doors from a fireplace probably from the 60’s or 70’s. They are very heavy and I drilled and installed them on the steel surround inside the firebox using stainless steel hinges and screws Doors are not required for an Argentinian Parilla but with the addition, I now have the option of closing them to keep the weather out or to cook pizza once the pizza stone is on the grill. The opening on the left side of the grill is where the brassero is located which is difficult to see in the photo but that’s where the logs of wood burn into coals which are then moved over to fire the grill on the right.
The six leather-covered wood chairs are locally made and fit nicely under the bar.
This has been a labor of love and hope you find the design interesting to your eye. It definitely is different from the style of the house but it has a number of important elements that make it look older than the house; rustic Spanish style which includes the light blue colored natural concrete counter tops which I sealed with an acrylic clear coat.
That’s it for now…. Al