When Greg Ostertag retired from basketball after 10 seasons with the Utah Jazz, he and his wife, Shannon, eventually settled near Mount Vernon, Texas. The town was looking a bit tired—mostly empty storefronts downtown, just one restaurant.
“But we went ahead and moved here anyway,” says Greg. “Then Shannon came to me with the idea that she had to buy this building and try to put some life back into the town.”
The building was the century-old barbershop, and the project gave birth to new businesses: a coffee shop and The Ostertag Group, a design and construction company.
Shannon next targeted the old general store. To get that job done, she called in someone she knew could handle it: her ex-husband Henry Ruelas, a longtime contractor. His and Shannon’s son, Trevor, also joined the crew.
“I can’t get enough of it,” says Trevor, who plans to study construction management in college.
The general store, like all old buildings, contained secrets: the usual whiskey bottles and newspapers inside the walls, but also human bones buried beneath it. Those bones remain a mystery, but everyone agrees that the building is haunted.
More scenes from the outdoor kitchen pavilion shed build
Greg Ostertag is a 7-foot-2 center who played alongside John Stockton and Karl Malone. They reached the NBA Finals in back-to-back years in 1997 and 1998, falling both times to the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan. Ostertag grew up in Texas and returned there following his playing career.
Ostertag’s sister, Amy, suffered from kidney disease and Greg didn’t hesitate to offer one of his kidneys to help save his sister’s life. He donated his kidney in 2002 and became the first NBA player to return to the court after an organ donation. Ostertag has since become an advocate for organ donation.
Outdoor Kitchen Pavilion Shed
This is the largest shed Family Handyman has ever created in the 60 years we’ve built sheds and shown how to build sheds. We joined storage and outdoor living with our latest shed, the outdoor kitchen pavilion shed, for the Ostertag family to enjoy when they have time away from their latest project.
Storage space is usually measured as floor space. By that standard, this shed is similar to any 8 x 10-ft. shed. But wall space often matters more, and that’s where this shed shines. With about 350 sq. ft. of surface, these walls can support large shelves and all your yard gear.
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Hearth and Home
This backyard kitchen has a rustic feel with a brick wall and stained wood cabinets. But you're hardly roughing it, considering this kitchen is outfitted with a dishwasher! The fireplace is a focal point and can be used for cooking and keeping the area warm when the temperature drops.
The choice of light-colored bricks makes this backyard kitchen appear less clunky than it would if darker bricks had been used. Laying the floor paver bricks diagonally to the kitchen gives the area a more casual feel, whereas if the pavers ran the same way as the bricks, it would've look stuffy. Learn how to build a beautiful brick pathway.
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Impromptu Backyard Kitchen
Maybe you don't have a lot of occasions when you'd want an outdoor kitchen, so why bother? One way to temporarily move food prep and cooking outside is to create a work surface (here it's simply a board placed on top of a wood pile) and bring out your most-used cookware and utensils. When the party is over, pack up and head back inside. Do you like to keep things simple? Check out this simple, $50 workbench.
This full feature kitchen with split-level bar is smartly located between the garden entrance and patio doors of the main house. It efficiently includes café seating, food prep area, large under mount sink/dishwasher, and an under counter refrigerator.
Photo: Surrounds Landscaping
This poolside backyard kitchen is perfectly designed for family gatherings and entertaining. It's spacious and yet it doesn't overtake the whole yard. One unique feature you don't see often is the integrated umbrella stand.
Photo: The Deck and Patio Company
A solid-wood dartboard cabinet typically starts at $150, and at that price you’re getting one made of pine; you’ll pay much more for a premium hardwood. For the same cost, you can build a better one yourself, such as this one, which is stylish, durable and easy to make. Here’s how we built this dartboard cabinet. There are no fussy miters or fancy joinery, and it’s made from standard board widths, so you don’t need a table saw. And if the aged-steel door panels don’t suit your style, you can substitute plywood panels to match the surrounding wood.
Plus: More Backyard Games You Can Play With the Family
If you're planning on having some big parties this summer, or even if you just have a big family, life-size Foosball is almost a must for your backyard games. It's interactive, entertaining and makes for a lot of laughter! Check out this tutorial to make it yourself.Photo: Courtesy of imgur
Why We Chose LP Outdoor Building Solution Products
This project includes a lot of cedar lumber, which is mostly sheltered from the weather. For the more exposed elements, we chose LP Outdoor Building Solutions shed products. They’re made with LP SmartSide, offering all the warmth and beauty of traditional wood along with outstanding durability. LP SmartSide Trim and Siding products are also easier to work with and come in both smooth and cedar textures, which nicely matches the rough-sawn cedar.
Watch how we built the outdoor kitchen pavilion shed in the video below.