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FEB 2019

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Daltile's outdoor products include flooring tile, wall coverings, exterior cladding surfaces and countertops. Shown is the Emerson Wood Collection, which features a cerused wood texture and appearance. Floor tile in three plank sizes and 3-D cube mosaic features the company's StepWise technology. Circle No. 155 on Product Card The Built-in Artisan Fire Pizza Oven from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet uses propane or natural gas to cook and heats up in approximately 20 minutes. Stone lined, the oven reaches tempera- tures of 800° F via two independent burners. The pizza oven can be installed into a wall or masonry structure. Circle No. 156 on Product Card Best has expanded its line of Monarch and Emperor series of outdoor range hoods to include 42"-wide models. The Emperor is 30" deep, while the Mon- arch reaches 27"; both have an optional 3" extender. The hoods are equipped with Heat Sentry, which detects and adjusts to excessive heat. Circle No. 157 on Product Card True Residential is adding its under- counter units to the Build Your True program. Previously available for full-size units only, the collection of custom finishes and hardware will be applicable to the brand's assortment of stainless steel indoor/outdoor under- counter units. Circle No. 158 on Product Card hen outdoor entertaining was in its infancy, a top-notch grill and some great patio furniture may have done the job. Today's outdoor kitchen and entertaining areas are far more sophisticated, incorpo- rating a full range of standard and specialty appliances. While designs are often enhanced with natural elements, styles aren't limited to a rustic feel. "Designers are beginning to integrate easy-install outdoor kitchen sets that blend outdoor textures with sleek appliances in a way that complements the natural ambiance of any backyard or other outdoor space," says Sarah Lograsso, director of marketing at San Marcos, CA-based Eldorado Stone. Cooking is just one aspect of entertaining outside. "We see homeown- ers creating outdoors spaces that expand habitable space by creating com- plete outdoor living areas, not just outdoor kitchens. Outdoor kitchens are now lifestyle centered," says Chelsea McClaran, brand manager at True Residential in O'Fallon, MO. Manufacturers recently surveyed by Kitchen & Bath Design News say that other top trends in outdoor kitchens include a cohesive design style that carries through from inside to out, customized entertaining areas, gather- ing spaces for a range of uses and durability in materials and finishes. SMOOTH TRANSITION Indoor kitchens are often referred to as the heart of the home; outdoor entertaining spaces could well be considered the soul. The connection between the two should be apparent in designs that reflect the same over- all style and personality, and practical elements that allow for the same level of entertaining wherever guests are gathering. "People want an outdoor living space that includes the same amenities found inside the home, allowing them to cook, entertain and relax while enjoying the calming effects of nature," says Lograsso. Bringing the same level of comfort that indoor entertainment areas offer is important, according to manufacturers. "Creating an atmosphere that is purposeful, yet inviting, remains a top priority amongst many designers and homeowners," states Shaun Lin, product development manager for Thor Kitchen, based in Chino, CA. "Extending indoor living outdoors also means outdoor kitchens are more than just a functional space, they're about creating an entertaining area," says Russ Faulk, chief designer and head of product for Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet in Kalamazoo, MI. "When you're hosting a party outdoors, people gather in the outdoor kitchen just like they do indoors. People like to 'gather around the fire,' and grilling a large cut of meat over an open flame certainly has a 'wow' factor that gets people excited and captures their attention," he adds. Stephanie Muraro Gust, product marketing manager at Perlick Residential Products in Milwaukee, WI says that the planning of the outdoor space is just as important as it is indoors. "The appliances chosen Outdoor kitchens mirror indoor spaces in style and functionality as the trend toward guests gathering in open air spaces continues to grow. BY ELIZABETH RICHARDS Outdoor Style W 74 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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