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FEB 2019

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Ventana is a 15" concrete bar and prep sink from Native Trails fashioned by hand from Native- Stone, a blend of cement and jute fiber that is lightweight. This large, single-bowl kitchen sink provides two mounting options – installing as an apron-front or undermount sink. Finishes include Ash, Slate and Pearl. Circle No. 168 on Product Card Wolf Home Products designs its Wolf Endurance Cabinets specif- ically for outdoor environments, with sealed storage and an all-alu- minum assembly plus insulated doors with stainless steel exterior hardware. Made in the U.S., the cabinets feature standard 24"-deep, soft-close drawers and ¾" full- depth aluminum shelving. Circle No. 167 on Product Card WeatherStrong, a new line of out- door cabinetry from Ideal Cabinetry, provides custom designed exterior kitchen cabinets. The cabinets are made in the U.S. from a ¾"-thick marine-grade waterproof polymer, and are available in four styles: Miami, Palm Beach, Naples and Key West, in Radiant White, Rustic Gray and River Sand. Circle No. 170 on Product Card Florim Stone provides porcelain stoneware slabs for countertops, available in large sizes greater than 63"x126" and thicknesses of 6mm, 12mm and 20mm. The tiles are tem- perature- and scratch-resistant, wa- terproof, food-safe and weather-re- sistant, notes the company. Looks include cement, color, marble, metal, stone and wood. Circle No. 169 on Product Card The Arterra Praia Porcelain Pavers from M S International are high-definition, glazed ink-jet pavers that resemble natural stone but with the added benefits and du- rability of porcelain, the firm notes. With all the same characteristics and installation techniques of natu- ral stone, the pavers can withstand freeze-thaw cycles for outdoor use. Circle No. 172 on Product Card Eldorado Outdoor's Metropolitan Signature Kitchen is a modern outdoor cooking space. The 12' linear design features clean lines and provides ample counter space for preparing meals. The kitchen includes three cabinets, two cabinet end caps, two fastener sets and two vents, as well as facing stone that offers the look and feel of stone masonry. Circle No. 171 on Product Card This custom outdoor kitchen island by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company features a stainless steel design, with durable Supercast countertops adding a decorative element. The Crystal Fire burner adds warmth to any outdoor living space, using liquid propane or natural gas. Circle No. 174 on Product Card The Pro Kamado Charcoal Grill and Smoker from Caliber Appliances al- lows users to grill, smoke, bake and rotisserie. The unit weighs less than half of other kamado smokers, says the firm, and features a heat-resis- tant outside shell and triple layer insulation. The patent-pending fl ue-way system ensures better moisture retention, the firm adds. Circle No. 173 on Product Card homeowners and designers to invest and reallocate renovation budgets to other areas of the outdoor kitchen remodel, without sacrificing the design or functionality of the space," he notes. "When it comes to specialty cooking, one of the biggest trends is cook- ing on an open flame," Faulk states. "Live-fire cooking isn't new; in fact, it's the oldest form of cooking. But more recently, people are re-embrac- ing wood-fired cooking and its primal nature." This trend started with the chef community, he says. "It was all about capturing the char, smoke and unique flavor that comes when you grill using wood." CUSTOM ARRANGEMENTS Customization is as popular in outdoor areas as it is elsewhere in the home, manufacturers agree. Customers are looking for options that re- flect their personal style at a price point that allows them to choose exactly what they want in the space. "Homeowners are looking for flexibility and customization in their outdoor kitchen, but also affordable appliances so they can build out an entire suite without missing out on other outdoor features like a full bar or beautiful patio with a fire bowl," says Lin. Massimo Ballucchi, executive director of marketing for Stafford, TX- based Cosentino North America says homeowners are looking for a lot of flexibility in their outdoor set-ups. "They are looking for areas where SPECIALTY APPLIANCES The move to outdoor entertaining has created demand for a wide range of appliances, including flexible refrigeration and multiple cooking options. "More often than not, we're now seeing homeowners wanting to create a full outdoor kitchen that mimics the functionality of their indoor kitchen. That means utilizing all types of appliances from clear ice machines, to beverage centers, to dishwashers and full wet bars," says McClaran. "Food and beverage trends have made their way to the outdoor kitch- en, and consumers want appliances that allow them to get creative when serving friends and family," concurs Muraro Gust. "Having craft beer on tap, the perfect bottle of wine at the ready and fresh produce for summer salads all complement outdoor specialty cooking appliances such as pizza ovens, smokers and teppanyaki cooktops, creating memorable meals that rival anything prepared in a standard kitchen." "Along with the typical barbecue grills that are commonly included in many outdoor kitchen spaces, homeowners are also opting for specialty appliances such as undercounter outdoor refrigerators and profession- al-grade pizza ovens – perfect for entertaining and making an impres- sion," says Lin. He adds that, although pro-style appliances have long had a premium price tag that prevented many home chefs from having their dream outdoor kitchen, the popularity of these appliances means brands are offering the style at a fraction of the cost. "This allows for 76 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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