Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2019

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usually one person cooks while others are swimming in the pool, sitting by the fire or watching TV." For Sonders, the only real must-haves are a great grill and a sink. But when budgets allow, she'll add undercounter refrig- erators, ice makers and side burners. The Florida designer also uses more traditional kitchen cabinetry, rather than stainless steel cabinets or a stucco or stone surround, while countertops are often shellstone, 'Black Vermont' stone or granite, frequently in Thunder White. "I think the more organic nature of cabinetry is more fitting so it feels like an extension of the indoor space, which it actual- ly is during the winter months in South Florida," she says. Cabinetry, however, must be water- and insect-proof, so she often turns to composite box materials such as Starboard, accented with long-lasting door elements like teak, cedar and cypress. Or, she will also use NatureKast cabinets. "They have wonderful wood-looking doors and panels that look authentic, but are a fully durable composite material," she notes. Tumlin's clients often opt for fully functioning outdoor kitchens. 'Must-haves' include smokers, stainless steel sinks and faucets, refrigeration, weatherproof storage, plentiful lighting for evening cooking and, of course, grills "that can do just about anything," she says. Additional elements often include pizza ovens and ice makers, along with comfortable seating. "Let's not forget combining dining areas, fireplaces/ fire pits, music and outdoor TVs to linger a little longer in the outdoors," she adds. Many of these elements – such as a grill with side burner, multiple smokers, refrigeration, ice maker, warming drawer, sink and stainless steel storage drawers – were included in a recent outdoor kitchen on Lake Travis where the homeowners wanted their outdoor area to be one cohesive space for enter- taining. Material choices, such as the Lueders limestone coun- tertop and stonework, reflect the overall style of the home. An added luxury is smart home features via Control4. From inside the home, or from a smart phone or tablet anywhere in the world, the homeowners can control and manage virtually every aspect of their home, such as lighting, HVAC, security, surveil- lance and audio/visual, which includes streaming music to the outdoor living space – one of 23 zones throughout the home. A video distribution system utilizes screens up to 85" in 18 zones, including one in the outdoor kitchen. Like Tumlin, Ellefson's clients often look for complete cooking spaces similar to what they might have indoors. "People have been grilling outdoors for years and they used to be content with a seating area and a grill," she says. "But This lake home, where Michelle Tumlin collaborated with Geschke Group Architecture and C&A Builders, showcases how an outdoor kitchen can bring the heart of the home outside. Material choices, such as the limestone countertop and stonework, reflect the overall style of the home, while appliance selections add luxury, including a grill with sideburner, multiple smokers, refrigeration, ice maker, warming drawer, sink and stainless steel drawers. Smart home features from Control4 add fun and functional technology. Photos: Austin Marti Photography 40 Kitchen & Bath Design News • April 2019 OUTDOOR KITCHENS

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