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JAN 2018

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Perlick brings its RAPIDcool technolo- gy to its 24" Signature Series Outdoor Dual-Zone Refrigerator/Wine Reserve. Certified for outdoor use, it features two controlled temperature zones. The wine reserve holds 14 wine bottles, while the dual-zone refrigerator holds 41 cans. Circle No. 159 on Product Card M S International's Arterra Porcelain Pavers are chic, durable, stain resistant and don't require sealing, the firm notes. Adding elegance to residential outdoor kitchens and entertainment spaces, the pavers feature authentic natural stone and wood looks in over one dozen colorways. Circle No. 160 on Product Card The Arcadia Series of outdoor cabin- etry contrasts brushed stainless steel edging with a choice of oiled ipe wood or powder-coated panels in charcoal gray or any RAL powder coat color. The cabinetry from Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet includes a variety of color, size, texture and configuration choices. Circle No. 161 on Product Card The Marvel Outdoor Undercounter Freezer has Dynamic Cooling Technolo- gy with rapid cool down, frost-free oper- ation and accurate temperature stability. The unit stores up to 200 lbs. of frozen goods, is CSA certified for outdoor use and withstands rain, humidity and high temperatures, the firm notes. Circle No. 162 on Product Card Liebherr's RO 510 outdoor beverage/ wine cooler chills beer, wine and soft drinks, keeps meats and veggies to grill on hand and stocks all essential condiments in the outdoor kitchen. The RO 510 fits seamlessly under the countertop, doubling as an outdoor food prep station. Circle No. 163 on Product Card The Rockwell by Caliber Appliances is an estate-scaled, 360-degree walk- around social grill. Designed to foster socializing, the grill features a fully re- tractable, patent-pending disappearing lid, making grilling accessible from all sides. The 42" or 48" grill can be built into an outdoor culinary kitchen. Circle No. 164 on Product Card U-Line's 24" Outdoor Convertible Freezer converts from freezer to refrigerator with the touch of a button. Convection cooling provides consis- tent freezer temperatures from -5 F to +5 F and refrigerator temperatures from 34 F to 45 F. The frost-free unit includes three slide-out baskets. Circle No. 165 on Product Card Richelieu's Polymer HDPE Revolution Panels can withstand sun, rain, snow and temperatures varying from -100 F to 200 F, the company reports. The panels can be machined like regular wood panels and are offered in a variety of colors. They are FDA approved for food contact. Circle No. 166 on Product Card from a design standpoint if they're only focused on the cooking," he notes. Designers also need to account for hosts' desire to stay outside with guests. "In addition to cooking, people want a space to prep, serve and clean up so they can be part of the event," says David Carr, director of product & marketing for U-Line Corp. in Milwaukee. "The process of preparing food and cooking together is a form of entertainment for many people," he explains. After making the investment to set up these spaces, homeowners want to be able to use them as much as possible – including multiple times per week, as well as earlier in the spring and later into the fall, according to Schroeter. For that reason, "Another major trend is the addition of fireplaces, outdoor heaters and fire tables to help extend the space's usage into cooler seasons," he maintains. Mar Esteve, director of marketing for Neolith by TheSize, headquartered in Almazora, Spain, agrees that outdoor living spaces are no longer reserved for warmer climates. "As a result, homeowners are going beyond traditional kitchen elements to make outdoor living areas an extension of the home's living space with features like fireplaces or fire pits and sitting areas." SMOOTH TRANSITION An easy flow from indoor to out is important, manufacturers say. The physi- cal connection between the two spaces must be convenient and efficient, with easy access to all the elements found in a kitchen. "The ease of having all appliances outdoors that are typically only available indoors is very desirable," says McClaran. "Having a refrigerator within foot- steps of the pool, an undercounter freezer next to the beverage dispenser to keep pint glasses frosty and a clear ice machine for cocktails are just some of the installations we see homeowners placing outdoors." Sometimes, these physical barriers between indoors and outdoors are becoming much less defined. "Something that has become very popular is creating an outdoor/indoor space with retractable walls," says Carr. "This helps protect appliances and surfaces from the elements – which results in longer-lasting products, and is convenient for chilly nights." Matt Thomas, marketing manager, Nana Wall Systems, Inc. in Corte Madera, CA, confirms that, over the past three to five years, people have been spending more time outdoors. And homeowners are more often incorporat- ing that outdoor space off the kitchen rather than the living room, he notes. COHESIVE STYLE Rather than one specific style dominating, a key outdoor trend is to ensure that the overall look and feel of the space remain consistent with what's inside. "Style trends in outdoor kitchen areas typically align closely with one's design style and personal preferences inside the home. For example, if a homeowner prefers a more contemporary look, the outdoor kitchen can reflect that with clean lines, metals and concrete countertops. For those with January 2018 • 97

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