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JAN 2018

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and the overall atmosphere they strive to create impacts trends every- where, and the outdoor kitchen is no exception. "Clients want to express their personal style while extending their living spaces to the outdoors," says Faulk. "A key design tool for this type of customization is color and texture," he adds. "Whether they're bold, bright colors or more discreet earth tones that blend with the outdoor environment, it's all about having more options to choose from." With this focus on customized space, the "must-haves" vary from kitchen to kitchen, primarily dependent upon how the homeowner in- tends to use the space. "Outdoor kitchens vary widely in size and budget, but the must-haves remain the same. A grill for cooking, a sink for washing your hands, enough refrigeration to support a single meal, a little storage for the essentials and just about as much countertop space as you can squeeze into the plan," explains Faulk. One popular add-on, he says, is the under- counter smoker. "Clients are looking for added capabilities in the outdoor kitchen, but prefer an integrated design approach. The way our smoker fits into the kitchen design so seamlessly has been a huge hit," he states. In addition to a sink, refrigeration, a great grill and durable counter- tops, Germani says that good lighting is essential. "Having good lighting allows you to create a mood, grill and entertain far after the sun goes down and the martinis start to flow!" more traditional taste, stone construction or granite countertops might blend more with the overall aesthetic of the property," says Schroeter. Though there is still demand for a wide range of styles, many manufac- turers are seeing a shift toward more contemporary clean lines and simplicity. "Contemporary interpretations of modernist home design are very popular right now, and I expect this trend in outdoor kitchens to continue for quite a while," says Faulk. Since last year, Slater has seen growing demand for cabinetry with flat door styles. "That's a more contemporary trend. People are really embracing the indoor look outside," he notes, adding that demand for more color is also on the rise as people try to achieve the unique looks they desire. Carr sees the use of natural materials such as wood and concrete, paired with stainless steel appliances, being used to create a high-end, modern feel. While designs depend on individual style, white continues to gain pop- ularity, according to Esteve. In the U.S., she says, the classic white marble look continues to be a bestseller. "While these luxury marble-inspired looks remain popular, more modern, muted or dark tones are also trending, espe- cially for outdoor spaces that are exposed to dirt and weather," she adds. CUSTOMIZED PRIORITIES It has become increasingly clear that, whatever the product category, peo- ple want what they want. Lifestyle choices, personal design preferences The Asado Built-In Grill by Lynx Grills features two ProSear 2 burn- ers totaling 42,000 BTUs, a dual- zone multilayer cooking surface and a stainless steel grilling surface. The grill also showcases welded construction that eliminates gaps where grease and moisture can col- lect, as well as controls illumination with signature blue LED lighting. Circle No. 168 on Product Card Natural marble aesthetics meet durability with Calacatta from sintered surface brand Neolith from TheSize. Part of the Classtone collection, Calacatta features a bright white backdrop with intricate gray veining. Available in silk or pol- ished finishes, the surface is stain-, scratch-, fade- or chip-resistant, according to the company. Circle No. 167 on Product Card Custom outdoor kitchens by The Outdoor GreatRoom Company have everything needed for outdoor entertaining: refrigerator, grill, fire features, stereo and more. Full kitchens or partial outdoor features – such as entertainment areas or fire islands – are available for outdoor spaces. Circle No. 170 on Product Card Crafted from high-quality, stainless and powder-coated galvanneal steel, Napoleon's OASIS Modular Islands are customizable to suit nearly any space. A variety of components can be configured to virtually any combination, including drawer cabinets, refrigerators, propane tank storage or universal cabinets. Circle No. 169 on Product Card The solid stainless steel Teppanyaki Grill Built-In Plancha Griddle from Cook-N-Dine cooks on contact with no radiant heat. Its patented Shallow-Dip Technology forms a shallow depression in the center when hot, reverting back to hori- zontal when off. The grill is rated for indoor and outdoor use. Circle No. 172 on Product Card The Alfresco ALXE Series Grill fea- tures the exclusive integrated 20 lb. torque rotisserie motor, hood-assist system, air-cooled front control panel and heat delivery system that ensures even cooking with extreme high heat, the company notes. The grills are available in 30", 36", 52" and 56" sizes. Circle No. 171 on Product Card ASA-D2 is a contemporary, freestanding outdoor kitchen designed by architect and designer Daniel Germani that incorporates Dekton by Cosentino, Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens stainless steel cabinetry and a grill by Caliber Ap- pliances. The kitchen is available in four finishes and various appliance options. Circle No. 174 on Product Card The Galley Workstation and Tap work together in the indoor and outdoor kitchen. The Tap features a pull-down, articulating hand spray with side switch to change from laminar to rinsing jet, while the Workstations incorporate revers- ible sinks in a range of sizes, with accessories such as cutting boards, drying racks, colanders and bowls. Circle No. 173 on Product Card 98 Kitchen & Bath Design News • January 2018 PRODUCT TREND REPORT

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