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JAN 2018

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relaxation, and a cooking unit. An outdoor kitchen isn't necessarily defined by a built-in grill or pizza oven – a free-standing grill works as well." WITHSTANDING THE ELEMENTS Though consumers want everything they have inside in their outdoor areas, too, it's not as simple as moving the indoor products outside. Products must be specifically rated for outdoor use to offer the durability and high-quality performance clients expect. Slater says, "The more cool features you see on indoor stuff, people now want to put outdoors." However, he adds, "a lot of it is not transferable," citing automatic opening drawers as an example: the non-stainless metals used simply can't hold up to the weather. Germani agrees that durability is an important factor, stating, "The best outdoor kitchen materials are designed to withstand inclement weather." "Reliability and performance are important when considering materials for an outdoor kitchen," McClaran concurs. "Having an outdoor appliance that can withstand extreme temperatures and weather conditions is key." "Homeowners want a low-maintenance product that can withstand the outdoors, including precipitation and temperature swings," says Esteve. Schroeter concludes, "Investing in low-maintenance, high-quality ma- terials and products is especially important to endure over time and to help people get the most out of their investment." ▪ GREAT USE OF SPACE People are looking for as much space as they can get in order to squeeze as many of the amenities they have inside into that outdoor space. But with deliberate attention to design, smaller spaces can be just as spectacular. Utilization of space is a big factor, Thomas stresses, noting that joining the indoor space directly to the outdoor space creates an openness, even with smaller floor plans. "[The kitchen] becomes a centerpiece. That makes it the gravitational center point of where the family is going to go." "Available space may limit the amount of cooking appliances or cabinetry a client can squeeze into the kitchen," says Faulk. But whatever the size, he adds, they view the grill as the heart of an outdoor kitchen. "It does not have to be big, but each client should select the grill they really want. Cutting cor- ners here can lead to frustration and disappointment," he adds. Carr agrees that, with limited space, the focus is on the grill, along with the refrigerator. These are the must-haves, he believes, while secondary cook- ing items like smokers and wood-fired pizza ovens, along with icemakers and sinks, are left out when space is tight. "Space may limit your choices, but still leave you options," he states. "You might want a 60" grill and 24" refrigerator, but settle for a 30" grill and a 15" refrigerator." "Thoughtful design becomes even more important as the space be- comes smaller," adds Schroeter. "Arguably, the most important components include creating a defined space with comfortable seating for socialization or WeatherStrong outdoor cabinets from Ideal Cabinetry are manufac- tured from a marine-grade water- proof PVC polymer and feature 304 grade stainless steel hardware. The cabinets showcase a wood grain embossed texture in three finishes: Radiant White, Rustic Gray and Riv- er Sand. Customers can also choose from four door designs. Circle No. 176 on Product Card DCS Outdoor products are engi- neered to deliver the functionality and power sought by professional chefs. They are hand-finished to complement the quality of the DCS outdoor kitchen and built to with- stand the demands of the serious cook and the extremes of Mother Nature, the firm notes. Circle No. 175 on Product Card This outdoor space, created by the Embers Grill and Fireplace Store in Nashville, TN, includes a bar area with the 15" True Ice Machine, 24" True Undercounter Refrigerator and 15" True Single Beverage Dispenser, all from True Residential. The Un- dercounter Refrigerator showcases a glass door that is UL-rated for outdoor use. Circle No. 178 on Product Card Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens creates luxury outdoor kitchens with its weather-resistant, stainless steel cabinetry, which accommo- dates all manufacturers' appliances. It is available in eight door styles in 10 powder coat colors and nine powder coat wood grain finishes. Bead Board cabinetry in Mica finish is shown. Circle No. 177 on Product Card Featuring frameless, European styl- ing, Danver cabinets are engineered for optimal storage and accom- modate all outdoor appliances. Cabinetry is available in a variety of styles, sizes and weather-resistant finishes, including 14 powder-coat colors and nine powder-coat wood grain finishes. Shown is Key West cabinetry in Champagne finish. Circle No. 180 on Product Card Viking's Professional Outdoor 5 Series grills, carts and compan- ion units have been added to the outdoor collection from Viking Range. The 24"-deep grills include 25,000 BTU stainless steel burners and a 15,000 BTU Gourmet-Glo Infrared Rotisserie Burner. An Easy Lift Canopy System and Blue SoftLit LED lights are also featured. Circle No. 179 on Product Card Hestan Outdoor is a line of premium residential grills offering professional-grade components and distinctive features. Manufac- tured in the U.S., Hestan Outdoor gas grills deliver patent-pending features like 5/16" stainless steel DiamondCut Grates, spring-assist- ed Horizon Hood and motion-acti- vated under-hood Stadium Lights. Circle No. 182 on Product Card The Coastal Ranch Signature Kitch- en from Eldorado Stone is designed to offer ample conversation space along the raised bar counter and maximum room for appliances. The L-shaped Coastal Ranch may be customized with eight profiles, with more than 150 color options available. Circle No. 181 on Product Card January 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 99

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