Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUN 2018

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fryers, cooktop-style and wok burners. They are seen by most to be accessories, still, but those end users who really appreciate the culinary experience see their value the most. The aim is to not be limited to grilling and smoking when cooking outdoors, which is a paradigm that we see a shift towards." OUTDOOR LIVING AREAS Many clients are expanding from outdoor kitchens to complete outdoor living environments, with all of the comforts of indoors al fresco, and enjoying them far beyond the summer months, fueling the popularity of outdoor fire features. "While traditional styles of outdoor fireplaces remain the most popular, linear outdoor fireplac- es are growing at an extremely fast rate," notes Napoleon's Schroeter. "We're also seeing a lot of peninsulas featuring see-through units that can be enjoyed from multiple spaces within the outdoor living area." "In designing and building outdoor living environments, anything is possible – from water features to fire pits, to just about anything you can imag- ine," Menn shares. "I think the fire pit is the most popular. You can design and build a custom one either using wood or gas as the fuel. You can build in seating using a low masonry wall, or design custom seating. Do you want it protected from the elements, or do you want it open to the sky? Do you want a large screen TV? You name it, it's been designed," the architect declares. Perry with Kerrisdale Lumber adds, "In the outdoor space we are seeing big growth in fire pits and fire tables. People are trying to stretch the night out in their spaces and use them more in the shoulders seasons, it seems. Fire pits that have a rim for drinks and food are very hot right now." LAST WORDS HPBA's CEO Goldman sug- gests, "I would recommend to anyone who is working in the design, contracting or building field to put these ideas in front of their customers and see what happens. Fire features create a desirable ambiance in any room or outdoor space in a home." They can also create increased profitability for your projects. ▪ Jamie Gold, CKD, CAPS is an independent designer in San Diego, the author of New Kitchen Ideas That Work and the New Bathroom Idea Book (Taunton Press), and a design journalist, NKBA Chapter Presenter and industry consultant. Her website is She was named one of Kitchen & Bath Design News' 50 top innovators for 2017. June 2018 • 39 Design Enhancements for today's interiors Dealer inquiries welcome Design Enhancements Circle No. 21 on Product Card

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