Qualified Remodeler Magazine

FEB 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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represent only a few of the specialty items available to homeowners when they list their priorities for a project. The features they deem indispensable will likely determine the cost of their outdoor kitchen. What to Consider "We're in Austin, Texas, so the climate here lends itself to people spending time outside—more than up north where you get snow and cold weather in the winter," says Sara Hadden, a designer for CG&S Construction. "If a client comes to us asking for an outdoor living area, they [usually] want to include a kitchen because they want to [stay] outside, and not have to run back and forth between the [main] kitchen when they're entertaining or when their kids are playing in the pool." Early in the design process, homeowners must answer specific questions about their intentions so Hadden truly understands their needs for the space. Most clients who bring up an outdoor kitch- en have already made the lifestyle decision to be outside as much as possible, she notes. They might go back and forth on individual components, but typically customers remain set on their wishlist. "Are they looking to just be able to grill some burgers while they're entertaining and the kids are in the pool? Or do they really want to spend time out there and be able to cook and hang out and not have to go into the house at all?" Hadden asks. "There's a whole laundry list of stuff that we go through. The most important thing is to under- stand how the clients envision using that space." Homeowners may not know exactly what they want, however, and the thoughtful discussion can help illuminate and develop ideas. They may need to make some tough choices about materials that will be used for the project or the combination of products installed in their outdoor kitchen. CG&S demolished the existing two-story porch (far left + left) to build a new, enlarged lower porch that extends the full length of the rear facade and includes a kitchen, dining space and seating area. Creating an outdoor kitchen with a grill (middle + above) was top priority, so CG&S installed one with a counter and sink, tucked against the exterior wall. A central peninsula provides seating, and the little bar serves as a vantage point to watch over the pool. Photos this page: Tre Dunham QualifiedRemodeler.com February 2019 43

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