By far one of the most popular search terms people use to find this blog is “outdoor kitchens.” Though I’ve already shown the in-progress photos for one of our favorite projects, I thought our readers might be interested in learning about the specifics of the project. This project was one of our three REX award winners and the following was our written submission. Enjoy!

While an exposed patio in Whatcom County is wonderful during dry summer days, its use is limited in any other weather. The homeowners wanted to cover their patio as well as add an outdoor kitchen and living space in order to spend more time outdoors.

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Working with the clients, Pat designed the outdoor living space with unique details while still complimenting the existing space. The largest challenges stemmed from the project’s exposed nature. A drain-down system was chosen in order to prevent freezing pipes during winter but the largest obstacle was unforeseen. A DelRay stainless steel outdoor ventless gas fireplace had been chosen as the seating area’s focal point. However, the city was concerned that the sitting area might not remain exposed, thereby present a danger. After assurances to the city, the project received its final approval to the homeowners’ delight.

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Our project manager DyLon, with over fifteen years of professional experience and a dedication to the NAHB Code of Ethics, led a team in creating the attractive and durable addition. They began by digging a new utility trench and removing the home’s existing roof overhang. The new flat roof sections were created by placing a grey Carlisle Sure-Weld thermoplastic membrane roofing system above an exposed tight-knot spruce structure. Matched laminate asphalt shingles top the center gable roof section. Other final touches include sheet metal scupper drains, new gutters, a 60 foot long retaining wall and two sets of stairs.

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Though patios are often more functional and less aesthetic, the homeowners and Rose Construction dreamed of a space that would incorporate both qualities. To bring natural light into the covered area, four Crystalite flat glass skylights and two 4×4 Crystalite pyramid shaped acrylic skylights were installed. Paddle fans, an ice maker, electric receptacles and power for outdoor appliances add convenience and comfort.

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The nineteen linear foot outdoor kitchen features a ten foot bar, a Blanco undermount sink, Moen faucet and outdoor appliances. Stamped and colored concrete was poured over the existing concrete slab to create the flooring. Additionally, the team laid a 16’ x 17’ pad with strip drain featuring outlets installed in the gravel bed on each side of the patio. A flat screen television and four electric infrared heaters suspended from the ceiling help result in a beautiful but functional outdoor space for the family to enjoy.

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