First priority for the open-air room’s layout was a grilling kitchen. Merle placed it so the chef could see straight to the creek while serving guests at the dining table. Good thing, too, because the stainless steel grill, exhaust hood, side burners for big pots of corn and crabs, and twin under-counter refrigerators generate constant conversation. Great care was taken to choose weather-resistant teak dining furniture, upholstery fabrics, appliances, and cabinet paint finishes that are impervious to the corrosive marine environment.
Tip: The brick-paved floor is pitched slightly in all directions so it can be hosed off as needed. Kitchen cabinets elevated on stainless steel legs let the water wash beneath.