Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen
Architect Merle Thorpe designed the 40- by 19-foot addition (right) to nestle into the existing trees.
Outdoor-rated appliances and a low-maintenance paint finish on the cabinets combat saltwater corrosion.
Cabinetry: custom by Ilex’s Millwork Division; ilexconstruction.com.
Grill: Professional Built-in Grill with Double Side Burners; lynxgrills.com.
Refrigerators: Outdoor Refrigerator; lynxgrills.com.
Exhaust hood: custom using rated exterior components; ilexconstruction.com.
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.
Tip: Columns are grounded in the thick foundation, so all four sides of the room can be left completely open without the need for diagonal bracing.
Floor and wall brick: 26-HB 3⁄4" Thin Brick; glengerybrick.com.
Wicker sofa and armchairs: For a similar look, try Palmetto All-Weather Wicker Sofa and Armchair in honey; potterybarn.com.
Rug: Seagrass with brown border; ballarddesigns.com.
Tip: The fireplace hearth is composed of bricks that match the house foundation. Raising the firebox enables it to be seen from around the room.
Wall stain: semitransparent custom color blend, alkyd-oil; cabotstain.com.
Tip: Strong steel columns support walls of screened panels and a roof with ventilating windows to move air through the room below.
Dining chairs & Table: Jardin Classic Side Chairs with curved slats, teak and powder-coated steel, Jardin Classic Rectangular Table, teak and powder-coated steel; janusetcie.com.