Repeat clients (and referrals) are one of the greatest rewards of anything I do! This is a project that I am sharing with you, as it happens.
What: Boat House (Outdoor Kitchen and Bar/Entertainment Area)
This is the view from the road. The kitchen area will be inside to the left of the door and the bar area to the right.
This view is (what I will call) the left wall of the boat house (from the street view). The kitchen area will be left of these wonderful framed windows that will be screened. Above … recessed cans and ceiling fans. Note: Lake is down for dock repairs when this photo was taken.
This is the view to the right (from the outside view – confusing you yet?) The grill area will be to the right of the swinging door, so this area will be the bar – entertaining area.
And… one view towards to the lake side of the boat house… take note the deck area is quite shallow out towards the lake. Plan as of now — keep grilling outdoors.
Notes and Requests from client:
- This home is likely going to be used more in upcoming (retirement) years.
- Kitchen area with refrigerator, sink, range and workzone
- Interested in using stainless steel for cabinetry and/or counter tops
- Appliances can be simple, economical
- Bar area for storage, flat screen TV and seating to watch sports
- Peninsula for seating in front of wall with TV – off outside wall of windows. One level
First glance recommendations offered to client for consideration:
- 1-2 burner cooktop only. Having personal experience with lake living, who would use an "oven" near the waters edge – is the question
- While low end appliances are cheap to replace, for one.. they are cheap and will not perform to their expectations (Their primary residence in Atlanta has all Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances). Most importantly? If they are not rated for outdoor use, their warranties will be void and life span will be short. While they will be in a covered area, they will be still exposed to heat, cold, rain and cross winds. Furthermore, average indoor appliances do not come equipped with covers (etc) to protect them from debris … to say the least.
- If the desire for an oven is high? Invest in a Big Green Egg. Its an oven, grill and smoker. Worth every penny, just ask an owner. (Something they had already been considering)
- Bar area peninsula: 1) design 2 levels which are more friendly to entertaining. guests can stand or sit and socialize naturally. 2) design an island v.s. a peninsula to create better traffic flow for larger get-togethers
That is the beginning of this study, later this week appliances will be the first debate which will shape the design. Can't wait to cultivate their design to really meet their needs! Stay tuned… your thoughts, opinions and comments are welcome.
Next phase … the design and layout! http://designsbybsb.com/blog/?p=4196