Gourmet Outdoor Kitchen- Naperville, IL

Designer: Diana Burton

The Setup

These homeowners had an outdoor kitchen built when they built their home several years ago. It was functional, but the aesthetic was underwhelming. The island was clad in the same stone that was on the house, and it had basic black granite countertops. They love to grill and host outdoor gatherings, so an upgrade was definitely in order.

Design Objectives:

  • Create an elevated outdoor space that aligns with the grandeur of the elegant home
  • Design of the new space should flow with the architecture of the house
  • Include a serving area with a beverage fridge, a sink, and a faucet
  • Allow for workspace in the grill area
  • Include island seating

The Remodel

Design Challenges:

  • Creating a layout that is in sync with the exterior architecture of the home
  • Sourcing the perfect state-of-the-art grill with all the latest bells and whistles, and placing in an ideal layout that maximizes functionality and hospitality
  • Specifying materials that will withstand the elements

Design Solutions:

  • A large curved island designed to mirror the curve of the home’s breakfast nook exterior
  • A separate sink area with a disposal and a beverage fridge offers a functional space for mixing drinks and serving food
  • Custom limestone posts echo the limestone details on the exterior of the home
  • Diresco Quartz countertops add elegance and durability – they are designed to be used outdoors in harsh climates
  • Decorative tile clads the sides and back of the island
  • A raised bed for flowers and herbs adds color and softness to the space
  • Undercounter lighting adds ambiance at night

The Renewed Space

From great backyard to true oasis – an outdoor kitchen makes makes elegant outdoor cooking and dining possible. The homeowners had their first outdoor kitchen cookout experience right away and report that they couldn’t be happier!

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Brand – Diresco

Type: Quartz

Color: Belgian Fog

Size of Space:
  • 29 x 31′
  • Kalamazoo 42″ Built-in gas grill
  • Marvel 24″ undercounter fridge
  • Franke sink & Faucet

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