Column: Get grillin’, start chillin’


Commentary by Bill Bernard

I don’t know about you, but I truly enjoy firing up my grill and preparing a meal. If I had a grill station like this one, I’m not sure I would ever cook inside again.

This is a project we designed and constructed last year. The grill station is just one of three uniquely enjoyable spaces that make up this incredible outdoor living space. In addition to the upper-level grill station, there is a mid-level bar counter, and at grade is a travertine patio big enough to provide space for a dining table and a fire feature to gather around.

The grill station has an adjacent space with room for a couple comfortable chairs and a table. The countertop is big enough for meal prep and buffet service. Below the countertop, the grill station is enclosed with cementitious panels and horizontal bands of cedar trim. Built into the base of the grill station are a series of stainless-steel storage doors. Adjacent to the grill station is a screen panel detailed with horizontal cedar bands similar to the grill station enclosure. Above the grill station is an abbreviated cedar pergola that frames a view to one of the neighborhood’s common areas beyond.

When you add it all up, I think we’re approaching grilling nirvana.

Stay home, get grillin’


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