Warm and Functional, Grand Pergola, Stone Grill Island, Outdoor Living in the Big Heart of Texas

With outdoor kitchens coming in all shapes and sizes, there is a solution for every homeowner to match their personality and lifestyle.  This large brick home in Texas has efficiently extended their living space outdoors with a minimal footprint and smart design.  A large concrete slab begins at the back door under the second-story overhang and extends into the backyard for the grill island and outdoor furniture. A large pergola is used to provide shelter from the hot Texas sun and as a striking fixture of warmth and beauty to offset all the brick and concrete. The outdoor kitchen is constructed of a semi-attached island that uses one side of the patio, keeping the other two sides open into the yard. Built close to the home allows the space to be used in conjunction with the indoor space when the outdoor temperatures soar in the summer months.

The outdoor kitchen immediately catches the eye with a giraffe-like flagstone pattern that is asymmetrical and colorful. The uneven edges and shapes offset the brick construction of the home and the smooth seamless concrete slab.  The kitchen is attached at one end to the exterior of the home making it easier to run utilities.  A built-in 32-inch TRL Grill from Summerset Grills provides the firepower, while built-in refrigerator and ice chest are a welcome amenity on hot days.  Matching stainless steel cabinet and drawers provide necessary dry storage for supplies.  The island is capped by dark reddish-brown granite countertops that are rustic with rough edges, providing needed counter space for grilling and serving. Everything is here for a relaxing day in the shade with great barbecue and refreshing drinks – this is what outdoor living in Texas is all about.

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