With a sizable backyard and a love for entertaining, these Alamo clients wanted to build a covered outdoor kitchen, bar, and seating area in the limited space by the side of their pool.

There were immediate concerns about how to incorporate the two steps in the middle of the patio area, and the clients really wanted a bar that could seat eight people—including an additional seating area with couches and chairs. They were also looking to use the outdoor living space year-round. The kitchen needed to be easily maintained with ample storage. Last but not least, it had to look beautiful!

A 16 by 26 foot clear span pavilion was easily transformed into the perfect outdoor entertaining space. By using wrapped steel columns in the corners in six-foot piers, carpenter-built trusses, and no ridge beams, good space usage was created underneath the pavilion. The steps were incorporated naturally into the space to transition between the kitchen and the seating area. With a little additional flagstone work, the curve of the step was brought to meet the back island, which also produced more floor space in the seating area.

Two separate islands were created 
for the outdoor kitchen and bar area, 
built with galvanized metal studs to allow for more room inside the islands for appliances and cabinets. The islands were then covered with smooth-finish stucco and countertops with chipped-edge honed quartzite. Ceiling fans and infrared heaters were added for climate control, so these clients can enjoy their outdoor kitchen and bar area year-round, no 
matter the weather!


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