FIREPLACE - LARGE BUDGET
It's Tuscan and it's timeless. Mary Prchal and Jacque Ducharme's Healdsburg, California, outdoor kitchen
is a casual but elegant environment for year-round dining--they even have Thanksgiving dinner here.
The look is defined by the materials: stone columns, flagstone pavers, handhewn wood beams, terra-cotta roof tiles, and warm-toned plaster walls. But the focal point of the 16- by 22-foot kitchen
space is an elevated, wide-mouthed fireplace that rises from the tawny concrete counter. Having the fire at table height is as practical as it is romantic: The fire not only warms a late-evening meal and bathes the space in flickering light, it also serves as a place to cook pizza (using a gridlike Tuscan grill).
Situated between two columns, the fireplace
is flanked by a large soapstone sink on one side and a gas-fired barbecue with a side burner on the other; a cubby for wood storage is beneath. A pantry contains a full-size refrigerator, trash containers, and shelves and drawers for kitchenware. The 1,008-square-foot total structure, which also houses a bathroom with a shower and a sauna room for eight, truly is deluxe. It was built for approximately $250 per square foot.
DESIGN: Pamela Dreyfuss Interior Design, Santa Rosa, CA (707/525-1044); Exteriors Landscape Architecture, Santa Rosa (707/528-8696).
The marble countertops and tub surround are complemented by limestone floor and wall tiles. Tones in the mint green, harlequin-patterned wallpaper are echoed in a dramatic central crystal chandelier from Decorative Crafts with color accents.
Countertops New York
We installed engineered granite countertops in our kitchen in New York, and replaced the old sink with an engineered granite model.