FIREPLACE - MEDIUM BUDGET
Raffi and Anna Sayabalian love cooking and entertaining outdoors with their children, and they found a house in Woodland Hills, California, with a protected area where they can do it comfortably nearly every day of the year. The outdoor kitchen
had been created by Apolonia and Moe Barkhordar for their own young family, but a job change meant they had to sell the house. The Barkhordars had seen an article in Sunset featuring landscape designer Nick Williams's work and invited him over for a consultation. They asked him to develop a design but waited two years before building it, saving money for their dream space.
The Barkhordars extended the gable at the rear of the two-story home to shelter an elevated patio, complete with a raised fireplace (with a prefabricated firebox) and brick hearth, just outside the kitchen
. A tiled counter featuring an inset stainless steel barbecue and side burner runs along one end. The 12- by 14-foot addition features a curving peninsula edged with a built-in bench that projects into the rear yard.
A muted, rust-toned concrete stain lends a patina to the stuccoed front of the fireplace
, as well as to the concrete and stuccoed surface of the counter and bench.
DESIGN: Nick Williams & Associates, Tarzana, CA (818/996-4010)
Barbecue counter: $3,450
Barbecue and side burners: $3,500
(42-in.-wide unit, chimney sections, framing, stucco): $3,600
Patio cover (framing, skylight, composite roofing): $6,970
Extending patio at side: $2,200
Built-up peninsula (with 18-in.-tall seat wall): $2,200
TOTAL: About $30,000 including design fees and plants
The owners of the following kitchens rose to the remodeling challenge by blending old-time charm with a '90s sensibility. And the results are as warm and fresh as goodies from the oven.
When you choose your countertop, select a color and texture that compliments your cabinetry, floor or paint selection. Don't be afraid to combine two or more countertop materials in one kitchen.