Poolside entertaining: a resort-style outdoor kitchen project


Perfectly encapsulating the spirit of resort-style living, this poolside outdoor kitchen is truly all-inclusive

There is truly nothing like entertaining in the great outdoors. For these homeowners, building the ultimate space to unwind and socialise was also the perfect way to take advantage of the stunning cliffside views in Mt Eliza, on the Mornington Peninsula.

As severe winter winds whip waves off the wet edge pool, the entire space can receive a soaking – meaning that building a poolside kitchen which can also withstand the elements was a priority. LimeTree Alfresco’s PVC weatherboard cabinetry with marine-grade fixings was the ideal solution; weather-protective while also guaranteeing a stylish finish that adds to the resort atmosphere of the space. The outdoor kitchen truly evolves into its own self-sufficient space with two floating U-shaped islands, a stunning Smeg Marine-grade Stainless In-bench Barbecue with stainless cookware and burners, as well as two 3-door alfresco beverage centres, a Franke sink & mixer tap and a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher.

To tie the whole space together and create that resort look, six metres of poolside cabinetry surrounds with room to store the outdoor lounge cushions. Anodised aluminium frames with Perspex-brand inserts in shadow grey blend nicely with the client’s 40mm granite benchtops that match the wet edge surrounding the pool.

With a quarter century’s worth of experience designing, constructing and installing outdoor kitchens, LimeTree does more than just extend our living spaces; the company adds functionality and value to our homes. “We provide the centrepiece to any great outdoor entertaining space: the cooking centre,” says LimeTree director, Adam Douglas. “A custom-built outdoor kitchen will add value to any home. With the right design and inclusions, it becomes its own self-contained mini kitchen adding plenty of entertaining flexibility to the homeowner.”

Collaboration is essential to the construction process, and Adam ensures the homeowners are involved every step of the way. “We offer quality 3D-rendered images and plans with each quote,” he says. “We also have an extensive range of outdoor appliances that we can offer in packages.”

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