Apr 212017

“Congruence” is a word which means when something is in harmony with it’s surroundings – it looks ‘right’. This awesome outdoor BBQ island, built by our customer Kress Barton, is a stunning demonstration of how brand-new panels can absolutely be in congruence with their surroundings.


Outdoor BBQ island built from a wooden frame and finished with stacked stone panels to match a Southwestern style home.

In this case, Kress needed to revamp the outdoor eating area of his beautiful southwestern-style home. His original BBQ has begun to rust from exposure to the elements, and there was a lack of counter space and storage.

The solution to that was building a whole new outdoor kitchen – but the challenge lay in creating one that would match the patio’s wooden supports and adobe-style walls of his home’s exterior.

BEFORE: With his rusting grill and lack of furniture, you can see why Kress wanted a proper outdoor eating solution.

BEFORE: With his rusting grill and lack of furniture, you can see why Kress wanted a proper outdoor eating solution.

That’s where the panels came in – Norwich Colorado Stacked Stone in the Fresco color. Manufactured from polyurethane foam, these panels are molded from real stacked stone, capturing every detail of the original surface. They are then detailed with a ‘fresco’ hue that perfectly matches the grays, browns and reds of southwestern rocks.

Kress built his kitchen out with a traditional wooden frame, and then covered it with the panels – easily cutting them to size with a regular wood saw to make space for the stainless kitchen hardware and storage.

Patio of southwestern style home with new outdoor kitchen including BBQ island with a faux stone finish.

With Kress’ brand-new grill, sink and storage, the whole project is incredibly practical and looks fantastic – but more than that, the choice of panels makes the whole set-up blend perfectly with the existing decor of his home. It’s the very definition of ‘congruence’ – with new guests being unable to tell that the beautiful new kitchen is a recent addition.

In all honesty, its these sort of projects that are some of the most exciting for us to highlight. It’s easy to design a project that ‘wow’ – but to design one that blends in seamlessly, while enhancing the surroundings, takes true flair.

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