Open-Air Harmony

Overlooking the Tennesee River, this outdoor area is much more than your typical balcony or porch. The builder and architect came together to create a destination perfect for entertaining a crowd or seeking a relaxing moment in an intimate niche. A large outdoor kitchen is carefully laid out for functionality and features state-of-the-art stainless steel appliances. The patio was originally intended for a commercial application, so builder Chris Sterchi used natural materials such as exotic Kumaru hardwood for the doors and combined gray strip rubble with charcoal Tennessee limestone in the kitchen. These materials add warmth and break up the austerity of the existing concrete patio. “Entertaining guests in the outdoor kitchen overlooking the Tennessee River is cool enough but the added elements of the fire table and the water feature really appeal to the senses,” Sterchi says. “I think you get an unexpected sense of harmony just being present in the space.”

Sterchi Construction | Architect: Michael McGauen, River Street Architecture | Stone: Isaac Whitson, Sterchi Construction

Cabinetry: Sterchi Construction | Appliances: Ferguson | Concrete Countertops and Fire Table: Set in Stone

Photography: Med Dement