OUTDOOR KITCHEN OASIS

by ALAENA HOSTETTER / photography by HOLGER OBENAUS

BEFORE OPENING, MORE THAN 10 years ago, one of Southwest Florida’s first companies dedicated to creating outdoor kitchens, Matt Chadwick, founder of Chadwick Outdoor Kitchens in Naples and Bonita Springs, Florida, was an architect who designed custom homes in the area.

His background in architecture provides Chadwick Outdoor Kitchens with an upper hand in the market. The company produces beautiful custom outdoor kitchens for any budget that are impeccably designed and executed, thanks to Chadwick’s specialized training and knowledge.

“Before I started Chadwick Outdoor Kitchens, there wasn’t a single source for high-quality outdoor cabinetry and appliances in the area. Many builders would have the indoor kitchen company in charge of the outdoor kitchens, but they’re not well versed in outdoor cabinetry, grills or pizza ovens, so in many cases they’d install indoor cabinetry outside that would just rot away within a few years,” says Chadwick.

All the products carried by Chadwick Outdoor Kitchens are designed specifically to withstand the elements for decades to come. The company offers an array of cabinetry products, including Danver’s Brown Jordan line of powder-coated stainless steel cabinets; NatureKast for a wood-mimic cast resin; Parapan’s super high-gloss acrylic; and Nautilus, the company’s own line of locally manufactured weatherproof polymer, which comes with a lifetime warranty, that Chadwick developed specifically for the industry.

“If you look at any other manufacturer of polymer cabinets and then look at ours, there’s a clear difference in the quality and the design elements. We’ve created a real recessed panel with a variety of moldings and line work,” Chadwick explains. “We’re bringing an interior kitchen level of detail to the outdoors.”

The process of designing an outdoor kitchen begins with Chadwick and his team visiting the client’s home to take measurements and see their design style. “We look at the architectural details of their home, color choices, furniture and interior kitchen design. From there we can help guide them,” Chadwick says. “We want their outdoor kitchen to look like it was part of the original design.”

A site visit helps Chadwick narrow down the plenitude of cabinetry options for his customers once they visit the showroom to see the goods in person. Then he considers the homeowner’s entertaining needs and what the outdoor kitchen will be used for primarily.

“Do they want a bar? Do they have large numbers of guests? Do they use a caterer for entertaining? If so, I want to set it up for a pro, with more countertop space, a variety of cooking surfaces and warming drawers,” says Chadwick.

That helps guide not only the layout but also the appliances they might need—the basic trifecta being a grill, refrigerator and a sink. Top sellers include Lynx grills and the “gourmet” $18,000 grill manufactured by Kalamazoo that burns a variety of fuels, including wood and gas. “They make the best grill in the world,” Chadwick comments. A bonus: Chadwick Outdoor Kitchens offers a price-match guarantee on all of the appliances it supplies.

Other available items include pizza ovens, side burners, oval-shaped kamado grills from Italy, Japanese-style teppanyaki griddles from Germany, plus outdoor fireplaces and more. Chadwick Outdoor Kitchens has even been called upon to construct pergolas for overhead shelter.

“We can really do anything,” he says. “It’s easy to get lost, but we’re here to help refine the little details for our clients. Our competitors don’t care to get that detailed or really know how.”

From there, Chadwick sketches an expertly planned kitchen. “We layout every inch of it in a detailed set of drawings,” he says. Once a design is finalized, a 3-D rendering is created.

Outdoor Kitchens provides is thinking outside the box. One local homeowner wanted to construct an outdoor addition to his home with a solid clay tile roof and stucco-clad concrete columns. However, the build was out of budget.

“We suggested a pergola with motorized louvers that can rotate closed into a solid roof,” Chadwick explains. “This saved him a lot of money. It’s also all metal, so you don’t worry about the heat of the grill.”

Chadwick Outdoor Kitchens also custom fabricated cabinetry for another client who wanted mirrored door fronts on their outdoor cabinets. “We ordered paneling from a cabinet company and coordinated with a mirror manufacturer,” Chadwick recounts. “We don’t just install stock materials, we create new things out of them.”

Chadwick says when he started the company, no one was doing what he was doing—marrying outdoor cabinetry with outdoor cooking appliances. “Now, outdoor kitchen companies are all over the place,” he says.

Chadwick Outdoor Kitchens’ background in architectural design and access to the highest quality cabinets and appliances allows it to rise above the rest. “Our clients appreciate our sense of design,” Chadwick says. “We’re very creative, and we really think about our clients’ needs and make it happen on time and on budget.”

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Alaena Hostetter is a content strategist, editor and journalist who writes about art, design, culture, music, entertainment and food.