Lux­u­ri­ous out­door liv­ing spa­ces

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - HAWAII RENOVATION -

The trend to­ward out­door liv­ing spa­ces that mimic the look, com­fort, con­ve­nience and func­tion­al­ity of in­door spa­ces doesn’t have to stop at the back­yard grilling sta­tion. A grow­ing num­ber of home­own­ers are ex­plor­ing new ad­di­tions to their out­door spa­ces, in­clud­ing out­door show­ers and even garage en­ter­tain­ing ar­eas an­chored by sinks and wet­bars! While tra­di­tional plumb­ing tech­niques might once have limited just how homey you could make out­door ver­sions of kitchens and bath­rooms, mod­ern up-flush plumb­ing cost­ef­fec­tively solves many prob­lems. Above-floor mac­er­at­ing plumb­ing sys­tems, like those from SFA San­i­flo, USA, al­low the easy ad­di­tion of a sink, shower or toi­let out­side, re­gard­less of where plumb­ing lines are lo­cated in­side.They also elim­i­nate the need to cut through con­crete if you’ll be plac­ing your project in­side a garage or on a con­crete pa­tio. Fi­nally, the com­pact sys­tems fit per­fectly into smaller spa­ces, such as in­side cabi­nets in an out­door kitchen or in an out­door pow­der room. Here are three wa­ter- and drainage-de­pen­dent, out­door liv­ing fea­tures that are more pos­si­ble and pop­u­lar than ever, thanks to up-flush plumb­ing.

Kitchens

Out­door kitchens are in high de­mand, and have evolved to be true mir­rors of their in­door coun­ter­parts. In ad­di­tion to cook­ing fa­cil­i­ties, such as a grill, cook­top, or pizza oven, to­day’s out­door kitchen in­cor­po­rates run­ning wa­ter. While a sink is an ob­vi­ous ne­ces­sity in out­door kitchens, tra­di­tional plumb­ing can limit the lo­ca­tion, con­fig­u­ra­tion, size and ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the space. Up-flush plumb­ing af­fords home­own­ers greater flex­i­bil­ity in de­sign­ing an out­door kitchen.

For ex­am­ple, us­ing a Sanivite drain pump to re­move waste­water more than 150 feet hor­i­zon­tally al­lows home­own­ers to in­stall their out­door kitchen where they de­sire, rather than hav­ing to rely on grav­ity and grad­ing to move wa­ter.The pump is also ca­pa­ble of drain­ing up to three sep­a­rate fix­tures, mean­ing you can have a sink and a dish­washer in your out­door kitchen.

Show­ers

If you have a pool or are lucky enough to live near the beach, an out­door shower can keep sand and other messes from get­ting tracked into the house. How­ever, tra­di­tional plumb­ing prac­tices can limit where you can lo­cate your out­door shower. Up-flush plumb­ing sys­tems use pumps to move waste­water away from the drain, so you can lo­cate an out­door shower where it’s most con­ve­nient. Prod­ucts like the San­ishower fit into a small foot­print and its low pro­file is eas­ily con­cealed be­neath the shower floor.Yet the sys­tem can han­dle drainage of up to 20 gal­lons per minute.

Wet­bars

Whether you would like to add a wet­bar to a pa­tio or tucked into a cor­ner of the garage, up-flush plumb­ing can make the process easy and cost-ef­fec­tive. Above-floor plumb­ing can han­dle waste­water re­moval in spots where no drain is present or pos­si­ble.This means you can eas­ily in­stall a wet­bar on a wooden deck, con­crete pa­tio or any­where else where in­stalling a tra­di­tional drain would be costly and in­con­ve­nient.

This ar­ti­cle is cour­tesy of Brand­point.

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