Welcoming Guests: ACS

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This outdoor kitchen just might beg for your attention with custom designs, user-friendly elements, and amazing personal touches that take outdoor entertaining to a delightful new level.

Story by Ann Butenas   |   Photo Courtesy of ACS




No, this is not a new local restaurant with an amazing outdoor dining area. This is the backyard of an Overland Park residence. The homeowner, known for frequently hosting guests because of her career in the public eye, decided it was time to establish a backyard gathering spot that would support her love of entertaining. Designed and constructed by ACS Concrete | Construction, an award-winning commercial and residential concrete construction design/build firm, beauty, warmth, and dimension are at the heart of this project. With its meticulous matching of elements to the existing space, the design blends seamlessly with the architecture of the home.

The covered kitchen area is a hostess’ dream, with its stainless steel sink, trash container, storage drawers, outdoor refrigerator, kegerator and large green egg smoker set directly onto a lowered granite shelf. Design elements include stone veneer on the face of the bar, honed granite countertops, vaulted pine ceiling, and integrated accent lighting.

On the other side is the wood-burning fireplace with an integrated wrap-around stone bench. Taking center stage is the custom-made water and fire feature, where gas burners and a waterfall with glass mosaics partner up to mesmerize and delight.

“Light from the fire feature dances off the glass mosaics at night,” noted Beth Dringenberg, Lead Designer with ACS.

Stamped concrete throughout adds a touch of class while having the middle section raised lends effect and enhances with its stained border. Faux wood outdoor tile on the covered patio leads into the back of the home.

“This was truly a custom project,” said Dringenberg. And the end result speaks volumes.

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