Beyond Barbecue — Outdoor Kitchens Come of Age

Maybe it’s our pioneer heritage, or just the spectacular mountain backdrop, but Colorado cooks rarely pass up an opportunity prepare meals in the open air. Whether it’s simple burgers for the family or an elegant repast for a party crowd, outdoor cooking is our year-round passion.

But cooking alfresco shouldn’t sacrifice convenience and versatility. That’s why Infinity Homes made sophisticated outdoor cooking facilities a central feature of its 2002 Parade of Homes models, the Tango and the Monticello. According to Dave Stienke, president of Infinity Homes, each home offers a unique ambiance, but they share a common thread — a bow to Colorado’s outdoor lifestyle. “The kitchen will always be the heart of the home,” Stienke says, “but the days of the backyard charcoal grill are gone forever. Discriminating cooks demand the very best in home appliances, indoors and out.”

To meet those expectations, Infinity Homes’ designers came to Roth Concept Center in Denver, an exclusive showroom featuring the latest innovations in refrigeration, cook tops, ovens and ranges, dishwashers, and laundry equipment.

Both model homes are built around spacious kitchen and family areas opening to broad mountain vistas. For the Tango model, with its lively but elegant French-countryside façade, and the Mediterranean elegance of the Monticello, Infinity’s designers selected the Sub-Zero 690SS side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with water and ice in the door. These capacious stainless-steel refrigerators offer a full 28 cubic feet of storage. Both homes will have 48-inch Wolf stainless-steel ranges with a convection oven with infrared broilers and one standard oven. The ventilating hoods, also from Wolf, provide brilliant lighting on the cooking surface, heat lamps to keep foods warm, and powerful multi-speed blowers to whisk away smoke and odors.

But from the backyard chef’s perspective, the culinary piece de resistance will be the built-in Wolf outdoor grill. Billed as “giant cooking performance in a 36" package,” the grill is constructed of heavy-duty stainless steel, customized with two side burners for full-scale cooking. Its standard features include a 115-volt rotisserie and an infrared rear burner that starts cooking the moment it’s switched on. Plus, there’s plenty of storage below for all the outdoor cooking utensils.

Infinity Homes, an award-winning residential and commercial builder, operates in Colorado out of its Greenwood Village offices. Participating in this year’s Parade of Homes is especially rewarding to the company. Says Steinke, “Infinity Home Collection is truly honored and excited to be featured as a builder in the 2002 Parade of Homes at Daniel’s Gate. Few communities are blessed with the natural terrain, beauty, and views inherent in Daniel’s Gate, and we at Infinity are excited to unveil a revolutionary ‘custom alternative’ home series in this magnificent Colorado setting.” More information about the company can be found on its Web site: http://www.infinityhomecollection.com/

To see the Monticello and Tango model homes, with their state-of-the-art appliances from Sub-Zero and Wolf, visit the 2002 Parade of Homes in at Daniels Gate Castle Rock, opening August 31. For an even broader array of the latest in distinctive appliances, visit the Roth Concept Center showroom at 685 South Broadway, next to Wells Music and just two blocks north of I-25 at the Lincoln/Broadway exit. Ask for a personalized appointment or visit the showroom to learn more about Sub-Zero and Wolf products and see the appliances at work. Builders, architects, designers and consumers are all welcome. Call 303-214-1439 to set up an appointment, or stop by between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

 

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