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By Daniel Keeley | Photos by Chadwick Turner

Thrill of the Grill

An urban oasis

It isn’t often you find a secluded and amenity-filled refuge in the middle of downtown Fayetteville, but that is exactly the case at the setting for this year’s Thrill of the Grill gathering. Like many families during the COVID-19 pandemic, these clients sought to transform their underutilized outdoor space into a retreat they could enjoy without ever leaving home.


After a lot of planning, which included working within strict city guidelines, the result is a multiuse space that provides solace, entertainment and functionality. The pool and spa, which take center stage, were carefully integrated into the small space and serve double duty as a soothing water feature while the three-season pavilion and grill area are the perfect spaces for hosting family and friends.

We just love this urban oasis and think you will agree it is the perfect place to enjoy some thrilling grilling!
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On a newly expanded deck, the dining table is located conveniently between the house and grilling area. Individual trays allow for flexible seating arrangements throughout the garden. With shatter-proof dinnerware and cordless lamps, setup and cleanup are easy and worry-free.

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The oversized grill counter provides an abundance of space for meal preparation and serving. Custom cabinetry offers plenty of storage for grilling essentials. 

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The raised spa, water-feature wall and dark blue plaster transform the pool into an inviting oasis. Natural stone unites important vertical elements of the design and blends seamlessly into the surrounding landscape.

Home Pros: DK Design; Urich Custom Home Electronics; Krystal Klear Pools

The pavilion, which mirrors the house and preexisting detached garage in style, anchors the far end of the backyard and provides privacy screening from the alley beyond.

Inside the pavilion, there is ample seating for gathering around the fireplace, and additional heaters mounted overhead help keep things warm on chilly evenings. Multiple dimmable light sources help set the mood — whatever the occasion. Custom-built sideboards offer storage as well as a nearby spot for serving drinks or appetizers. Faux windows help break up an otherwise plain wall and let in natural light.

The native stone fireplace features a custom mantel and a storage cabinet that keeps a television hidden and protected when not in use. 


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