March 21, 2011
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Floor Plans: Outdoor Entertainment Space Adds New Dimension to Lakeside Retreat
The Retreat at Flathead Lake in Somers, Mont. Photos: Roger Wade Studio, Inc.

When the owners of a home along Flathead Lake in Somers, Mont., approached the design-build firm Greg Bain & Company about creating an outdoor entertainment space, they specifically requested the inclusion of a kitchen and dining/gathering area that would enable them to prepare meals for friends and family while also feeling like part of the lakeside activities.

To meet that challenge, the builder/architect designed and positioned an outdoor kitchen on the main level of the home overlooking the beach, sunning deck and boat dock and adjacent to the main level outdoor living room. 

The outdoor kitchen earned Greg Bain & Company the 2010 Best in American Living Awards Platinum award in the Interior Design: Specialty or Outdoor Room category. 

The dining area seats eight.

Convenient and Impressive — With a View

The outdoor kitchen features a large DCS barbecue/grill with two oven drawers and a special drawer for seasonings; generous granite countertops; and a spacious granite island prep bar — all strategically centered on the water view.

Double bi-parting, 6-foot patio doors provide convenient access to the interior kitchen and dining space, making it short work for even the most involved meals for large gatherings of friends and family.

The low-maintenance kitchen features materials and finishes that protect it from the elements.

Low-Maintenance, Protected From the Elements 

While the low-maintenance kitchen is covered, the materials and finish were selected to further protect the kitchen from the elements.

The kitchen features stone tiled flooring and cabinet boxes built of marine-grade plywood with a marine finish. The cabinets boast scrub-planed, antique glazed cherry doors, and the pullout drawers provide perfect storage for the outdoor entertainment bar supplies.

The kitchen opens to an outdoor living room.

Efficient, Spacious, Flowing

The efficient kitchen design includes a corner sink, ice maker, large refrigerator, island prep bar and dining area for eight.

The space flows onto an expansive outdoor living room with access to the lawn and a beautiful stained and stamped concrete patio — which then leads to a generous lakeside deck and boat dock.

Outdoor, covered kitchen
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Features and Specifications

Design Team

  • Architect, builder and interior designer — Greg Bain & Company, Kalispell, Mont.
  • Interior Merchandiser — Debra Bain, Somers, Mont.


  • Covered kitchen
  • DCS BBQ/grill with two oven drawers and a special drawer for seasonings
  • Granite countertops
  • Spacious granite island prep bar
  • Marine-grade cabinets with marine finish and scrub-planed, antique glazed cherry doors
  • Corner sink
  • Ice maker
  • Large refrigerator
  • Dining area for eight

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