This lake house retreat in Indiana provided the clients with a unique alternative to the typical Chicago rooftop deck. The design incorporated the deck into the natural surroundings while creating a true chef’s kitchen that fully functions outdoors. High-end outdoor appliances and plenty of marble countertops helped to ensure that there are never too many cooks in the kitchen. The party could also flow a few steps down into a comfortable seating area with a firepit. Well-placed floor lighting along the stairs ensured safe footing while string lights offered a cheerful feeling throughout the night.