Hubby is considering a nice size cabana/tiki bar area to be built alongside the deck of our above ground pool. We have enough other projects we should be doing, but his one seems to be pulling to the top of his list. We've been dreaming up all the things we'd like to include in this build and one of the things I'd like to have is an icemaker. We've talked about having a small refrigerator already, but I'm a frozen beverage kind of gal and hate the idea of running to the house for more ice all the time. Last year we just went back and forth to the kitchen (our first pool season) and we got tired of all the water being brought in by people too impatient to dry off a bit before running inside.... Plus, an outdoor bar space would just be so nice for our entertaining.
I was wondering if anyone has any experience with stand alone ice makers. We won't have room for a standard fridge/freezer combo. I've considered a countertop ice maker, but for the cost am not sure about them. Don't know if they kind of ice they make would make a nice blended beverage or not. Also not sure about them keeping up. Just noticed that there are units that are the size of an apartment fridge, but very few reviews on them and they all seem to make the large crescent cubes... which my magic bullet has a hard time with.
Any suggestions or reviews of ice maker possibilities are much appreciated!! Also, anyone who has an outdoor space like a cabana... any must have's or ideas welcomed to