Make eating outdoors a breeze with an easily accessible kitchen servery window, writes Robyn Willis
As soon as the temperature starts to rise, our thoughts turn to eating outdoors. Whether you’re into entertaining or you just enjoy dining alfresco, having access to an outdoor seating set-up beats lugging everything you’ll need from the kitchen indoors to the garden outside.
While for some this dilemma has been solved by opening up the whole rear of the house or installing a well-equipped outdoor kitchen, not everyone has that option.
Increasingly, designers and architects are turning to serveries instead.
Holiday at home
When Lana Taylor, who together with Erin Cayless and Bonnie Hindmarsh make up Three Birds Renovations, was looking to renovate her own home, connecting the kitchen to the garden was a key concern.
They made the most of the covered part of their deck by adding a dining space as well as a servery with a stone benchtop that extends directly from the kitchen to the outdoor space and then adding a row of stools underneath.
A gas-strut window completely opens up the window, adding to the Greek island holiday vibe Lana was going for.
The interior living spaces were fitted out with mould resistant Gyprock Sensitive plasterboard.
The result is a compact but highly usable space that allows seamless interaction whether you are inside or out.
Open to ideas
Key to really making these spaces work is the choice of servery benchtop material and the type of window.
Look for a benchtop material that can withstand outdoor conditions such as sun and even rain but still look good indoors.
Hardwood or treated timbers work well with decks but engineered stone products and even Corian are another option if the budget allows. If you don’t have a fixed roof, consider an awning for protection.
When it comes to windows, bi-folds or casement windows are a popular choice because they maximise the opening.
Make sure it’s a generous bar with space enough for a few barstools.
Bi-fold windows are a popular choice.