Serv­ing sug­ges­tion

Make eat­ing out­doors a breeze with an eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble kitchen servery win­dow, writes Robyn Willis

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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.

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