OUT­DOOR KITCHENS

Bring­ing fam­i­lies to­gether

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Contents - By BILL WEST – PRES­I­DENT, GARDEN LIV­ING

There’s a rea­son it’s the cen­tral hub of your home. A kitchen is the nu­cleus of any fam­ily – it’s where you bonded with your grand­mother while knead­ing bread or mix­ing cookie dough. It’s where your little ones sneak treats when they think you’re not look­ing. It’s where you con­soled your teen after their first heart­break.

Your kitchen is the heart and soul of fam­ily con­ver­sa­tions – over morn­ing cof­fee or an end-of-the-day glass of wine. From fam­ily get to­geth­ers to par­ties with friends, this is where you share birth­day mem­o­ries, where you toil over Christ­mas din­ner, and where you escape to in­dulge in a spe­cial treat after a hard day.

So, when you plan your out­door liv­ing space, your out­door kitchen should serve the same pur­pose as the kitchen in­side your home; be a cen­tral hub for your fam­ily.

As the say­ing goes, “form fol­lows func­tion.” For a great out­door kitchen that you will truly love and en­joy for many years to come, de­sign around “func­tion­al­ity.” In other words, around the needs of your fam­ily. And while all fam­i­lies have things in com­mon, there’s some key dif­fer­ences too. De­pend­ing on your fam­ily’s unique needs, there are four func­tional zones to a well-de­signed out­door kitchen that you should con­sider, and th­ese are: COOK­ING AND GRILLING AREA EN­TER­TAIN­ING AREA

PREP AREA SERV­ING/PRE­SEN­TA­TION AREA

Which of th­ese ar­eas you in­clude and how you lay each out are cru­cial to the de­sign of your out­door kitchen. If you get th­ese zones right you will ab­so­lutely love your out­door kitchen!

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