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What is your ultimate outdoor entertaining
area style and why?
An outdoor kitchen. The key with professionally designed
outdoors kitchens is to combine sound landscape design
principles with the best practices of indoor kitchen design.
Apply good kitchen design principles for functional zones
of the kitchen.
Cold areas (refrigeration), hot areas (grills and
cooktops), wet areas (sinks) and dry areas (prep counters
and storage) must be allocated enough space and work
e ectively together.
What is the most important design aspect to
get right in the outdoor entertaining area?
When designing, consider the relationship between the
indoor and outdoor kitchen.
Ask yourself the following: How self-su cient do you
want the outdoor kitchen to be? How could they be used
together when cooking or entertaining? What is the
tra c pattern between them?
Cost aside, what is the dream feature
of the ultimate outdoor entertaining area?
A full bar that is attached to the kitchen provides great
enjoyment and entertaining for family and friends to relax
and unwind. Build your dream custom-made bar.
What materials do you recommend using
when creating/designing this look?
Select low-maintenance materials designed to withstand
the rigours of an outdoor kitchen.
High-quality stainless steel provides a sanitary surface
and is easily cleaned and corrosion-resistant in harsh
Compressed fibreboard is also an easy to maintain
material, as well as stainless steel and natural stone
How can people incorporate this style of
outdoor entertaining area without a total
renovation? What are simple ways to create
your chosen style?
Complement the design of your home. The outdoor
kitchen should complement the architecture of the home
and the landscape by using compatible materials and
incorporating subtle architectural details.
Try not to isolate the outdoor cook from the rest
of the party. Create opportunities for interaction and
conversation within the outdoor kitchen and between the
outdoor kitchen and other living areas.
Alfresco Concepts, 35 Vinnicombe Drive Canning Vale,
(08) 9256 1884, www.alfrescoconcepts.com.au
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