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stone and accented with a ventilation hood to exhaust smoke. A few stainless steel drawers beneath the grill store barbecue utensils. Nearby is a dining table accented with a chande- lier…"because we can," she says. Additionally, a lounging area features a fireplace and television. On each side of the room, expansive 12'x8' doors with screens complement the ceiling fan for additional ventilation. Bluestone pavers cover the floor and extend beyond the addition to the outdoor terraces, tying everything together. DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS Outdoor kitchens are, in fact, kitchens, and as such, follow many of the same design principles as their indoor equivalents. "Good design is basically the same outside as inside," says Taylor. "Regardless of its location, the space needs to function well. It's the concept of form follows function. It needs to work well first, then you can make it beautiful." Tumlin agrees, citing a few details such as ensuring enough counter space and considering kitchen flow…"just as we do when designing an indoor kitchen." Mangold adds, "There are a lot of similarities in how we think about designing indoor and outdoor spaces. However, I do think that outdoor spaces are almost more precious be- cause they are used less frequently. They are really an exten- sion of a client's home and how they live in it so we want to make sure to get it right." While comparisons can be made, designers note a few differences, such as the need to consider providing shade and respite from the elements for their obvious effect on personal comfort when outdoors. "UV rays also play a large part in making the right selec- tions for countertops, lighting appliances, storage and more," adds Tumlin. Additionally, outdoor kitchens typically have an increased emphasis on socialization, notes Taylor. "Sometimes socializa- tion is a component of indoor kitchens where the trend right now is to have a much more open floor plan," she says, "but it's always part of an outdoor kitchen. The kitchen will always be the epicenter or the gathering point, so incorporating guests and family in this area is very important." Ellefson agrees, adding, "Indoors we would have a kitchen that is open to a great room or family room. The same consid- erations should be given to the outdoors, since people want to be together." Ventilation hoods and abundant storage, both critical components in interior kitchens, are typically less important outdoors. The former are often eliminated entirely, except in more enclosed spaces where the effects of using a grill or smoker may not dissipate entirely on their own. The latter is frequently minimized given the challenges of storing sup- plies long-term in a place where there is limited control over climate, insects, dirt, etc. "Summer kitchens are less about storage and more about cooking and serving," says McFarland. "People won't typically store a lot outside because it's hard to keep anything long term other than a grill brush and maybe some towels and trash bags." "At the end of the day, it's outdoors," adds Mangold. "No one wants to pull out dishes that need to be washed anyway." McFarland also indicates that design considerations should address how the outdoor kitchen will be seen from inside the home. "You don't want to block any views," he says. "If you're looking out the windows from a living room, dining room or kitchen, you don't want to stare at the grill. Instead let nature, the sitting space, pool, landscape, etc. be the focal point. An outdoor kitchen needs to be beautiful and well thought out, and aesthetics are critical, but it isn't always the focal point. Sometimes, it's more of a sidebar statement." ▪ (Top) Many of the outdoor kitchens that Amy Mangold designs are so much more than just places to cook, such as this addition that not only includes a built-in grill, ventilation hood and stainless steel drawers, but also a dining table – accented by a chandelier – and lounging area with a fireplace and TV. On either side of the room, expansive 12'x8' doors, with screens, complement the ceiling fan for additional ventilation. Bluestone pavers cover the floor and extend beyond the space to the outdoor terraces, tying everything together. (Middle) When Jeremy McFarland designs a summer kitchen, he is cognizant of how its location and amenities will affect views from inside the home. For this home, he positioned the outdoor kitchen off to one side, thereby allowing the nearby pool to be the focal point as viewed from inside. (Bottom) Linda Sonders often uses more traditional kitchen cabinetry, such as in this space designed in collaboration with Arcadia Design and Waterside Builders, rather than stainless steel cabinets or a stucco or stone surround so the space feels like an extension of the indoors. Photo: © 2018 Bruce Van Inwegen Photo: Kerry Kirk Photography Photo: Naples Kenny Photography April 2019 • KitchenBathDesign.com 43

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