Ideas for Outdoor Living

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Ideas for...Outdoor Kitchens

Alfresco parties are a lot easier (and more fun!) with an outdoor kitchen. These souped-up versions offer great ideas for designing your own dream space.

Outdoor Kitchen Built on the Back Deck
Photo by Lisa Romerein

Laid-back Dining

Not every kitchen needs a formal dining table. Ample seating around a coffee table gives this space a comfortable vibe. Eliminate stress over spills by upholstering with stain-proof fabrics.

• Install acrylic panels over an arbor to prevent downpours from spoiling the fun while allowing plenty of light to flood in on sunny days.

• Paint new brick the same color as existing brick for a seamless look. Using one paint color helps when you can’t match new materials with old.

• Position your kitchen close to the house so you don’t have far to lug groceries and supplies. Or, equip the outdoor room with its own refrigerator, dishwasher, and storage space.

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