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.

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U-Shaped Outdoor Kitchen
Photo by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Cater to a Crowd

Chefs love U-shape kitchens for good reason: Everything’s within easy reach, and the open workspace allows busy hosts to mingle with guests.

• Keep the mini-refrigerator and other appliances under the counter so they don’t block the ocean view.

• Design a countertop that serves double duty as a prep area and dining surface. This broad concrete counter accommodates both the chef and an appreciative audience.

• Umbrellas provide affordable (and portable) shade. Measure your seating area and size your umbrella accordingly.

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