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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White and lightly lit open air kitchen surrounded by three walls that face an wood deck
Photo by Brian Vanden Brink

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Because a ceiling protects the wood cabinets and interior-grade appliances from the weather, this fully loaded kitchen has both indoor style and outdoor ambience.

• Maximize seating with a bar-height countertop and stools. Guests who tend to congregate in the kitchen can be near the action without being in the way.

• Paint walls and ceilings bright white to make your outdoor room appear larger.

• Choose furniture options that allow for flexibility. The covers on these director’s chairs can be easily replaced as they age or modified to suit the season.

• Mix up your flooring. Here, hardworking, easy-to-clean ceramic tile defines the cooking space, while decking sets off the dining area.

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