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There's nothing worse then being stuck indoors
playing hostess, preparing food and drinks,
while your guests are entertaining themselves
on your alfresco area.
Outdoor living is an increasingly popular trend that
is suited to Australia's climate. Combining the two
environments is easy to achieve. Here are a few ways to
make your indoor/outdoor experience more enjoyable
and functional by suiting your lifestyle and budget.
People don't just want to grill and barbecue, they want
to properly cook and entertain guests outside. This is
resulting in alfresco areas turning into multi-functional
cookeries. If block space permits then a fully equipped
kitchen will allow you to entertain guests and enjoy the
evening without having to run inside every few minutes
to grab plates, napkins and kitchen utensils.
When choosing a kitchen to suit your lifestyle, take
into consideration what type of entertaining it needs to
Ric Piil, from Alfresco Kitchens, says your outdoor
kitchen should be designed so that it invites guests to
gravitate to the cooking zone to join the host.
"Outdoor kitchens are all about bringing family and
friends together," says Ric. "A cleverly designed outdoor
kitchen can dramatically increase a home's available
entertaining space, and its resale price, so design is critical
in the project process."
During the design stages of your alfresco kitchen, take
into consideration the flow of tra c between the dining,
cooking and pool areas. Keep the alfresco kitchen close
to the house to strengthen the relationship between
the inside and outside areas, and minimise the distance
between the two kitchens.
Your outdoor kitchen can incorporate the same fittings
and finishes as an indoor kitchen if the area is weather
protected. Sue Jensen from Dean Kitchens recommends
keeping the colour palette and materials light and bright.
"Keep materials consistent with the inside and outside
areas so the design flows between the two spaces,"
she says. "If you use stainless steel in your kitchen then
continue the trend outdoors, this rule is the same with
benchtops. If you use stone then continue the flow
outdoors and vice versa."
The ultimate functional and practical kitchen includes
amenities such as cabinets, refrigerators, dishwashers,
a double sink, shelves, a wine rack, and built-in bins.
This means you don't have to enter the house during an
evening of entertaining.
"In almost all cases, our clients are looking for
a versatile cooking system which includes a barbecue
and convection hood for roasting and a side wok burner
for preparing marinades and seafood dishes," says Ric.
"The other two options that are almost always included
are a sink with hot and cold water and refrigeration.
These items make up a complete second kitchen for
An outdoor kitchen is all you need to extend the
usage of your alfresco area all year round. By building
it under cover you can introduce more features and
elements such as a fan and heater.
STRAIGHT FROM THE OVEN
Don't restrict yourself to only using the barbecue,
wood-fire ovens are a standout feature in any
entertaining area and are great for creating an
instant buzzing atmosphere.
The ovens can be used for more then just
cooking pizzas, they can bake, barbecue or roast
a wide variety of food.
Wood-fired ovens are available in a range of
models and sizes to cater for your budget, lifestyle
Durable, easy to install and low maintenance,
the ovens provide a centrepiece in any
entertainment setting and are an a ordable way
to cook and operate.
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