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A great alternative to building the complete kitchen is
to install a customised kitchen island. Kitchen islands are
functional, quick and easy because they are modified to
cater to your needs and can be placed wherever suits.
If you want to incorporate the outdoors with your
kitchen but you're happy with your current barbecue
and grill, then consider the layout of your existing inside
kitchen. What way is your kitchen facing, the wall, the
dining room or the courtyard?
"Having large sliding glass doors that open onto
the alfresco area are great for opening the kitchen and
combining spaces," she says.
There are a variety of glass doors available that are
UV protected, lightweight and safe for high-tra c areas.
"Glass doors allow natural light to fill the kitchen and
create a harmonious flow," says Sue.
Glass splashbacks are a great design element in a
kitchen because they reflect the light, says Sue. "They give
the illusion that the area is bigger and brighter," she says.
For a welcoming kitchen, design it so the living, dining
and outside spaces all integrate. Sue recommends an
"L" shaped kitchen in comparison to designing a more
intimate "U" style design. "If you design an 'L' shaped
kitchen then you're keeping the area open," she says.
"Then if you need more space then you can introduce
an island or breakfast bar." An 'L' shaped kitchen allows
a natural flow between the areas of the house and can
easily open onto an alfresco area.
When selecting materials for the kitchen (either
inside or outside) incorporate compatible materials that
complement the architecture of your home.
CaesarStone is a popular product that is easy to clean,
and scratch and stain resistant.
Weatherproof materials can be incorporated in an
inside and outside kitchen linking to two areas.
"Options include benchtops and splashbacks in
granite, CaesarStone, ceramic tiles or stainless steel,"
says Ric. "Glass, stainless steel or mosaic tile splashbacks
combine for a stunning 'outdoor setting' style."
Ric also recommends finishing outdoor kitchen islands
in a texture finish render to blend in with existing external
walls, or contrast colour.
DON'T HIDE YOUR
KITCHEN DEEP IN THE
HOUSE, OPEN IT WITH
LIGHT AND DESIGN IT
SO IT FACES OUTSIDE
AREAS CLOSE TO
SLIDING DOORS ARE
THE KEY TO CREATING
AN OPEN KITCHEN
THAT FLOWS OUTSIDE,
SAYS SUE JENSEN.
Alfresco Kitchens recommends asking the following questions and following these design considerations.
• Where is the best position for your outdoor kitchen? Carefully consider your available space, intended usage
and other factors such as scenic views.
• Will you use the outdoor kitchen predominantly for small or large gatherings?
• What modules and operational features should you include?
• Think about available space, desired functionality and budget.
• What decor theme will fit best into your outdoor surroundings?
• Will you have permanent water and electrical connections?
• Direct connections are not only convenient but provide a limitless supply of water and power.
• Do you want a stand-alone kitchen?
• Does the design include cooking and barbecue appliances, sink and refrigeration?
Images from top: Yael K Designs; Ritz Landscaping; Dean Kitchens.
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