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Landscape Designers - How to Plan an Outdoor Kitchen

March 2, 2023

Donna M. Skolnick

Donna M. Skolnick

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Hey Landscape Architects! Are you planning on designing an outdoor kitchen?

Then, it's crucial to start by thinking about its layout and design. According to a study by Hsiao et al. (2018), a well-planned outdoor kitchen with a clear layout and efficient workflow is key to its success.

The study analyzed different outdoor kitchen designs and found that the layout significantly impacted the kitchen's functionality and efficiency. For example, an L-shaped kitchen layout was found to be the most efficient, as it provided the best workflow and minimized walking distance between different areas of the kitchen.

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Furthermore, the study also highlighted the importance of zoning in outdoor kitchen design. Zoning refers to the separation of different areas in the kitchen, such as cooking, food preparation, and cleaning. By zoning these areas, the kitchen becomes more organized, making it easier to use and maintain.

In addition to these practical considerations, the study also noted the importance of aesthetics in outdoor kitchen design. By using materials and colors that complement the surrounding landscape, the kitchen can blend seamlessly into its environment, creating a more cohesive outdoor space.

So, if you're designing an outdoor kitchen, make sure to start by thinking about its layout, zoning, and aesthetics. By doing so, you can create a functional and efficient kitchen that complements the surrounding landscape.

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