Merging the Outdoors with Kitchen Design: Creating the Luxury Outdoor Kitchen Oasis

Combining outdoor in both indoor and outdoor spaces is a key request from homeowners in today’s building market. As revealed in a recent survey of architects, rooms that have seen particularly strong growth in popularity over the past year include outdoor living areas and rooms. Almost 63 percent of residential architects surveyed report that interest in outdoor living areas/rooms are increasing, while fewer than 2 percent report interest to be declining. The increased enthusiasm in outdoor living has pushed this special function room to the top of the most popular list.

Architects and designers are being asked to specify outdoor spaces, in particular kitchen spaces, that are not only functional but aesthetically pleasing. With the renewed energy surrounding biophilic design concepts, architects and designers must understand best practices for outdoor kitchen design, as well as appliance considerations that are available. Overall, the form and function of the outdoor kitchen space must be well thought out and designed in a way that promotes safety and wellness for the homeowners who enjoy it.

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Best Practices for Designing Kitchen Islands

A well-designed kitchen island is much more than an afterthought; preferably, it is an integral part of the kitchen’s ability to serve the occupant’s needs. Over the years, kitchen islands have evolved to offer homeowners and designers more than just extra counter space; instead, the kitchen island has become a unique opportunity for customization.

When specifying a kitchen island, the first step is determining the function of the island. The ideal kitchen island requires as much planning and consideration as the rest of a well-designed kitchen. This multi-purpose space provides designers with creative options, such as a cooking workstation, a prep workstation, seating for guests, a breakfast bar, or even home office area.

This course begins with an overview of the kitchen island’s purpose and then narrows down to best practices for specification of storage, countertops, and undercounter appliances, as well as lighting, ventilation, specialty appliances, and computer charging stations.

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Designing for a Lifetime: How to Specify Timeless and Trendy Products (Print Course)

This course will provide architects and designers with knowledge that will enhance their ability to identify key trends in kitchen design and product specification. Specifying products for clients that are both timeless and trendy drives client satisfaction and enhances the project portfolio.

By examining feedback from industry experts regarding the future of kitchen design, this course will demonstrate how to effectively incorporate space planning, appliances, connectivity, and technology into the project.

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Emerging Trends in Kitchen Design: Form, Function, and Features

Winners and judges from a global kitchen design contest were asked recently for their insights on luxury kitchen trends.

This course is based on the insights and observations of these professionals, both those who submitted kitchens and the judges who chose the winners. It also includes trends data from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, as well as the American Institution of Architects.

This course educates architects and designers about what award-winning kitchen design professionals in the field say are the most popular form, function, and features in today’s luxury kitchens.

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Modern Cooking Technologies for the Luxury Client

The purpose of this educational unit is to explain the modern cooking technologies available for the luxury client – especially convection, convection steam, and induction cooking – and how they can be used to prepare food quicker that tastes better and is more nutritious.

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Specifying for the Minimalist Luxury Kitchen: Aesthetically Pleasing, Technologically Advanced, Easy to Use

This course describes how kitchen styles have changed over the past 50 years and what demographic, cultural and social influences have brought us to this point. Based on insights from practicing kitchen designers, we look at the elements that make up a minimalist kitchen, including layout, styles, finishes and appliances.

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Specifying Luxury Kitchens in Small Spaces — For Apartments, Condos, Vacation Homes and More

This course has been designed to educate architects, designers, contractors and installers about Specifying Luxury Kitchens in Small Spaces. Primary homes are big and getting bigger, but there are many times an architect or designer is likely to encounter smaller kitchens. Small spaces can still have the upscale finishes, quality appliances and all the bells and whistles the luxury clientele expects.

Learn general design considerations for specifying smaller kitchens, refrigeration and cooking appliances that make most sense in a smaller space, and how to spread kitchen functions beyond the kitchen and into the rest of the home.

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Luxury Kitchen Specification For Aging in Place, Forward-Thinking Options for the Mature Client

This educational unit has been designed to educate architects, designers, contractors and installers about Specifying Luxury Kitchens for Aging in Place.

The need for kitchens with Universal Design, which are accessible for the greatest number of users no matter what their ability or disability, is spelled out. The percentage of the population over 65 is fast growing, and the vast majority of people want to stay in their homes as they age, but most homes are woefully inadequate to be safe and accessible for this population.

This course describes general design considerations to make a luxury kitchen suitable for all users, and indicates which features in cooking and refrigeration appliances are safe and accessible.

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Luxury Kitchen Ventilation: Healthy Indoor Air With Style

This course discusses the impacts of cooking on indoor air quality, and how those negative impacts can be lessened by proper ventilation.

We’ll discuss what to look for in specifying a ventilation system, and how to specify the best system for the situation. And then finally, we’ll take a look at the design options available.

The latter topic, the design factor, is sometimes the only thing considered. In this course, it’s the final issue we look at.

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Transforming the American Kitchen through Quality, Innovation, and Design (Print Course)

The economic, technological, and societal challenges new businesses face and how these businesses can learn from legacy companies that have survived and succeeded through the decades will be explored. This topic will be viewed, in part, through the lens of a kitchen appliance manufacturer who has played an integral role in moving an age-old industry forward through innovation, craftsmanship, and customer service. The evolution of the kitchen will also be examined, as well as the role innovation has played in transforming the kitchen from a utilitarian, sometimes dysfunctional space into the hub of the home.

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