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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Designing Outdoor Living Spaces: Well-being, Sustainability, and Material Selection

Outdoor living spaces have the potential to contribute to human health and well-being through biophilic design. By choosing the appropriate materials and systems, particularly for decks and porches, outdoor living spaces offer benefits beyond aesthetics and can further help meet sustainability goals. Lifecycle, safety, and eco-friendly materials should all be considered when designing for outdoor living.

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Privacy and Protection: Using Motorized Retractable Screens to Blend Indoor and Outdoor Living Spaces

The move toward healthy homes & buildings has pushed design professionals to blend indoor/outdoor spaces and increase the number and size of exterior openings. As the trends for outdoor living continue to be a top consideration for homeowners, motorized retractable screen specification provides an option for building professionals to help clients maximize their livable space while managing daylight, solar heat gain, and ventilation.

These screens benefit occupancy wellness by providing excellent thermal benefits, airflow, and the ability to control humidity. This course will provide an overview of motorized retractable screens, discussing the design and installation requirements, the different applications where these screens can be used, as well as the thermal benefits of using solar mesh and clear vinyl options.

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Exterior Porcelain Pavers – The Ideal Option for Exterior Paving

2cm porcelain pavers are an innovative product of the tile market, introduced in the past five years. The product was developed to compete with traditional exterior hardscape surfaces. The 2cm (3/4") thickness, as opposed to a typical 3/8" thickness, allows the product’s use in more application types and with superior performance measures.

This course will compare and contrast 2cm porcelain pavers with other hardscape substrates, and provide an average cost analysis of materials, proving that 2cm porcelain is the ideal option for exterior paving. After taking this course, landscape and hardscape designers will be able to make an informed value judgement based on performance, life cycle, and cost.

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Designing Building Spaces that Integrate Building Design and the Outdoors with Oversized Fenestration Products (Print Course)

Finding ways to bring the outdoors inside is a modern building design trend that continues to influence the specification process. Consumers’ desire to blend nature with the built environment incorporates a desire to increase the amount of natural lighting and nature inside the home or commercial space.

Research continues to evolve demonstrating the need for nature to be incorporated in the built environment, not simply as a luxury, but as an investment in health and productivity. Mounting pressure for building and design professionals to not only meet LEED standards and current codes, but exceed them, continues to leverage the need for sustainability, green building manufacturing, and products that address the needs and wants of the consumer.

Up until recently, it can be said that only luxury markets could afford the type of oversized windows and doors that permit the most amount of sunlight due to intricate design, complicated installation, and maintenance of oversized windows and doors. However, new products on the market are making this design and lifestyle trend more accessible and with more choices than ever.

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Motorized Pergola Systems: Optimizing Outdoor Spaces in Hotels, Restaurants, and High-end Residential Projects

This course will examine the ways in which motorized pergola systems can help to create memorable, adaptable outdoor spaces. The health benefits of being outdoors, as well as biophilic design in hotels, restaurants, and high-end residential projects, will also be discussed.

In addition, the course will help learners determine the ways in which retractable and louvered pergola systems provide solar protection and adaptive lighting for outdoor spaces.

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Designing With Nature In Mind

Welcome a new shift in design, where architecture and nature unite. Homes are built into landscapes, rather than overtaking nature, and incorporate elements of the earth into their design, promoting peace, creativity, and inspiration.

Building materials, such as architectural stone veneer, are being used indoors and outdoors to reflect the qualities found in nature, including symmetry, surprise, and well-being.

Not only does architectural stone veneer bring the beauty of nature into residential and commercial spaces, but it’s also a sustainable alternative to other building materials; it can be recycled, lower transportation and labor costs, and earn LEED credits. It is regulated by strict industry standards, providing durability and versatility, all while offering nearly limitless options in color, texture, look, and use.

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Deck Covering: A look at the why's and what's

When building a deck, you have a few primary considerations to maximize its usefulness. This course looks at the following considerations: Waterproofing, Slip resistance, Splinter-proofing, Maintenance, and Aesthetics. We'll take at a look at different types of coverings, their lifespan, and advantages and disadvantages to using it for your deck covering. Finally, this course takes a closer look at installing a vinyl deck membrane, focusing on the details around the seams, drains, posts, and edges.

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Specifying Large Scale Living Green Walls

This course discusses the proven benefits of exposure to nature, the ways living green walls contribute to LEED and other green rating systems. The heart of the course is a thorough examination of the different types of living green walls available, how systems are designed, installed, and maintained, and how they can be tailored to each individual situation.

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Aluminum Railing Systems for Commercial Projects

When designing and building a multifamily structure or other commercial project, outdoor railing is an important consideration. While railing’s key purpose is safety, you must also keep in mind other factors such as aesthetics, cost, and durability. The purpose of this course is to help you make the right choices for your railing project that will result in a long-lasting product that is safe, beautiful, and cost effective.

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