Designing a Fully Functional Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking and eating outside are not only enjoyable, but contribute to good health and a good mood. Outdoor kitchens and outdoor spaces are growing in popularity, according to architects. But in order for the kitchen to truly serve the client, and add benefit to their lives, the space must be well designed for functionality.

The course will review the specifics for designing a successful and complete kitchen, including ascertaining the clients’ needs, assessing the site, determining the construction technique, specifying appliances, and making sure all the details of lighting, heating, cooling, and aesthetics are wisely specified. With intelligent and thoughtful design of a fully functional outdoor kitchen, you are likely to provide a place your clients will use and enjoy for many years.

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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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The Benefits of Outdoor Porcelain Pavers

Outdoor porcelain pavers produce an ideal solution for any outdoor space. Traditional outdoor porcelain tiles required installation on an adhesive or a mortar/cement base. With new, two centimeter porcelain tiles, the tiles can also be "dry installed" on a grass or sand/gravel base, or on support pedestals. Porcelain pavers combine beauty and high performance to provide an effective solution for endless outdoor applications. The durability, ease of install, and pleasing aesthetics make porcelain pavers an ideal solution. With their ability to withstand extreme thermal conditions, they are ideal for both commercial and residential spaces.

This course will provide an overview of outdoor porcelain pavers, discussing the wide variety of features and benefits, as well as the installation process and various applications where outdoor pavers can be used to great effect.

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