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.

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze design considerations for outdoor kitchen specification that incorporate biophilic design concepts, and occupancy needs for comfort, wellness into the outdoor living experience.
  • Explore design options, such as materials, placement, layout, and appliances that enhance the occupant experience in the outdoor kitchen environment.
  • Identify design best practices for outdoor kitchen installation including safety considerations for occupants of all ages and abilities, use and care of outdoor products to enhance well-being of the occupants, and upkeep of the appliances to ensure long-term usage.
  • Examine an outdoor kitchen case study where outdoor kitchen design best practices enhanced the safety, well-being, and outdoor living experience of the occupants.

Prerequisite Knowledge: Basic knowledge of best practices for outdoor kitchen design.