Create outdoor flow in your kitchen
Having an outdoor kitchen is great. It essentially gives you an entirely new room to entertain guests in, and allows you to cook in a whole new way. But finding the space and funds to fit a luxury item like an outdoor kitchen can be challenging to say the least. Enter the indoor/outdoor hybrid kitchen. From retractible windows to fully sliding walls, there are a number of ways of converting your indoor kitchen into a space you can use outdoors too.
Kitchens with patio-facing windows have an opportunity. Enlarging the window hole size and installing a bifold window frame will help the window open fully – converting the kitchen into an extension of the outdoors. Adding a small bar counter beneath the windowsill allows guests to chill outside while engaging with the cooks inside the kitchen. This also allows the persons in the kitchen to get a sense of space and inside/outside living. The bar can also double as a serving space for buffet-style meals.
Take the fold-away window idea to a new level by opting for bifold doors to the outside. These doors can essentially make entire walls disappear – creating uninterrupted flow between the kitchen and outdoor space. If you’re cooking, you can open up these doors to get the feeling of cooking outside, and make the transition between the two spaces feel seamless. Opting for a pivoting door will also work well to make your wall disappear and essentially turn your home into a backyard.
Install a long run of lower cabinets – spanning from inside to outside. Then divide the space with a full-glass retractible door. The effect will make the space look like a single room – yet one half of the space is completely outdoors. This is a particularly good option for city dwellers who don’t have the luxury of sprawling lawns and acres of green space. Work with what you have, and use the cabinets to draw the eye outside.