, three budgets: from elaborate stone
pavilion to simple counter
Cooking and dining outside for much of the year is one of the great traditions of living in the West. But no time is more sublime to do it than summer, when warm days stretch into balmy evenings. On nights like this, we can't imagine turning on the oven. This is where the outdoor kitchen comes in: An icon of Western living, it's the ultimate barbecue fantasy, one that almost every homeowner has daydreamed about.
The outdoor kitchen means so much more than a barbecue with a prep sink. There are pizza ovens, griddles, infrared rotisseries, built-in woks, deep-fryers--you can customize your outdoor kitchen to suit the food you cook and the way you want to entertain. From fireplaces
to pop-up thin-screen televisions, the features are limited only by your budget.
Here are three alfresco kitchens that represent a range of options, yet share one common purpose: to bring families together for good times in a beautiful setting.
In the Kitchen - Granite Worktops. Granite is formed from molton rock over millions of years making it very hard, durable, scratch resistant and an ideal material for the demands of a busy kitchen.
The marble countertops and tub surround are complemented by limestone floor and wall tiles. Tones in the mint green, harlequin-patterned wallpaper are echoed in a dramatic central crystal chandelier from Decorative Crafts with color accents.