Living Your Best Outdoor Life

I recently attended an outdoor kitchen design event sponsored by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) and Arizona Appliance & Home. After seeing all the exciting outdoor designs—which showcased high-end appliances, kitchen cabinets, weather-friendly materials and much more—I was inspired to write this blog post.

Here’s just a taste of what has my imagination in overdrive:

  1. High-end appliances. Options such as pizza ovens (very popular), grills (Lynx), smokers, and wine refrigerators make your outdoor space an entertainer’s paradise.
  2. Fully integrated kitchens. There’s no need to make repeated trips to your indoor kitchen when you have cabinets for storage, a sink, and your desired appliances and tools in your outdoor kitchen.
  3. Covered entertainment areas. Inclement weather won’t put a damper on your outdoor events when you have a full bar, TV(s), gaming tables, and fireplaces/firepits that are protected from Mother Nature.
  4. Stunning materials. You have so many great choices, including Dekton quartz, which is designed for outdoor counters, floors and walls; expansive folding glass doors opening to the outdoors; and elaborate and fully functional ceiling fans.
  5. Water effects. Pools with waterfalls and spillover spas are just two water-focused options that add some pizzazz and fun to your outdoor space.
  6. Beautiful landscapes. Trees and blooming plants are an excellent way to make any space your own by adding a welcome design component from nature.


Diane’s take: Those of us who live in Arizona and California are fortunate to be able to enjoy the outdoors almost year-round. That’s why outdoor living is so popular in the Southwest—plus it’s a great way to expand your living space for entertainment and relaxation.

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