RESIDENTIAL CHURCH CONVERSIONContemporary Patio, Melbourne
Otdoor under cover dining with exterior kitchen
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Finally, think practicallyThink also in terms of practicality – when it’s cold you’re going to want to keep warm, even when you’re outdoors. Heating is a must, especially if you experience cold winters like I have when I lived in Canberra. Heating can come in the form of portable gas heaters, which are perfect for entertaining outdoors, and when not in use, can be stored away in the garden shed or garage. Or perhaps you could try a more permanent feature like ceiling radiator panels, which are turned on and off at a switch and can stay in place all year round. Now for the summer months, let’s get some ceiling fans in place. Set these over the areas where you’ll spend the most time – the dining table is a prime example of this.MORE INSPIRATION9 Tips for a Functional and Stylish Outdoor KitchenDream Spaces: 14 Fabulous Indoor-Outdoor Bathrooms10 Ways to Connect Indoor and Outdoor Areas
Extend dinnertime with a well-lit outdoor kitchenIf your barbecue area is separate from your patio seating area, consider subtly linking the two zones with lighting. Direct lighting is more important in the kitchen zone than mood, so go for an overhead option, like recessed lights or adjustable fixtures that can be pointed exactly where you want them to go.
2. Select all your appliancesBringing the kitchen outside needs to be well thought out – here, the barbecue-loving owner ticks off everything on the list. The outdoor zone boasts plenty of storage for kitchenware and food items, a gleaming barbecue with a hood, a bar fridge, a built-in sink and mixer with a pull-out spray nozzle, an effective exhaust fan and under-cupboard illumination for perfect prepping. You can’t beat that!
This alfresco seating area is underneath a portion of the new building that links the two structures. The cabinetry around the stainless-steel barbecue and sink is recycled timber.
11. Magnificent yet modestThe cupboards in this Melbourne exterior kitchenette are made of recycled Tigerwood flooring. The patio floor is an unsealed limestone tile that flows from inside and was acid washed to become non-slip. Learn more about this home here