Doing dishes is anything but a chore in this kitchen with a full wall of windows offering views of the Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., home's verdant back yard. White cabinetry and marble countertops are elegant without distracting from the beautiful scenery outside.
The homeowners wanted to create effortless entertaining space in the kitchen and easy access between the kitchen and the outdoor entertaining space, so designers created an island that runs the length of the kitchen. This island is complete with a breakfast bar that offers the home a casual dining option, while just behind it, a large, sliding glass door creates seamless transitioning between the two spaces and allowing the homeowners the choice between opening the doors for one large, indoor-outdoor entertaining spaces or two separate areas.
A deep farmhouse sink is a great place to prep fruits and vegetables in this kitchen. Cream cabinets pair with black countertops for a look that is beautiful and timeless. A large window above the sink brings in ample light and a lovely view of the backyard.
Designers used a wide range of materials to give this backyard a multi-dimensional feel. The space includes a gazebo, a patio, a deluxe outdoor kitchen. Guests can wander through the garden beside the stream or pull up a chair at the cafe table.
This modern outdoor dining area features a white dining table and matching chairs as well as a stainless steel kitchen and grill. Just behind the space an old iron fence was replaced with gossamer stainless steel cable.
This modern outdoor kitchen and sitting space is perfect for entertaining or quiet reflection. Concrete steps lead down from the stunning infinity pool, creating a backyard oasis with impressive views of the ocean below.
An outdoor kitchen and dining area are connected to a pool to make this backyard the perfect place to entertain on warm days, while an outdoor fireplace provides a toasty seating area for chillier nights.
This modern backyard is a study in geometry, with interlocking rectangles creating a series of outdoor rooms. An elevated platform on the rear of the garage creates a cozy living space with a fire pit. Meanwhile, a sleek concrete patio extends from the back of the house to accommodate an outdoor kitchen.
Preparing food outside is half the fun of having a yard. When you're designing your outdoor kitchen, think big: "Everything in the outdoor kitchen is big, from beverage centers to warming doors, through-the-counter trash chutes, griddles for pancakes for brunch, wok plates, smokers, rotisseries," says landscape artist Scott Cohen of The Green Scene in Canoga Park, Calif. Also, "make sure that the host doesn't have his back to the guests when he's cooking," he says.