Splendor in the Grass: Four Outdoor-Space Trends

California landscape designer Pamela Berstler shares four trends for innovative outdoor spaces.

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Wooden Outdoor KitchenHide CaptionShow CaptionA wooden structure frames this outdoor kitchen with stainless steel appliances, white sink, tile floor, and table and chairs. Hanging lanterns provide additional light.
2. The Outdoor Kitchen

Just as the kitchen inside the home provides the central gathering place for families and friends, the outdoor kitchen has become the heart of the garden. Appliances and finishes that used to be available only for interior applications have been perfected to stand up to the elements, so people are building significantly more elaborate and useful outdoor kitchen areas. Cooking outside actually becomes part of the entertainment, with rotisserie grills, outdoor taps and pizza ovens taking center stage.