Monday, May 19, 2014

Design ideas for outdoor entertaining

Having close family ties is a Filipino value that has been passed down through many generations. Grown children often still live at their parents’ house until they get married. Once they move out, it is not uncommon for children and grandchildren to visit the patriarchal home on a weekly basis. 

For cooking enthusiasts, the kitchen is as much a part of the entertaining process as the living and dining areas.

Thus, the Filipino household has also evolved with these values and traditions in mind. Family bonding time usually comes in the form of dining together. In a Filipino home, entertainment areas, whether in the form of a separate formal dining room or an outdoor dining area, are definite must-haves.

Check out these creative ideas for outdoor entertaining... 

Open plan

If entertaining is your foremost goal, an open plan layout is perhaps the most flexible option. Indoor open plan areas should ideally  create a free-flowing space from the living area to the dining area and kitchen. 

To accommodate outdoor entertaining, consider large sliding doors that separate your indoor and outdoor dining areas. If you have more outdoor space, your living area may also be extended from the indoors to the outdoors. This way, you’ll have an open plan layout with a smooth transition from the indoors to the outdoors.   

Kitchen bar

For cooking enthusiasts, the kitchen is as much a part of the entertaining process as the living and dining areas. The most coveted kitchen feature for cooks is a bar area facing a central cooking station or prep area. You can also achieve the same layout while incorporating the outdoors. Instead of having the bar area indoors, place it outside, flushed along a kitchen window. Opt for sliding windows that can instantly open up your kitchen counter onto the bar counter. 

Outdoor entertaining

Having an entertainment area completely in the midst of the outdoors also has its benefits. The ambiance is certainly different. It can evoke a refreshing summery vibe if you place it near the poolside. Meanwhile, those who have a lush garden may opt to fill a gazebo with a dining set or seating area for a 360 view of your garden landscape. 

The possibilities are endless if you choose to have your entertainment area in a completely separate structure from the house. 


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