BRING THE HEAT
As people spend more on their outdoor kitchens, they want to use them for as much of the year as possible — no matter where they live.
Fireplaces, fire pits and heaters, either freestanding or wall-mounted, are good ways to extend the season for your outdoor kitchen. Outdoor pizza ovens also have become popular.
And grills have come a long way since the days when we poured lighter fluid on a pile of coals.
Fishburne says the new generation of outdoor cooks wants more than steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs. “They’re thinking about Korean barbecue,” she says, or asking, “How can I make breakfast outside?”
FRAME THE SPACE
Outdoor draperies can add privacy, inject color and pattern, and set off your dining area as a distinct space, Flynn says. They also can make a small patio feel larger, he says: If you hang curtains that are 7 or 8 feet tall, “you will emphasize the height of the space rather than emphasizing how small the footprint is.”
Pergolas achieve the same effect, and used together the two elements can create a dining area that feels luxurious, at minimal expense.