Are outdoor kitchens the new outdoor bathtubs? Another out-of-reach fantasy for those of us who live in colder climes?
There is something wonderfully irreverent about carrying out one of life's daily activities without a roof over your head; here's a roundup of five outdoor culinary spaces in climates ranging from near-tropical to Northern European.
Above: LA design collective Commune created this pergola-like outdoor kitchen in a remodel of a Buff & Hensman house in Nichols Canyon. (N.B. For more information, see Commune in Nichols Canyon, LA.) Photography by Richard Powers.
Above: A minimal outdoor kitchen in a Maine cabin, courtesy of Justine at Design Skool.
Above: Made of separate components, the WWOO kitchen by Dutch designer Piet Jan van den Kommer offers ultimate flexibility; for more on the WWOO kitchen, see The Ultimate Outdoor Kitchen. Image via vtwonen.
Above: During apple and plum picking season, the outdoor kitchen at Villa Else in the middle of Søllerød Nature Reserve in Denmark gets used for making preserves. Photograph by Stuart McIntyre via KML Design.
Above: Colorful chairs adorn the tables in this outdoor communal kitchen in the eco-resort at Onar on the Greek island of Andros (see more at Stealth Luxury on a Greek Island). Photograph by Christine Chang Hanway.
For more outdoor kitchens, see "Outdoor Kitchens from a Dutch Designer."
N.B. Looking for more outdoor inspiration? See 713 images of the Outdoors in our Gallery of rooms and spaces.