Being a smart consumer can mean many things, including choosing contractors who can complete projects that not only look great but also improve and enhance the way you use a space. This post from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) offers a few smart design tips for creating functional and inviting outdoor kitchen spaces. The NKBA suggests pursuing a design that allows “for multiple tasks to happen simultaneously” and “gives guests the chance to mingle and converse as the host finishes cooking.” Functionality should be a primary concern, and outdoor entertainment spaces should be designed to “eliminate the back-and-forth between indoors and out,” which will help keep your cooling bills from spiking during the hotter months of the year. READ MORE

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