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Book from Acclaimed Garden Designer Shares Secrets for Stunning Outdoor Kitchens and Barbecue Counters
In Scott Cohen's Outdoor Kitchen Design Workbook, the two time Masters of Design Award winner combines his unique creativity and construction expertise into a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind resource packed with fresh ideas and how-to instruction.
Cohen, whose work is featured frequently on Home and Garden Television (HGTV) and in numerous national books and magazines, offers a true "workbook" that not only inspires readers, but guides them through the entire process. Beautiful color photography illustrates Cohen's innovative use of recycled materials, expert detailing and artistic techniques.
Included are demonstrations of Cohen's special methods for creating cast in place concrete barbeque counters accented with fiber optics and casting glass to add colorful detail to barbeque counters.
The book's layout guides and templates allow users to visualize their new space. Templates are scaled to represent grills, tables, barbecue counters, outdoor seating, fire features, and the other elements that shape
today's backyards. Readers can avoid costly mistakes by experimenting with different layouts and testing designs on paper before they build.
Cohen's book comes at a good time as demand for outdoor living space continues to rise. According to a recent American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey, interest in outdoor living space has actually increased steadily in recent years, even while homes are getting smaller. Many homeowners are looking for ways to expand and upgrade their existing space as an alternative to purchasing new property.
"Outdoor kitchens seem to be nearly recession proof," says Cohen. "Outdoor improvements also offer a big return on the investment." "According to the AIA report, outdoor room additions can increase home value by 15 to 20 percent and they typically return more than 100 percent of their costs."
The trend toward staycationing is another reason for the increased interest in outdoor living as more Americans choose to spend their travel dollars at home. Outdoor rooms give people a fun and relaxing place to enjoy their
leisure time without having to leave the yard.
Scott Cohen's Outdoor Kitchen Design Workbook promises to be the ultimate resource for building a backyard barbecue destined to become the favorite neighborhood hotspot.
Also check out The Big Book of BBQ Plans, a compilation of 70 detailed plans taken from Cohen’s own portfolio. Every page features a new project with clearly illustrated layouts, accurate measurements and specific guidance on the materials needed to complete the job.
"Like others across the country, we're seeing a large demand from homeowners who want to expand their existing living space with outdoor amenities," says Cohen. "For many, it all starts with outdoor cooking and entertaining. Each project includes the careful attention to detail Cohen is known for.