As homeowners continue to find new ways to add value to their homes by creating more functional space, the popularity of outdoor kitchens is on the rise says AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Ph.D. Hon. AIA. Kitchens have become a hub for the home, and homeowners want to bring some of that activity to their outside space.

That was last year’s news. Since then, homeowners have been working with architects and designers more and more to bring these outdoor living spaces to fruition. And, within those spaces, they want well-equipped entertainment areas including outdoor kitchens that offer more than a stand-alone grill.

To ensure you are the expert your clients expect, there are accredited courses available for outdoor kitchen design. For many professional architects, engineers and interior designers, continuing your education to earn CEU credit is a requirement to renew and maintain a license. For others, taking these courses is a core component of career success. Luckily, there are a variety of formats available to access CEU classes. These include webinars, podcasts, websites, presentations, conferences and Lunch ‘N’ Learns. Some are free, some may be discounted.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchens offers two design CEU courses available on the AECDaily website – Outdoor Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Cabinetry and Outdoor Amenity Space Solutions for Hospitality, Commercial and Multi-Family Applications.

The non-brand specific courses address various types of cabinetry available with a focus on stainless steel, kitchen components and outdoor kitchen design principles and considerations. Both continued education courses are accredited by a number of organizations including the AIA, IDCEC, ASID, ASLA, NKBA among others.

Since selecting outdoor kitchen cabinetry and appliances that meet a client’s needs – including budget, landscape, and climate concerns – can be challenging, Outdoor Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Cabinetry explores the design of safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen and living areas for residential environments. It presents the various types of cabinetry solutions that are available, with a focus on stainless steel as a positive alternative. Included is a synopsis of outdoor kitchen sustainable design principles and considerations, as well an overview of cooking appliances and available design elements.

The second course, Outdoor Amenity Space Solutions for Hospitality, Commercial and Multi-Family Applications reviews the trends in outdoor amenity spaces in hospitality, commercial and multifamily developments with a focus on the use of stainless steel cabinetry in outdoor kitchen design. Included are discussions on outdoor kitchen components, mobile food and beverage service carts and the post and panel system (PPS) developed for multifamily applications.

Prefer a face-to-face of the above professional development program? Email us at marketing@danver.com for a Lunch ‘N’ Learn. We’re here to help!