Kitchens are where everyone gathers, mingles, and lingers during parties. But to achieve that kind of appeal outside means expanding your outdoor living space. To draw a crowd—and keep them entertained—requires a bit more than plopping down a table and a few plastic chairs. A basic island is an efficient design that leaves out the complexity of curves and angles. Guests can relax on one side while you're cooking on the other, so you feel as though you're part of the gathering.
Find out how to take the kitchen outside in How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen