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While location will always be the factor that most influences home prices, modern architecture offers plenty of options for homeowners who want to make their properties more valuable—and more enjoyable. Pools and hot tubs are still popular, but new trends, such as outdoor kitchens, are a new frontier in home design that is redefining casual cooking and social events.

When most people envision cookouts, there’s usually a grill—maybe some lawn chairs and a pool—but outdoor kitchens take the experience to the next level. Tile floors, granite countertops and outdoor cabinets that comprise stainless steel come together to develop a sleek way to enjoy the backyard.

In New England, the trend is booming. Perhaps this is because there are so many luxury homes in the area. Many celebs live in Connecticut, a state that’s home to one of the leading manufacturers of outdoor kitchen cabinets: Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens. For more than 15 years, Danver has been improving the craft of designing outdoor kitchen cabinets, and its progress shines through in the company website’s photo gallery.

Stainless steel appliances offer a sleekness that complements almost any style, and their weather resistance makes them perfect for outdoor kitchens. Granite countertops, tile floors and stone walls add a refreshing authenticity to the look, but it’s the overall design that really sets these kitchens apart.

While lots of counter space and deep sinks make food preparation more convenient, the matching bar area offers houseguests plenty of reason to smile. Add a view, pool or hot tub to the mix, and it’s amazing that these outdoor concinas are just now becoming popular.

Ceramic Glazed Lava Stone Offers a Taste of Italy

For centuries, Italian kitchen design has been a major worldwide influence. Unique uses of ceramic glazing is one of the country’s most popular aesthetic contributions, and today, glazed lava stone is becoming a fixture in luxury kitchens.

Lava stone is popular for both indoor and outdoor décor. Multiple colors and dynamic designs are available, allowing homeowners to easily customize the look. There are multiple finish types available, including metallic and matte, and Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens offers more than 30 glazing options.

Adding to the versatility of glazed lava stone, the slabs can be cut and finished in almost any profile. Each design and finish offers a unique brilliance and depth. This material is also maintenance free and scorch proof.

Modern architectures are always experimenting with new, creative home designs. The outdoor kitchen allows them to blend artistry with functionality to make the perfect addition to any luxury residence.