According to the 2008 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.
Canoga Park, CA (PRWEB) January 26, 2009
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 the 2008 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey, interest in outdoor living space has actually increased steadily over the last three 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 2008 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.
For more information or to purchase the book, go to The Green Scene's Web site bookstore. Scott Cohen will also host 5 free hour-long Webinars on March 4 & 18 and April 1, 15, & 29 from 1:00 Pacific Time. To sign up for the Webinar, click here.