When it comes to design, asking your clients the right questions is key to developing a space that meets their needs. Total Landscape Care‘s Jill Odom offers five topics to broach with homeowners who are craving an outdoor kitchen. First topic: where to locate it and how to keep it comfortable. “Depending on the area’s climate, you’ll need to discuss with your client adding elements to make the space pleasant for as many days of the year as possible, whether it be shade structures for sultry Southern areas or space heaters for cooler mountainous regions,” Odom writes. Propane-fueled patio heaters, fireplaces and fire pits are all options that can help you design an outdoor space for year-round comfort.

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