Indoors, the kitchen serves as the heart of your home. Outdoors, it can be equally central. So, though you may be tempted to site your outdoor kitchen on the periphery, there are both practical and aesthetic benefits in placing it front and center. For instance, a conveniently located alfresco cooking station is easier to keep stocked. Likewise, a house-hugging outdoor kitchen doesn't compromise your natural surroundings, leaving you free to enjoy them equally well from both the house and your outdoor space.