Transitioning from Indoor to Outdoor Living Spaces
Over the past year, we have been spending a lot more time enjoying the great outdoors from home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends 87 percent of their life indoors. However, a new trend is emerging. From front porches to backyard outdoor living rooms, homeowners are seeking space and solitude outdoors. The health benefits of spending time outdoors are numerous; research shows that anxiety, depression, and anger are notably reduced after spending time outdoors. Using the design elements discussed below when building a custom home, we can help homeowners connect with nature by allowing sunlight to brighten interior spaces and expanding livable space outside of their homes.
To achieve a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living, and create the illusion of one space, consider the following:
Bring in the light. There is no better elixir than natural sunlight! You can easily bring more light into your home by removing walls and connecting indoor living spaces to already existing outdoor spaces (such as a patio or screened-in porch). Transforming fixed, non-load-bearing walls into expansive openings allows for improved flow and light within a home. And simply removing the visual and physical barriers of standard doorways allows for better enjoyment of living spaces, whether inside or out, any time of the year. In today’s design, there are many alternatives to standard doors and sliders, such as accordion walls. Accordion walls can be arranged quickly and easily to allow for maximum space and flexibility. Other possibilities include the addition of hinged or pocket doors.
Things are looking up. Ceilings are an often overlooked and underused area of your home. In fact, the ceiling represents a substantial portion of the finished area of a room and offers a lot of opportunities to add design and definition to an area. An example of this is incorporating a vaulted ceiling into your interior living spaces. Similar design elements can be used in exterior spaces to create a transition between indoors and out. An extended roof structure can provide protection for outdoor living spaces, such as outdoor kitchens and living areas. Accessories—such as light fixtures and sound systems—can also be added outdoors to help to complete this seamless transition.
Don’t forget to look down. Another secret to creating a uniform space is flooring. If you have hardwood floors indoors, choose a product to compliment them in your outdoor space. In addition, the indoor and outdoor floors should be at the same level. By following this simple advice, you will be able to enjoy a familiar environment with the added bonus of sunshine and fresh air.
Create a customized retreat. There is no better way to enjoy a summer day by the pool, autumn evenings roasting marshmallows by the firepit, or cooking dinner from the grill. To really blend your indoor and outdoor lifestyle, consider installing a full outdoor living area complete with cabinets, countertops, a cooktop, sink, and refrigeration—anything you can dream up, Artisan Builders can design and build.
Are you looking for inspiration for your indoor/outdoor project? Visit the Outdoor Living page on our website!