Many of us are facing economic hurdles that prevent us from building or purchasing larger homes. Our current properties no longer seem to meet the functional needs of our families and ourselves.
So I invite you to consider expanding your home’s capacity from the inside out. With thoughtfulness and planning, you could be living in a home you never dreamed possible until now.
INCREASE YOU FUNCTIONAL SQUARE FOOTAGE BY GOING OUTDOOR
These are some of the initial questions we ask when starting to plan an outdoor space. Where is it going to be? What is the use going to be or, how will space be used? How many people will it service? How is the space going to be defined? What is the character of the room going to be? Once we have answers to these questions, designing the outdoor room is well underway.
An outdoor room should be an extension of your indoor living spaces, to provide you with the perfect entertaining area for family, friends, visitors, guests or clients. These spaces can be furnished with stunning furniture, weather resistant cushions, colorful pillows, dramatic outdoor lamps, drapes and unique accessories allowing you to customize and personalize your space. These rooms should complement and blend harmoniously with your interior spaces to create a unified whole.
The first things to consider when designing your outdoor area, are to choose the right space and determine its new use. It is best to locate an outdoor room near to a building or residence it services. This will create a synergy between the interior uses and your new outdoor area. The use of the space will help determine its size. This is essential if the new outdoor room is supported by coordinating indoor rooms and services. This could include access to a kitchen, bar or restroom facilities.
Access to your new outdoor area should be simple, straightforward and safe. Visibility from the interior spaces will attract users outdoors and serve to remove any psychological boundaries of indoors versus out. The room should be located along an easily accessed path that is well lit for night time use.
There Are So Many Benefits To Making Better Use of Your Outdoor Space.
- It is far less expensive to create outdoor rooms than to add onto the structure of a house.
- Outdoor rooms are more easily adaptable to your family’s changing lifestyle needs.
- You and your family will benefit from receiving more fresh air and sunlight, and will experience a greater appreciation for your area’s natural environment.
- Using green walls to enclose your rooms can often screen from sight a not-so-lovely view, and act as a natural sound dampener from street and neighborhood noise.
Even a relatively small lot can yield tremendous room-creating potential.
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Bring the Indoors Out
As you explore the concept of adding fresh-air rooms to your home, you will probably see that many household activities can be conducted equally well indoors and out. This will guide you in the placement aspect of your garden room plan. For example, when preparing a meal much of the prep work can be done indoors, and the cooking and finish work out. When planning a dual cooking space, you would want to place them in the symbiotic relationship to your family.
Draw from the decorative elements of the interior of your home to establish the design of your outdoor rooms. If you have a modern interior, you will want a more streamlined look in your layout and planting scheme. A flowery, casual interior might call for more of a cottage feel. Also, keep your outdoor color choices to those that complement the pallet used inside your home. In this way, you are blurring the dividing lines between hard and soft-walled rooms, and your home will have the greater command of the property all the way to the boundary lines.
Bring the Outdoors In
It goes without saying that rooms overlooking a beautiful view are more compelling than ones that are not so fortunate. Not only does the light expand a room visually, but a well-framed view creates a ceiling-less focal point for the interior’s furnishings. Nature and the animation of wildlife and water visually reach in and touch the viewer with surprise. The placement of plants, indoor water features, and other “typicals” of your locale can additionally serve to connect the outside-in.
Expand your livable and usable space by providing for all the comforts of inside within the pleasures of nature. Outdoor rooms are great way to expand the use and enjoyment of your property whether it is a private residence