When you expand your living space outdoors, you maximize your home’s utility and expand its welcoming atmosphere. You must focus on creating a seamless transitional area, or indoor-outdoor connection, to really make the most of your living space expansion. You can easily incorporate smart design elements into your home to create this seamless transition from indoors to outdoors at various points in your home. Here are some design ideas to consider for your next remodel.
Create Unity Between Inside and Outside
Your transitional space should create unity between your indoor and outdoor living areas. As your indoor space stretches outdoors, make sure to create a seamless transition by using the same flooring materials, wall coverings or decorative elements. You may want to have steps removed in favor of a slight ramp to eliminate the visible boundary between inside and out. Your contractor can replace an entire wall with accordion or pocket doors, so you can open up your indoor space to the elements in an instant.
Embrace The Brilliance Of Natural Light
Your transitional space should have lots of airy windows to let natural light flow into your home. Skylights, picture windows, and floor-to-ceiling glass can brighten up the indoor space and make it feel like an extension of the outdoors. When you do open up your pocket doors, the transition to outside will feel completely natural due to all of the sunlight normally streaming into your home. If you do not have a lot of room, or just crave a little extra privacy, consider strategic placements of under cabinet or clerestory windows to bring light into your home.
Create Multiple Versatile Outdoor Living Spaces
Your outdoor living spaces should offer a blend of private and public retreats to support your every mood. Add a patio swing or garden bench to your front yard to have a place to greet neighbors, meet visitors or just wave to passersby when you are feeling social. Balance your outdoor space by placing a personal seating area into your back or side yard, so you can sit quietly in your own private retreat. You can use fire pits, hidden speakers, and shade structures to bring the comfort of your indoor space into your back, side or front yards.
Use Tried And True Architectural Design Tricks
You can expand tight indoor areas using architectural design tricks to create long lines of sight. Precise placement of windows and mirrors, for example, have the ability to trick the eye into seeing the room bigger than it really is. Your remodeling contractor can help you identify areas in need of a major renovation and suggest ways to open up the space.
When you are ready to remodel your home, contact our team at Lakeside Exteriors to set up a free remodeling consultation. We can renew or upgrade any aspect of your home’s exterior space, including your windows, doors, siding, and decks, to help you achieve your home’s remodeling goals.