Harmonize indoor and outdoor design – The Mercury News


It’s safe to assume that every new-home buyer wants a new roof over their head. But the roof doesn’t have to be limited to the house.

New homes are built for building memories, raising a family, entertaining the younger and older generations and even working five days a week. And in this week’s edition of maximizing the indoor-outdoor living at a new construction home, let’s explore outdoor structures and furnishings that can add flexibility and function.

Harmonize indoor and outdoor design – The Mercury News

Whether attached to or detached from the main house, outdoor structures can complement the outdoor space — and livability — of just about any type of newly built home that features access to the outside. Whether on a single level in a multiunit building, at a single-family detached home or in a luxury condominium complex, buyers can find or create outdoor space that offers some protection from the elements.

Roofing, pergolas or any of a multitude of overhead features make going outside much easier to do. Not only does coverage form a barrier between you and the elements, but it can simplify the effort of going outside.

If each time you want to go outside you have to blow off even the most-often used patio chairs and table, you’re not going to go outside as often as you’d like to.

Let the builder in on your visions from the start. While basic concrete patios and even balconies may be included, structures that attach to the house are considered separate. Letting the builder know you plan to create shade cover right away will help them and you plan better.

Consider pergolas, with or without canopy structures, that add a natural extension of the interior space without actually building a California Room or lanai. Ask the builder to recommend landscape and hardscape designers who can help you build this before the move-in date.

Pergolas can be covered with removable, weather-resistant canopies for even more shade.

Other options include galvanized tin roofing or roofing made of composite materials that extend outward from doorways. Some major brands offer kits made of aluminum or composite decking and include shade panels, rafters, beams and columns all in one pack.

Another simple choice for instant and easy shade while you’re still in the decision-making stage is to look for poles and shade sails. The poles will need to be well anchored — either in the ground itself, in concrete blocks or by sandbags — and the shade sails are easily removable and washable.

Screens and additional roll-up cellular shades can even be added to the sides of the structure.

A gazebo or two can go anywhere, whether on a patio, outside a doorway, in a corner of a lot or even on a large deck where extra shade cover is needed. Some gazebo kits come with seating already incorporated in the design; others allow you to choose your own seating and table configurations.

Think of the patio or balcony as an extension of the living room, kitchen, great room, master bedroom or whichever room or space that is adjacent to it.

It’s all part of a concept called biophilic design that is gaining new traction with homeowners, builders and designers. At its most basic level, biophilic design blends the connectivity of outdoors into indoor spaces.

Bring the inside out by selecting outdoor furniture constructed with durable solid surfaces and easy-to-clean fabrics that withstand changes in the weather.

Tie together both spaces by incorporating natural fabrics and colors from nature inside the home, its finishes and furnishings.

Choose transitional pieces that could go either inside or outside, including side tables, pillows, blankets, candles, place mats or even potted plants.

To create true biophilic design, be sure to incorporate potted plants in adjacent living areas both inside and outside the house.

Ferns and succulents, for instance, can thrive both indoors and outdoors. Using the same types of pots in the kitchen or great room as outside under the pergola, creates harmony and extends the feel of both the interior and exterior living areas.

Use the purchase of a new construction home as an opportunity to entertain not only in the spring and summer but in year-round conditions. Carving entertaining, relaxation and dining spaces out of the yard reduces the need to maintain and water lawns and adds flexibility for where to place other plants and living matter, including the people.

 

 

 


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