As the summer and festive season are well and truly upon us we will no doubt be spending more time entertaining, or being entertained, outdoors with our friends and family. So we have put together some ideas to create beautiful spaces by integrating your indoor and outdoor living.
There are many ways to integrate the interior and exterior spaces of your home. One of the most direct is by opening a whole wall (or two) of a room onto your outdoor area. Often they will be glazed walls or doors that can open by a variety of methods including sliding, bi-fold and overhead folding doors.
Bifold windows can also be utilised to create a great link between indoors and out, they act well as a servery or bar.
There are many different types of sliding door that can create a beautiful opening to the outdoors, they are also one of the most cost effective in terms of large scale glass doors.
This sliding door track is recessed into the floor creating a seamless transition.
Sliding doors can also be retracted into a wall cavity to help create those clean and minimal lines while opening the space right up.
Overhead doors & windows
Seldom used, overhead opening windows and doors create a detail of interest and help to get them out of the way.
Another option in the glass door market is the pivot door. They are popular with architects for their stylish looks and point of difference.
Double height ceilings create volumes of light and airy space.
With large openings in the building structure and ample glazing these examples show a distinct Lightness of form.
Courtyard & Backyards
The stepped and elevated retaining wall gardens with cacti and succulents create a sense of drama and visual interest.
On a narrow block this simple floor plan flows from internal to external living then onto the lawn.
These two examples show how a pool can become a centre piece to an internal courtyard.
Greening a courtyard with plantings and foliage helps to break up all the right angles and flat planes. It also creates a lush and inviting area and softens the space.
Semi-enclosed spaces with warm and inviting materials create for a cosy and intimate outdoor area.
Greening the outdoors
While it is quite fashionable to make the outdoor living spaces a seamless continuation of the main living areas there is also a big trend for showing definitive change and creating a completely different mood by setting a very different space.
This outdoor setting has a distinct softer feel than the house and the chandelier creates a playful feel.
Dining under the leaves, a sublime and simple space for endlessly long family lunches.
The use of trees, wall ivy and pot plants in this small courtyard creates a curated green feeling, softening the edges of the space and creating a sense that the greenery expands beyond the courtyard.
A creative way of weaving the existing trees into the fabric of the building.
Capturing the view
If you are fortunate enough to have a stunning view you will certainly want to open up your living spaces to take in the scenery.