This is the time of year that we can use our outdoor spaces as extensions of our homes. Whether you live in a beautiful beach community in sunny California or New England, we all thrive when we’re connected to the outdoors. In fact, it’s even scientifically proven that we’re happier when we are part of nature. So, get inspired by these awesome, outdoor living rooms and see if you can incorporate some of these design ideas into your own backyard.Cover design by Hutker Architects
A Room OutsideThis self-contained backyard is the epitome of outdoor living. The yard is just an extension of the main home. And the side and back fences define the space, making it feel like a room without a roof. In bad weather, the beautifully landscaped space still acts as the visual extension of the interior living room. Design by Yamamar Design
Modern, Simple, and PureThis outdoor space designed by Hariri + Hariri Architects reflects the overall design of the home. Clutter is left out of this minimal design and lets us focus on ourselves – kind of like a spa retreat.
Outdoor Spaces – Making Connections
Although this breakfast nook is technically inside the home, the design makes us feel that we are directly connected to the outdoors. Simple windows with minimal sight lines allow the view to flow easily back and forth. Here’s a design tip: our eyes see through dark objects easier than light objects. Hence, the dark window mullions and frames almost seem to disappear. Design by M. Elle Design
Add a Roof to Define Outdoor Spaces
This terrace design by Matt Fajkus Architecture incorporates a beautifully crafted pergola as part of the design. This pergola does two very important things. First, it provides the necessary shade for warm Austin afternoons and second, it defines the outdoor space. Our brains perceive the “roof” overhead and we feel like we are in a room – just a clever extension of the main living space.