The interior and exterior of the house are spaces that are traditionally decorated to feel physically and mentally isolated from each other. Fortunately, this narrow view is falling out of fashion, and new home improvement trends are emerging. Instead, homeowners are taking an “inside-out flow” approach to exterior design and remodeling. This philosophy brings the living room to the outside and the backyard to the dining room.
Want your home to be bigger and more welcoming? Use these five tips to make this home improvement trend work for you!
Add a terrace or patio
One of the easiest ways to remodel your home to reflect an indoor-outdoor flow is to add a deck or patio. You might prefer a patio if you live on rough terrain, as they would be easier to set up than a patio. A patio can also dramatically increase the resale value of your home. A patio works best if it’s built on relatively flat ground. It is also the more affordable of the two options.
Whichever you choose, it will be an ideal starting point for creating a living space that integrates easily.
Decorate using a common theme
Besides using living room furniture outside, why not use a similar color theme? Color can be one of the easiest ways to psychologically connect two areas together. Use similar furniture and the colors give the impression of an area of the house naturally, rather than ending abruptly, as you walk into the adjacent outdoor space.
Build an outdoor kitchen
Many homeowners believe that backyard cooking is all about barbecuing during the summer months. But building an outdoor kitchen makes it a hands-on activity, whatever the occasion. Some of the more thoughtful additions work as a second kitchen area. Be sure to hire a contractor with experience in adding rooms to your home to make that “outdoor kitchen” a favorite part of your home.
Keep the weather in mind
One of the main reasons for an indoor-outdoor disconnect is that one space involves weather issues, the other is usually lacking. Still, it is possible to reshape while making the elements work in your favor. An east-facing terrace will make breakfast a pleasantly warm affair and provide a shady getaway during the much warmer afternoon. It is also better to go for interior appearance furniture that is resistant to wind and rain.
Add special doors to bring the outside in
The most effective tool for adding interior-exterior flow is to use special doors. While a traditional door further divides the exterior and interior spaces, these doors are created with this particular construction style spirit. Popular choices include two- or three-pane doors, sliding glass doors, and roller shades.
See Your Entire Home Space As One Unified Living Space Indoor-outdoor flow is easier to achieve when you view your entire home as one unified space. When planning your new home improvement project, you should consider hiring a contractor who is experienced with this new trend. Many general contractors across the country are well trained in this new home improvement trend and can address any renovation concerns you may have. Choose one that specializes in adding parts for your building needs.