With the spring only a few months away, people are starting to think about how to bring outdoors and indoors together better in their homes. Having what’s called “indoor-outdoor flow” is a great way to increase the functional space in your home without paying tens of thousands of dollars on an extension. Flow is the idea that you can bring your indoor and outdoor areas together seamlessly. But is it possible?
It turns out that there’s a lot that you can do to improve indoor-outdoor flow on your property. You want a space that you can use many times every year – every day if possible – not just a couple of times when you have guests over the in summer. The key to a successful indoor-outdoor space is to make sure that it can be used for most of the year.
Keep It Covered
Temperatures might be balmy, but if it’s raining outside, you’re not going to want to spend time in your outdoor space: that is unless you have a covering of some kind. We’re not talking about installing a permanent, insulated roof here; just a simple wooden roof would do the trick. You don’t have to construct permanent walls to hold it up either: a series of posts would do the trick. Great for the summer, these rooms have the potential to be used all year round.
Level It Out
The idea of creating great indoor-outdoor flow is to make the transition between outdoor and indoor spaces as seamless as possible. Steps, ledges, and lips destroy this flow, emphasizing that the two areas are separate. Stuff like that should be avoided at all costs.
Successful outdoor spaces are built at the same level as the indoor space, whether decking, patio or another surface (some designers keep the flooring the material consistent both indoors and out).
Invest In Sliding, Glass Doors
If you’ve ever seen a great-looking indoor-outdoor space, you’ll notice that the designers pay a lot of attention to the separating doors. Ideally, the door should fold out of the way when the space is being used. Companies like Erie Construction can offer more information on patio doors, but the principle remains the same: entries should not be an impediment to flow. Glass doors are particularly appealing because they give you the sense that your indoor and outdoor spaces are still connected, even when you don’t want to go outside.
Milk Your Views For All They’re Worth
Spectacular views are rare, so if you have one, milk it for all it’s worth. Great views complement indoor-outdoor living spaces perfectly, giving you yet another reason to use the space.
Ideally, you’d orient the doors and the rest of the space to face the view. With glass doors, you can enjoy the views from the inside too. Try to keep anything from impeding the view, like a wayward tree.
Indoor-outdoor flow can be hard to achieve, but with the right approach, it’s something that most DIY enthusiasts can do themselves. With the proper setup, your home will feel amazing to live in.