An indoor-outdoor living space sounds good, but like many renovation goals, it doesn’t always work out as planned. Perhaps it’s too exposed to the weather, or perhaps it just doesn’t have a great view. You want your investment in your indoor-outdoor space to pay off in a space that is a delight to use and easy to maintain. How can you ensure that your indoor-outdoor space is not only functional but also the centerpiece of your home?
Think About All of Your Senses
As you situate and build your indoor-outdoor living space, think about the overall experience that this space provides.
- Does it look good? What is the view from this space? Will you enjoy being here?
- Is it sheltered from the hot sun, the wind, and the rain?
- What is the soundscape like? Do you hear honking from cars on a nearby road, or do you hear the water falling from your garden water feature?
- Does it smell good? If you live in an urban area, you can disguise unpleasant smells by planting scented flowers around your space.
While these might not seem like large considerations, they make the difference between an indoor-outdoor space that’s pleasant and attractive to use and one that gets overlooked because it’s not enjoyable.
Consider Access to the Space
How do you access the space, and who needs to access it? Plan to not only have the right kind of space but the right amount of space in your indoor-outdoor room. Consider the following as you plan your indoor-outdoor room:
- How easy is it to access from the home? If it’s right off the living room or kitchen, your space will feel more usable to everyone. If it’s off the master bedroom, it is more of a private space for you.
- What does it overlook in the garden? For instance, if you want to be able to sit there and watch the children play, is there easy access that will allow them to run from the garden into this space?
- How many people can visit your space? If you’d like to use it for family gatherings or barbecues with friends, make sure that you have enough space to accommodate those groups, or it might go underused.
- How will people flow into, out of, and around the space? According to Better Homes and Gardens, “your outdoor living spaces will work better together if you establish traffic patterns. ”
According to Houzz, “don’t be afraid to invest in big openings between your indoor and outdoor spaces. Large pocket or accordion doors are a great way to blur the visual barriers between the two areas. ”
Create a Worry-Free Space
You already have your home to care for; how will you ensure that this new living space is a positive addition to your home and not one that involves a lot of new maintenance? Part of creating a worry-free space is about the materials you use and the infrastructure you create around that space. For example, if you’re creating a new deck, use high-quality decking materials that are easy to maintain so that you don’t need to worry about wood that warps, cracks, or needs to be cleaned all of the time. Add infrastructure around your indoor-outdoor living space. This might include an awning for weather protection or a gutter guard system that protects your outdoor room from overflowing gutters when it rains. As you install your new indoor-outdoor living space, place a priority on reducing the maintenance needs of that space so that you can enjoy it without worry.
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