The inside and outside of the home are spaces that are traditionally decorated to feel physically and mentally isolated from each other. Thankfully this narrow point-of-view is falling out of fashion and new home remodeling trends are emerging. Instead, homeowners are embracing an “indoor-outdoor flow” approach to exterior design and remodeling. This philosophy brings living room outside, and the backyard into the dining area.
Want your home to feel larger and more inviting? Use these five tips to make this home remodeling trend work for you!
Add A Deck Or Patio
One of the easiest ways to remodel your home to reflect an indoor-outdoor flow is by adding a deck or patio. You might prefer a deck if you live on uneven terrain, as they would be easier to install than a patio. A deck can also significantly raise the resale value of your home. A patio works best if it's built on relatively level ground. It's also the more affordable of the two options.
Whichever choice you go with, it will represent an ideal starting point for creating a living space that easy flows together.
Decorate Using A Common Theme
In addition to using living room furniture outside, why not use a similar color theme? Color can be one of the easiest ways to psychologically join two areas together. Using similar furniture and colors makes it feel as if an area of the house naturally, rather than ending abruptly, when you head into the adjacent outdoor area.
Build An Outdoor Kitchen
Many homeowners think of cooking in the backyard as something limited to grilling during summer months. But building an outdoor kitchen makes this a practical activity no matter what the occasion. Some of the more well-thought-out additions work as a second kitchen area. Make sure to hire an experienced room addition contractor for your home in order to make this “outside kitchen” a favorite spot in your house.
Keep Weather In Mind
One of the biggest reasons for an indoor-outdoor disconnect is one space involves weather concerns the other typically lacks. Still, it's possible to remodel while making the elements work in your favor. An east-facing deck will make breakfast a pleasantly warm affair and provide a shady getaway during the much-hotter afternoon. It's also best to opt for indoor-looking furniture that holds up to wind and rain.
Add Special Doors To Bring The Outside In
The most effective tool for adding indoor-outdoor flow is making use of special doors. Whereas a traditional door further divides outside and inside spaces, these doors are created with this particular construction style mind. Popular choices include bi or tri-fold doors, glass sliding doors, and also rolling blinds.
Think of your entire home space as one unified living area Indoor-outdoor flow is easiest to achieve when you think of the whole home as a unified space. When planning your new remodeling project, you should consider hiring a contractor who has experience with this new trend. Many general contractors throughout the country are well educated in this new home remodeling trend and can answer whatever renovation concerns you might have. Choose the one who specializes in room additions for your construction needs.