Photo courtesy of Cosentino
Photo courtesy of Cosentino

Wow Your Clients with a Seamless Transition

Merging a home’s indoor living area with the outdoors has received a lot of buzz in recent years. What is more invigorating in the morning than to breathe in deeply the fresh air of a new day? What is more soothing in the evening than the gentle murmur of an outdoor fountain? Increasingly, homeowners who spend their workday surrounded by four walls want the opportunity to relax and entertain guests in a more natural setting at home. 

This objective may be accomplished in several ways, such as incorporating sunrooms and three-season porches. But completely opening up the walls of a home to an outdoor living space creates a unique experience. Visitors to a home like this expect to arrive eventually at a barrier that separates the indoor space from the outdoor space—some sort of exterior wall that includes a door that must be opened to reach the covered patio or courtyard. But what if there is none? What if the inside and outside integrate so seamlessly that it is almost impossible to determine where one ends and the other begins?

This kind of open plan makes use of huge expanses of sliding or folding floor-to-ceiling glass doors that help blur the distinction between inside and out. When these 12 to 14 foot wide walls of glass are fully open, the exterior wall of the home seems to magically vanish. As homeowners prepare meals in their indoor kitchens, they can enjoy uninterrupted sight lines all the way through to their outdoor environment. The large expanse brings more natural daylight into the interior, helping to brighten up the kitchen work area. Motorized screens that descend and cover the full breadth of the opening can be installed for certain times of the day when insects may become a nuisance. 

The smooth transition is reinforced through using the same flooring materials indoors and outdoors.  Materials that meet this criteria include large format porcelain tile designed for indoor/outdoor use, as well as sintered compact surfaces such as Dekton and Neolith. These surfacing materials are very durable and suitable for any climate.

Blending indoor and outdoor living spaces is also enhanced through coordinating the style and colors of furniture, cabinets and decor in the various lounge, bar and kitchen areas. Carrying a similar design theme throughout helps unify the entire space visually. Homeowners will be delighted to discover they can move casually through their living spaces, unaware of whether they are in the outside patio area or in their indoor great room.