“One aspect of living a sustainable lifestyle involvesbecoming more connected to the natural environment than has frequently been thecase over the last decades. As we have come to depend on conditioned air moreand more, we have become separated from the outdoors with its natural sounds,smells, light shifts, breezes and other sensory stimuli.”
By Lawrence W. Speck, FAIA, PageSoutherlandPage
Outdoor rooms offer the opportunityto merge indoors and outdoors and to bridge the well-planned activities of ahome’s interior with the generally looser functional performance of exteriorspaces. They may be covered or open or somewhere in-between. They might have awide variety of edge conditions from solid walls to glass walls to partial walls to rails to complete openness. They might be calledterraces, patios, porches, decks or balconies, but to really fulfill their mostcomplete role, they need to be fully useful and habitable.
The most important thing to remember whendesigning your outdoor living space is to blend the look and feel of your home’s interior into the exterior.
Whether you are buying a home, renovating, have a smallcity garden or a balcony; you should consider enhancing your outside living area. Again, itwill allow you to appreciate the outdoors; the beautiful flowers, greenery or views in a comfortable setting.
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|Whether your home is traditional or contemporary, the outdoors will enhance your space.|
|Incorporating a view into your outdoor living space is as relaxing as a garden.|
|A city roof garden will increase your living/entertaining space.|
Terraces, patios and decks have always been a greatopportunity to enjoy indoor/outdoor living. You may be entertaining or just relaxing, but consider that your deck or terrace can alwaysbecome a special place where you connect with nature without really partingwith comfort.
|Consider an arbour as part of your outdoor design.|
|Stone work and decking make for a special outdoor space.|
|Entertaining in your large garden.|
|City garden in Chelsea, New York.|
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