Harmonize interior and exterior design

It’s safe to assume that every new home buyer wants a new roof over their head. But the roof doesn’t have to be limited to the house.

New homes are being built to create memories, raise children, entertain young and old, and even work five days a week. And in this week’s edition of Maximizing Indoor and Outdoor Living in a New Home, let’s take a look at outdoor designs and furniture that can add flexibility and functionality.

Whether attached to or detached from the main home, outdoor structures can complement the open space and living comfort of just about any type of newly built home that has access to the outdoors. Whether it’s on the same level in an apartment building, a detached single-family home, or a luxury condominium complex, buyers can find or create outdoor space that provides some protection from the weather.

Roofing, pergolas or any other overhead elements make it much easier to get outside. The cover not only forms a barrier between you and the weather, it can also make it easier to get outside.

If every time you want to go outside you have to deflate even your most used chairs and patio table, you won’t go out as often as you’d like.

Let the developer talk about his plans from the very beginning. While the main concrete patios and even balconies can be included, structures that adjoin the home are considered separate. Let the builder know that you plan to create a shading cover right away, this will help him and you plan better.

Think pergolas, with or without a canopy, that add a natural extension to interior space without actually creating a Californian room or veranda. Ask your builder to recommend landscape designers to help you build your home before your move-in date.

Pergolas can be covered with removable, weather-resistant canopies for even more shade.

Other options include galvanized sheet or composite roofing that extends outward from doorways. Some major brands offer aluminum or composite deck kits that include shade panels, rafters, beams and columns in one package.

Another easy choice for instant and easy shading while you are still in the decision phase is to look for poles and shading sails. The poles must be well anchored—either in the ground itself, or in concrete blocks, or in sandbags—and the shade sails are easy to remove and wash.

Screens and additional roller blinds can even be added on the sides of the structure.

One or two pergolas can be placed anywhere, be it on a patio, behind a doorway, in a corner of a property, or even on a large deck where extra shade is needed. Some gazebo kits come with seats already included in the design; others let you choose your own seat and table configurations.

Think of a patio or balcony as an extension of a living room, kitchen, large room, master bedroom, or any other room or space that adjoins them.

All of this is part of the biophilic design concept that is gaining momentum among homeowners, builders and designers. At its most basic level, biophilic design combines the connection between outdoor space and indoor space.

Lift the inside out by choosing outdoor furniture with durable hard surfaces and easy-to-clean weather-resistant fabrics.

Tie both spaces together by incorporating natural fabrics and natural colors into the home, its finishes and furnishings.

Choose transitional items that can be placed both inside and out, including nightstands, pillows, blankets, candles, placemats, or even potted plants.

For a truly biophilic design, be sure to include potted plants in adjoining living spaces both inside and outside the home.

For example, ferns and succulents can grow both indoors and outdoors. Using the same types of pots in the kitchen or large room as outside under the pergola creates harmony and enhances the feel of both indoor and outdoor living space.

Use the purchase of a house in a new building as an opportunity to have fun not only in spring and summer, but also in year-round conditions. Dedicating seating, recreation, and dining areas outside the yard reduces the need for lawn care and watering, and adds flexibility in choosing where to place other plants and living things, including people.

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