Some homeowners want to stop designing their new home at the edge of the front door.
We like to encourage the understanding and use of outdoor rooms in the design of a home, because we know that the feeling of “home” is encompassed in the land around the house as well as in the house itself.
“I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are all one.” Luis Barrangan
This covered kitchen porch has a magnificent view
Beyond encouraging connection to the land and to nature, there are other advantage to outdoor rooms. They can be beautiful and they can reduce energy costs by providing natural cooling spaces. And, less materials are used in building outdoor rooms so useable square footage is gained for less money.
Another cost savings choice is to link the outdoor eating area with the indoor kitchen.Simply add a covered porch to a southeast wall near the kitchen and incorporate a door and a pass-through window in the design. This provides the pleasure and fun of gathering and eating outdoors without the cost of a second outdoor kitchen.This southeast facing eating porch is also the perfect site to place wooden boxes and clay pots planted with easy care vegetables and kitchen herbs.
Another outdoor room idea is a private, covered porch area directly connected to the master bedroom. Such a room can provide an intimate sleeping space that is optimum for star gazing, a natural way to cool off in the summer and a way to enjoy nature from the comforts of home. The outdoor room featured in our Magnolia plan is designed to step down into a private patio area. This is a quiet and beautiful place for reading ‚ sitting and enjoying the sunset.
Outdoor Room on the West Side
We‘d love to hear your response to these ideas and to read about your experiences in creating or living in outdoor rooms.