With the glimpses of warm weather that Colorado has been giving us lately, it’s hard not to think about summer and the festivities that come along with it. And while you (and your wardrobe) are making the transition, an area most people don’t think about making changes to is their home.
Some of our favorite projects have involved creating a new outdoor living space that can still seamlessly connect to the indoors. A great way to achieve this is to put in large sliding doors that allow the wall to completely open up. Having this off of a living room and connecting it to a patio area creates a wonderful indoor/outdoor area for entertaining guests. You can even take that a step further by building an outdoor kitchen so you’re never stuck inside cooking while all the fun is had in the backyard.
Not ready to commit to a full slide away wall? A double-sided fireplace is another great way to connect a living room to the outdoors. It also allows for year round use and a nice source of heat for the cool summer nights on the patio. This is something especially important to consider in Colorado, where the weather can change in a moment’s notice.
Whether you go all out or keep it simple, the most important thing is to make sure there is a good flow between the spaces. You want to make sure that when connecting the two spaces, that they have a similar feel and use similar materials. The ease of use and traffic flow to get from one to the other will ensure that you get full usability (and your money’s worth) out of your new addition to your home.
Getting the advice of an architect is always a good idea when taking on a new home addition project. Please feel free to get in touch with us by calling 303.444.5380 or emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org. Fänas Architecture has offices in Boulder, Colorado and Pagosa Springs, Colorado and we’re happy to help!