If there’s anything that the last few months have taught us, it’s that our own personal space is important. Until this year, many of us probably never envisioned a time when we would be quarantined inside our own homes for weeks or months.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected how we use our homes and has made us realize how important an enjoyable living space actually is. With social distancing as the new norm, it’s more popular than ever to get outside and enjoy nature. But, can you do that at home? Yes … and modern architecture is the answer!
Modern architecture connects inside and out
Whether you have a small city lot or a large country estate, it IS possible to connect with nature just by using modern architecture to your advantage. From secluded courtyards to open balconies and patios, let’s take a look at how to connect your indoor space to the great outdoors.
Windows and doors
In the old days, windows and doors were primarily used for entrances and exits, and for allowing air or light to enter a room. There’s no question that these important features still have that purpose. With modern architecture, however, their functions and features have expanded and have opened up additional possibilities for connecting to nature.
Now, imagine a wall FULL of large windows overlooking a scenic view or backyard oasis. Modern window design and insulation makes this possible without having to worry about heat loss (in winter months) or heat gain (during the summer).
Modern architecture also involves an open door policy … sliding walls and doors can open up an entire room to connect to an outdoor patio or living space. Then, they can simply be closed when a more private or intimate environment is desired.
In days gone by, outdoor dining simply meant eating at the picnic table in the backyard after grilling some burgers. Now, modern architecture has enhanced the outdoor dining experience with the use of full outdoor kitchens. Some are completely equipped with an oven, grill, sink, and refrigerator, while others are not so elaborate.
Regardless of their design, outdoor kitchens are a great way to connect indoor and outdoor living. In a COVID-19 world, they’re also the perfect solution for being able to entertain guests while still following social distancing guidelines.
Balconies and seasonal rooms
Balconies offer a great way to get a different perspective and also connect to nature. These can be especially helpful for homes on smaller lots, such as a city house or apartment.
Depending on where you live, renovating your home to include a seasonal room could also help you connect to nature. A sun room, for example, can work in many climates to offer a way to enjoy the outside while still remaining indoors. Expansive windows bring in plenty of sunshine, natural light, and air flow, while screens keep pesky bugs at bay.
Are you ready to use modern architecture to your advantage?
In these modern times, the sky’s the limit when it comes to how you can connect indoor and outdoor living spaces. (Speaking of the sky … if star or cloud gazing is a favorite pastime of yours, sky lights can make it easy and you never even have to leave the house!)
When you’re ready to see what’s possible for YOUR home, give us a call at (949) 861-3400. Our design-build team is happy to put modern architecture to work for you and your family.