Connect the indoors and outdoors in your home
Having a good connection to the outdoors can make a building feel larger, more light filled and lead to you feeling happier and healthy. You will struggle to find a more important movement in design than this shift to remove divisions between inside and out. Whether renovating or building from the ground up, there are many clever and elegant ways to make the outdoors part of your home.
Creating a seamless flow between inside and out is the goal of many modern residential buildings. A key component of this is the use of ample glazing in both doors and windows that create uninterrupted view and flow. Exterior folding doors with large amounts of glazing such as the products made by Brio can give you the option to completely open interior spaces to the outdoors when weather permits yet retain secure enclosed spaces. Brio are the leaders in sliding and folding door hardware with showrooms across the UK and Australia. Their design and craftsmanship is first rate and all fittings are top grade stainless steel to ensure decades of hassle free opening and closing.
Adding an “around the corner” window to any home instantly elevates it to something beyond the traditional. Glazing a corner makes you feel as though you are part of the outside much more than a flat window of similar size. If you have a particularly good view, consider this the place to put a corner window. To go one step further, open up an entire side of your dwelling with full height glass to really let the natural light stream in. This tends to work best in warmer climates but with the advent of hi tech triple glazed glass, even cooler regions can enjoy the monumental benefits of an abundance of natural light.
Growing a garden by a bathroom or kitchen is also a nice touch to connect you to nature. Consider planting clumping bamboo for privacy in an open style bathroom or add Japanese screens. Large windows near a kitchen just ask to have an edible garden in full view to get you in the mood for cooking. If you have room, consider adding indoor plants to most rooms that mirror some of the plants in your garden. This gives a feeling of bringing the garden inside and adds an organic element to your home.