It is safe to assume that every new home buyer wants a new roof over their head. But the roof isn’t limited to the house.
New homes are built to create memories, raise families, entertain generations younger and older, and even work five days a week. And in this week’s edition of Maximizing Indoor-Outdoor Living in a New Construction Home, let’s explore outdoor structures and furnishings that can combine flexibility and function.
Whether attached to or detached from the main house, outdoor structures can complement the outdoor space – and livable – of just about any type of newly built home that provides access to the outdoors. Whether on a single level in a multi-unit building, in a single-family detached home or in a luxury condominium complex, buyers can find or create outdoor space that offers some protection from the elements.
Ceilings, pergolas or any of the overhead features make it very easy to go outside. Coverage not only creates a barrier between you and the elements, but it can simplify the effort of going outside.
If you have to blow out even the most used patio chairs and tables every time you want to go out, you may not go out as often as you would like.
Let the builder follow through on your vision from the start. While basic concrete patios and even balconies can be included, the structures attached to the house are considered separate. Telling the builder that you plan to build shade cover right away will help them and you plan better.
Consider pergolas with or without canopy structures, which add a natural extension of interior space without actually building a California room or lanai. Ask the builder to recommend landscape and hardscape designers who can help you build it before the move-in date.
Pergolas can be covered with removable, weather-resistant umbrellas for even more shade.
Other options include a galvanized tin roof or a composite material roof that extends outward from the door. Some major brands offer kits made from aluminum or composite decking and include shed panels, rafters, beams and columns in one pack.
Another easy option for quick and easy shade is to look for poles and shade sails while you’re still in the decision-making stage. Poles will need to be anchored well – either in the ground, in concrete blocks or by sandbags – and shade sails are easily removable and washable.
Screens and additional roll-up cellular shades can also be added to the sides of the structure.
A gazebo or two can go anywhere, whether on a patio, outside a doorway, in the corner of a lot or even on a large deck where additional shade cover is needed. Some gazebo kits come with seating already included in the design; Others allow you to choose your own seating and table configuration.
Think of a patio or balcony as an extension to the living room, kitchen, great room, master bedroom or whatever room or space it is adjacent to.
This is part of a concept called biophilic design that is gaining new traction with homeowners, builders and designers. At its most basic level, the biophilic design blends the connectivity of the outdoors into the indoor spaces.
Bring the inside out by choosing outdoor furniture constructed from durable solid surfaces and easy-to-clean fabrics that withstand the change in seasons.
Tie the two spaces together indoors by incorporating natural fabrics and colors, its finishes and furnishings from nature.
Choose transitional pieces that can move in or out, including side tables, pillows, blankets, candles, place mats or even potted plants.
To create a true biophilic design, be sure to incorporate potted plants into adjacent living areas, both indoors and outdoors.
For example, ferns and succulents can thrive both indoors and outdoors. Using similar types of utensils, as under a pergola, in the kitchen or great room, creates harmony and enhances the feel of both the interior and exterior areas.
Use the purchase of a new construction home as an opportunity to entertain not only in spring and summer but in year-round conditions. Carving recreational, relaxation and eating spaces outside the yard reduces the need for maintaining and watering lawns and adds flexibility to house other plants and living matter, including people.