The walls in this stunning northern California home retract to completely open its interior spaces to the outdoors, connecting the modern, minimal home to its surrounding landscape. Natural materials like the wood ceiling further tie the house to its surroundings, while broad expanses of glass offer uninterrupted views in any weather. A fireplace wall creates a cozy seating area.
From the patio, French doors lead into the master suite. These glass paneled doors allow plenty of natural light into the master space and a view of the patio from the room, creating a continuous design from the indoors out.
The steel and glass walls of this modern northern California home retract to open the spaces completely to the outdoors. Native plants surround the house and pool, which are ideally sited to take advantage of the home's hilltop location. Decoration is minimal, creating a space that's restful and meditative.
Harvard design students Carly Augustine and Nicolas Lee suggest in their rendering how the outdoors could be experienced within and around the home. With the shift to urban life, millennials are living in smaller, more condensed spaces, many times without private outdoor space, so their views of private/public indoor/outdoor are shifting, Augustine says. Their project won a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award.
When millennials design a community, outdoor spaces are key. Diana Gruberg and Chunlan Zeng, as UPenn students, designed a settlement for the Navajo Nation, complete with an outdoor plaza and hydroponic farm. The project was a 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects award winner.
Designer Anna Williams created this large, open patio area as a perfect entertaining space for a young family. A contemporary design incorporates with the tropical flavor in both the living and dining areas using comfortable yet practical furnishings that work well for outdoor use. A gray sofa divides the living and dining areas, with pops of green in its accessory pillows.
Anna Williams designed this outdoor area to complement the family's tropical lifestyle. This close-up view shows the living area in shades of gray and green through the slats of a bamboo side chair. This comfortable but light furniture is easy to move around and hard-wearing. Although not shown in the photo, privacy screens, lush greenery and a dedicated dining area also incorporate the design scheme.
The homeowners wanted an outdoor design that would meet the desires of their indoor-outdoor lifestyle, so designers included multiple seating areas with chaise lounges for taking in the sun, half-submerged loungers for cooling off in the shallow end of the pool, porch swings and an outdoor dining table for enjoying a meal al fresco.
A hillside home in California designed by Scott Lee of SB Architects is a LEED for Homes Platinum-certified house with stunning architectural details, such as the beamed and vaulted ceiling and items made of recycled materials. The home, including the outdoor kitchen, is defined by the relationship between indoors and out, with the use of wood and view-driven design.
This Bend, Oregon home features incredible architectural detail and stunning design. The glass wall in the hallway visually divides the indoor-outdoor space, while the modern concrete flooring and accent stones appear as if the space continues onto the patio.
This California home's interiors flow seamlessly with the exterior spaces. Large windows and French doors connect most the of the home to patio and swimming pool, but in the living room a glass wall completely disappears to create one large space that truly embraces the indoor/outdoor design.