A high-pitched roof gives a family starry views from the outdoor porch of a rustic lake home in Georgia. Builder Mike Hammersmith came up with the double-sided fireplace with steel pocket doors that slide behind it. On nice days, the pocket doors can open and connect the living room with the porch.
The original 1970s house was constructed on a series of telephone poles cantilevered off the canyon floor. The basement is transformed into a contemporary media room with comfortable black sectional facing a large flatscreen TV. A striped area rug adds visual texture underneath, while sliding glass doors lead out to a sleek outdoor living area.
This soft neutral living room features a gray armchair and sofa set paired with striped hourglass ottomans and a dark brown coffee table. A tall glass front cabinet sits next to a traditional white fireplace, while wall-to-wall windows flood the space with natural light. A single door provides access to the outdoor terrace.
Mid-century modern case pieces fit the architecture and the vibe of this cozy, eclectic living room. White walls reflect light that enters the space via floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer a view to the sunny outdoor eating area. Slipcovered sofas create a relaxed ambiance, as well as a great spot for intimate conversation.
The contemporary exterior of this Florida home features lot of windows for natural light, a second floor balcony and French doors off the living room that lead to the backyard. Perfect for entertaining, the backyard has a outdoor kitchen with grill and a stone patio surrounding the pool and hot tub.
Adding French doors to a living room creates indoor-outdoor functionality and supplies the space with natural light. Before adding French doors to your living room, consider which direction they'll need to swing. If seating will be placed within 36 inches of the doors, it's best to choose an outward-swinging style for optimum traffic flow. If the space just inside the doors will be unobstructed, an inward-swinging option will work well. Most home improvement stores offer inward- and outward-swinging doors for the same price.
Because the location of this home was on the side of a cliff overlooking the surrounding area, the designers wanted to emphasize the beautiful view. In doing so, they opened up the living room and kitchen, added several large windows to bring in the natural light and added a screened-in porch for comfortable outdoor seating.
The living room's gorgeous vaulted ceiling showcases deep brown exposed beams contrasted by the ivory wall color used throughout the space. Glass pocket doors open to the outdoor patio and provide a view of Aspen Mountain. The transitional space also provides quick access to the 12-person dining table, making it easy to move from dinner to relaxing.
Two pergolas flank the pool house and create outdoor rooms. One pergola forms a casual living room, complete with informal fire feature on an irregular bluestone patio. The other pergola design includes a swinging bed hanging from the perlins. Raised planting areas create a protected ambience and foster privacy in the pool zone. Sod ribbons on the raised bed stairs soften the hardscape.
Designers wanted to capitalize on the beautiful mountain views outside the windows, so they kept the interior design neat, crisp and simple, yet still elegant. The living room in this space is no exception to that vision. Lots of windows allow plenty of natural light into the space, allowing patrons of the room to see outdoors to the beautiful mountain views. The light reflects off the gray walls, bringing the natural green tint of the trees indoors. Blue and gray furniture occupies this space and highlights the natural hues of the mountainside, making the living room feel as if it were a part of the mountains that surround it.
A wall of windows in this two-story great room allows views of the outdoor patio with fire pit. The open living space has a raw steel accent wall with wall-mounted TV and ribbon flame fireplace. A cozy shag area rug defines the seating area that features a cozy gray sectional and contemporary white chair.
This five bedroom, five bathroom estate in Houston, TX, offers more than 7500 sq. ft. of charming, open concept design. In the living room, the space offers a calming neutral tone and flows naturally into the dining space and eat-in kitchen, with high ceilings and modern steel and glass doors lining the wall to the outdoor space.
Breathtaking ocean, mountain and city views surround a luxurious home in Los Angeles, Calif. Grand decks and stunning floor-to-ceiling, fully retractable sliding walls of glass provide a seamless integration between interior and exterior spaces to create a quintessential SoCal living experience. A giant family room flows into the home's yard, beautiful infinity pool and spacious deck with fire pit, outdoor living and dining spaces complete with floating BBQ.
Designers were careful to blend the indoor and outdoor spaces by taking advantage of sight lines from the home's interior design. The plants in the front courtyard and the back yard can be seen from the living room, kitchen, bedroom and hallways. Here, a sculptural cactus provides a backdrop for art inside the home.
This spacious outdoor patio features a wood paneled overhang, providing a bit of shade during the day and lighting at night. Concrete steps and gravel landscaping complete the look of the area, while floor-to-ceiling glass walls and windows allow for a peek at the interior spaces, including the living and dining rooms.
A balcony offers a bird's eye view of this traditional great room, where the central dining space flows into the kitchen, living room and sun deck beyond. A large lantern-style chandelier has the size and presence to light the space, while the nautical feel of its rope-like design complements the home's coastal location and theme. The dining room opens to the outdoor space and offers comfortable, lounge-style seating, inviting guests to linger and enjoy the ocean views.
This stunning mountainside home in Phoenix includes 2,000 square feet of covered patios that extend along three sides of the home, offering panoramic views and outdoor access to almost every room in the house. The renovation of this home removed additive Spanish revival design features which obstructed the views and detracted from the home's style. A second story addition cantilevered over the property added an extra bedroom while preserving lower-level outdoor living space.
Outdoor living spaces are an economical (and enjoyable!) way to make your home feel more expansive, without an expensive room addition. “During warmer seasons, wall systems like the JELD-WEN® IWP® exterior folding door system are an incredible way to bring the outdoors inside and create an expansive space for entertaining or relaxing. Consider the layout of your home and where you might benefit from this additional flow of space,” says Jim Parello, Vice President of Marketing for JELD-WEN.