"Maximize your living space by creating usable outdoor rooms," says Rhoda Vickers of the Southern Hospitality blog. "With the right combination of outdoor seating, pillows, shade and colorful planters, you can turn any patio into an outdoor oasis."
A photo gallery adds color and interest to the hallway adjacent to a contemporary kitchen. The colors in the framed images tie in to the kitchen's color palette, creating a seamless feel between the spaces.
This area is part of an indoor/outdoor floor plan and connects to the home's interiors via sliding glass doors. Retractable screens are built into the lanai. When lowered, the screens not only protect the area from bugs, they deflect solar glare and can hold up to 90 % of the homes conditioned or heated air in this outside space.
Lighting can make a huge difference to the look of an outside space. Bistro lights in the oak tree, illuminated containers and landscape lights help create a romantic and fun atmosphere. The pergola was designed to have decorative privacy screens in between the posts and is lit with decorative sconces.
Shades of white and green and plenty of flora decor bring the outdoors in in this solarium by Francie Hargrove. Even more use of outside inside: the novel incorporation of the relaxing sound of water in a water fountain at one end of this pretty room.
A comfortable seating area under the bedroom’s three large windows provides a spot to chat, catch up on a good book, or enjoy the outdoor views. “This bedroom offers a great view of the live oak trees with Spanish moss outside, a signature of this area,” says build manager Scott Branscom.
Almost any outdoor spot can be transformed into a functional living space or lounge with the proper use of dead space. While the narrow 5-foot-by-14-foot landing outside this home office is too awkward for sofas or love seats, it's verticality lends itself perfectly to taller seating options like basket chairs suspended on sturdy steel stands.
When your home was built based on the shape of a crystal, there aren't any 90-degree corners. So this green custom banquette was built to perfectly fit the available space. It's upholstered in an outdoor fabric for extra durability and longevity.