Outdoor Living Spaces
Outdoor Living Spaces
This article appeared in Reside Magazine and was published on the SothebyReatly.com blog- article provided by Claudia Gryvatz Copquin exclusively for Sotheby’s International Realty.
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Out is the new in. Plush sofas, area rugs, stone fireplaces–for the past several years, traditional furnishings and design elements that were once relegated exclusively to interiors have been trickling to exteriors, with homeowners creating exquisite residential spaces under the skies for relaxation and entertaining.
And it’s not only the living room that has gone rogue. The solitary, standard patio barbeque grill has been replaced with sophisticated, gourmet kitchens complete with pizza ovens, flat screen TVs and built-in espresso machines. After cooking alfresco, homeowners wine and dine with family and friends under the stars and glittery chandeliers, followed by open-air movies or sports on pop-up screens.
Nowadays “people don’t want to be confined to inside anymore,” says Suzanne Perkins of Sotheby’s International Realty in Montecito, CA. They want the option to literally spread out—and to interact with nature with the same comfort and style that they enjoy indoors.
Indeed, when pros specializing in residential design were surveyed by the American Society of Landscape Architects to rate the popularity of outdoor design elements for 2014, kitchens and entertainment spaces were second most popular, at 92 percent (gardens and landscaped spaces came in first at 94.2 percent).
Of course, in certain parts, this indoor/outdoor approach to living isn’t new at all. “This has been the lifestyle in Hawaii,” says Dodie MacArthur of MacArthur Sotheby’s International Realty in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. “Whatever activities you can do indoors you can do outdoors.”
Surprisingly, that’s also now the mindset in areas that aren’t particularly warm year-round. “Outdoor living is a really big trend here over the last couple of years,” says Andrew Ernemann, a broker associate at Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s International Realty. Although they have a short warm weather season, Ernemann’s clients want to maximize their time outdoors when they stay in Aspen.
But the trend isn’t just about stepping out and reclining on a deck or patio. It’s far grander than that. “It’s about creating a personal destination. People want the entire experience of the best resorts in the world, incorporated into their outdoor spaces and customized for their needs,” says MacArthur.
One of the best ways to achieve a seamless, organic flow with an open floor plan is by utilizing floor to ceiling sliding or swinging glass doors, suggests Perkins, “so the outside isn’t a secondary defined area, but more of a smooth transition from inside to outside.” Click here to see the full article on SothebysRealty.com.