Now that summer has arrived, many of us are eager to take our typical indoor activities and enjoy them outside in the beautiful Charleston weather. The indoor-outdoor living design trend centers around creating multi-functional outdoor spaces where homeowners can relax, work, play and entertain.
Indoor-outdoor living has become a must-have in Charleston homes and allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds—your favorite activities such as cooking, dining, and spending time with your loved ones while basking in the beauties of the outdoors. If you’re considering having an indoor-outdoor living area in your home, our William Means Guide will walk you through popular design ideas to help you find the best option for your home.
Blended Living Space. After a long year of social distancing, you may be itching to host a gathering for your family and friends. Use your indoor-outdoor space as an extended living room by including comfortable seating and side tables for game nights or dinner parties. The ground floor doors of this prestigious waterfront home at 106 Murray Boulevard, pictured above, open seamlessly into the garden. This tranquil space invites in Summer fun and sun, making it feel like an extension of the main indoor living space.
Pool house Lounge. When it’s time to swim, an airy, shaded lounge or pool house serves as a convenient outdoor getaway as well as a comfortable home base for parents supervising children at play. When it’s time to wind down for the day, an outdoor television can be the perfect spot to watch the big game or have a family movie night. Enjoying a good book in front of a classic wood-burning outdoor fireplace can also be an ideal way to spend cooler evenings.
Outdoor Kitchen. An outdoor kitchen is the perfect addition for those who love to cook and entertain. Most of these culinary spaces include spacious grills, sinks, stovetops and even cabinetry. It’s best if you have some sort of roof covering to protect your appliances from the sun and rainy weather. As an entertainment hub, the outdoor living space is less crowded than an indoor kitchen and allows guests to help themselves to a drink or appetizer without disrupting the chef inside.
Outdoor Oasis. If you’re thinking a bit more simply, you can always turn your screened-in porch into an outdoor living room by adding comfortable seating centered by an area rug or even a dining table. These classic additions not only create a sense of additional space but also provide entertaining room for al fresco dining with guests or a quaint sitting area where you can catch up on a good book with an outdoor breeze.
Homeowners can attest that indoor-outdoor living areas add space and beauty to their home. With a little creativity, you can design an indoor-outdoor space that is perfect for entertaining and relaxing. Once you complete your new outdoor living space, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.
Explore the indoor-outdoor living spaces of the homes pictured above.