Indoor Outdoor Living

By Leslie Mann

The wide porch functions as an outdoor dining room. Plan 508-2

Cathie Coulter, a native of Australia, was no stranger to indoor/outdoor living. When she and her husband, Tom Foster, built a house on a wooded lot in Issaquah, Wash., in 2008, they told their architect to make it seamless with the forest that surrounds their homesite. By using NanaWall accordion-style glass doors on their contemporary house, as well as waist-high folding glass windows over their kitchen counters, the couple blurred the lines between inside and out...

Blurring the line between indoors and outside is a design strategy that's here to stay for several reasons, said Nick Lee, a residential architect at Houseplans Studio in Petaluma, Calif., and design chief at Houseplans LLC, which sells ready-made blueprints...."Also, I think it's a backlash to technology," Lee said. "Most of us are on computers in offices all day. When we get home, we want to be outside, play with fire, play in the sand, get back to nature."...

Homeowners have moved to the rear of the house, Lee said."The McMansion, with its formal living room, dining room and piano room, is out," he said. "When we get home, we want to be outside, play with fire, play in the sand, get back to nature. Instead of announcements of wealth like a two story foyer, we want a great room linked to the outside, outdoor spaces like porches and lanais. You have people over and  they head straight outside."...To read more click here. 

This porch is from Plan 454-12. To see more outdoor living plans click here.

Originally Published in Chicago Tribune

Tue Nov 19 00:00:00 PST 2013