Merging Indoor and Outdoor Spaces in Orange County CA

5 Tips for Merging Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

There was a time when a simple patio or deck was the height of backyard outdoor living. Today, we have transcended to a place where our outdoor spaces rival and often surpass the look and livability of our indoor spaces. The latest trend on this design journey is to merge our outdoor and indoor living spaces in a way that allows the backyard to be a true extension of the home. Here are some ideas on how to accomplish this.

1 – Use Complementary Architecture

When designing an outdoor living space, use materials and architectural touches that mirror the interior space. For example, if the interior includes arches, transoms or large beams, similar touches can be incorporated in the exterior spaces. You can also mirror architectural materials such as light fixtures, countertops and flooring in your exterior spaces. Just remember to buy the outdoor-rated versions for durability in the harsher environment.

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Belgard Porcelain Pavers and coordinating Porcelain Wall Veneers are a great tool for connecting outdoor spaces with interior spaces. The veneers can be used for both interior and exterior applications, and Porcelain Pavers mimic the look of interior flooring and often have coordinating indoor tile styles.

2 – Create Seamless Transitions

For climates that allow this as an option, collapsible doors provide the perfect opportunity to create a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor environment. This is not realistic in some climates due to excessive temperatures, mosquitoes and other factors. For these scenarios, the look can be accomplished with large windows, sliding doors or screened enclosures. It also helps to have the initial zone of the outdoor space at the same floor height so there’s not a step up or down when going in or out.

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The HGTV® Dream Home 2019 created the perfect example of indoor/outdoor living with folding doors and windows on first floor room facing the backyard. (photo: HGTV, used with permission)

3 – Incorporate Cohesive Design Schemes

If you’re limited by architecture or climate and want to create a sense of flow to the outdoors, continue the same decorating motif used in the adjoining room. Use similar color schemes, furniture styles, rugs, lamps, vases and other accessories.

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The use of wingback outdoor chairs and homey accessories makes this Mega-Bergerac® patio feel more like a continuation of the indoor environment.

4 – Make the Space More Functional

If you really want your outdoor space to be cohesive with your indoor space, it needs to be a place where people want to hang out. That means adding functional elements like a bar, outdoor kitchen or fire feature.

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This Tandem® Modular Grid outdoor kitchen is a fully functional cooking and entertainment space, complete with multiple cooking surfaces, full-sized sink, outdoor-rated appliances and built-in television. The half wall also serves to enclose the space to make it feel more connected with the home’s interior.

5 – Link Entertainment Zones

Adding a television is a no-brainer, which is easy enough to link with your home’s system. But you’ll also want to add WiFi extenders to improve internet connectivity. To really enhance the sense of flow from the indoors out, add audio speakers and connect them with your home’s entertainment system. That way, you can hear the same background sounds when walking from one space to the next.

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This outdoor living room already feels like an interior space, thanks to the roof pitch and the Bordeaux Series™ outdoor fireplace. To make a space like this even more connected with the interior, place outdoor speakers at the four corners and connect them to the interior sound system. Be sure to include the ability to adjust volume by zone, either with a phone app or with manual volume knobs.
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This post was originally written and published on Belgard.com

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How Water Creates a Splash in your Backyard

Water…it isn’t only the essence of life. For the home, water in the form of water features and backyard pool remodels let you know you’ve made it. Nothing elevates both the financial and personal value that a pool does for the home. It’s also one of the easiest ways to provide the right environment to create family fun and lasting memories (that and fire features).

 

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Pool remodel with artificial turf in Anaheim Hills, CA

 

Creating a brand new pool, or remodeling an existing one, has never been more obtainable in today’s economy. And no one does it better than California. In fact, southern California has a rich history of residential pool construction — originated during the home improvement and “residential innovation boom” of the 1950s. We’ve arguably perfected outdoor living when it comes to laying poolside in your backyard. Who could blame us!? No one wants to waste time inside when they can spend it outside in the California sun. So we extended our living to the outdoors.

 

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Pool remodel with water features in Brea, CA

 

Pool options have also never been so expansive. Between pool slides, artificial water falls, and rock boulders, water fun comes in all shapes and sizes today. Customizing your pool remodel can come in different scales, budgets, accessory options, and is only limited by the homeowners imagination. Heck, even the water used can be salt water or chlorine now.

 

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Helping our customers with their backyard remodels using 3D software

 

Don’t get us wrong, pool remodels are a big project and is no small feat. That’s why the most important step is the planning phase. Think twice…hammer once.

 

Work with a professional who will take the time to explain everything, listen to your ideas, and even show you exactly what your pool will look like before construction even begins. And never settle for the first quote you get…mediocrity is not an option. There are simply too many contractors and options out there. Plus your hard-earned dollars shouldn’t be taken for granted.

We always recommend getting different quotes from at least 3 qualified contractors, in good-standing, and with great reviews, excellent customer feedback, fair pricing, and of course fully licensed, bonded, and certified for your area.

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Outdoor living poolside in Yorba Linda, CA

 

Just because something is a big project doesn’t mean it has to be overly complicated either. Shop around, do your homework, and visit different suppliers to pick out the right materials to match the look and feel of your home. Or you can visit our Orange County Design Center where we have everything under one roof. Happy swimming!