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Indoor/Outdoor Living Spaces That Impress

The days of unfolding a few lawn chairs on the patio and calling it “outdoor living” are long gone. Today’s outdoor living areas are extensions of the interior that represent a key selling feature for most buyers. Every year, demand for increased connectivity between indoor and outdoor spaces seems to grow.

Capitalizing on that demand requires outdoor living that functions like indoor entertaining spaces. This concept applies equally to single family homes, multifamily projects and commercial buildings.

CHOLLA

in-ground seamless pool showing multiple seating areas and bar, one covered with large open doors to the interiors.

This outdoor oasis was designed to intentionally separate various uses without disrupting the overall flow. Distinct but connected areas include a dedicated bar, an intimate lounge area to relax with a drink in hand, and a public area for gathering with guests. These separate “rooms” enable different lifestyle opportunities that considerably expand the home’s livable square footage.

Villas at Legacy West

Large sliding glass doors on the first and second levels extend the living spaces in these narrow lots to bring the fresh air and daylight inside. The third floor terrace includes a fireplace, TV and multiple seating options. Because part of the rooftop balcony is covered, it provides all-season functionality for Texas living. Residents can relax in the shade on those hot sunny days or stay warm by the fireplace with starry views at night. The mix of versatile outdoor spaces is perfect for both neighborhood connectivity and private, intimate gatherings.

Butterfield Country Club

Golf clubs are multi-functional and must embrace the social atmosphere that extends much further than the course itself. By creating an immediate connection from the bar area to the outdoor seating, the pub at Butterfield Country Club generates an inclusive, welcoming environment while permitting panoramic views of the beautiful grounds year-round.

THE RESIDENCES AT Hamilton Lakes

To entice young professional renters to the suburbs, this clubhouse features large, open, communal spaces that easily compete with the upscale amenities often seen in downtown settings. A high-end industrial kitchen is ideal for entertaining, and the fully-retracted glass wall gives immediate access to the outdoor kitchen and entertainment area. Not only is this space large enough for a social gathering, but it also offers an attached theater room for game days or movie nights.

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