Celebrating the Indoor-Outdoor Connection

As homeowners embrace their natural surroundings, glass offers a world of opportunities to designers and builders.
These days, the distinction between a home’s indoor and outdoor spaces is increasingly blurred.

Homeowners are welcoming opportunities to enrich and expand their living environment by embracing their natural surroundings.

And glass has opened up a world of possibilities. By seamlessly connecting interior and exterior spaces, a new generation of high-performance glass door and window products makes it easy to enjoy the best of both environments.

Whether the goal is to simply establish a strong visual connection with the outdoors or to create an actual physical link between a dwelling and its external spaces, there have never been more opportunities available to designers, builders, and homeowners.

Today’s outdoor living spaces range from fully-functional outdoor kitchens and family rooms, to open-air transition rooms (also known as California rooms), to contemporary loggias on a home’s upper level. Some designers are even carving out private outdoor space along the side of a house or creating outdoor relaxation areas adjacent to second-floor master suites.

Often, these outdoor spaces are furnished as if they were located indoors, providing design continuity and a seamless flow between living areas. With the simple slide of a wall, a home’s floor space can instantly expand to accommodate dining, entertainment, and recreation activities. And the use of built-in fireplaces and shaded areas even makes outdoor living practical for homeowners in less-than-ideal climates.

Because outdoor living spaces expand the functional square footage of a home, they can also add tremendous value to a home.

Connecting a home to the great outdoors also brings the proven health and wellness benefits of natural ventilation, natural light, and social interaction. It’s a trend that is only expected to continue to flourish.