Listed oxfordshire farmhouse extension

By Abi Amor

Bringing the outside inside – to rooms across the home.

When summer approaches most of us want to throw the doors open to let in the glorious fresh summer air. In doing so looking into our gardens and outside seating areas to see what can be done to make the most of whatever sunshine the English summer can throw at us. However, depending on the scale of your project and budget there are lots of ways to do this to have an impact all year round.

Spaces you shouldn’t forget

The first place we think of when it comes to inside-outside living is the living room which opens up onto a patio or garden, naturally so. However, bedrooms and upstairs spaces seem to be often neglected in this department. We encourage you not to do so! Having French doors that lead into the garden with a seating area from a bedroom can be a lovely place to relax away from the hubbub of the main house.

Natural Outside Light into Bedrooms
Bringing Outside into Bedrooms

Transitions: bringing outside inside.

If you’re about to embark on a larger project especially here in the UK or other rainy, cool climates, then it is worth considering your transition from indoor to outdoor for all seasons. We all know making a seamless transition to the outdoors is vital to creating that feeling of space. However, one big factor missed at construction is top light. Look at these photos below and you can see how good architectural design can bring the outside in whatever the season (also applicable to pools to make a real wow factor!).

Rustic farmhouse modern renovation design
Integrated indoor-outdoor extensions
Fully glazed double height hallway new build home interior design
Bringing the outside into halls & stairways

Doors: bi-fold or sliding

We’re all well versed with bi-fold doors and how this can make your living area open out onto your outside seating area and garden. However, we feel to maximise the view when they are closed the better option are slim profile sliding doors as there are larger panes of glass through which the outside can be appreciated. Another great underused architectural feature is the cutaway corner sliding doors. This opens the whole corner of your room to the outdoors when they are open and maximises the view out when the doors are closed and don’t forget these cutaway corners can come in as well as out!

River House white lines glass walls interior design
Bringing the outside in through sliding doors
Stunning contemporary bathroom interior design with glass wall overlooking countryside
Bringing outside into bathrooms
Award winning home design contemporary living spaces
River House cutaway side sliding doors

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