Make your garden part of the plan when designing a new rear-aspect layout
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Architects and interior designers love to bounce around the term ‘indoor/outdoor’ to describe a room that transitions seamlessly from the interior space to a connected outside area. This type of open-plan living can offer a number of advantages, including increased light, easy access and the feeling of being outdoors.
Whether you’re planning an extension or just rejigging your existing floor space, installing appropriate doors, clever flooring and effective planting can help to give you a useful and attractive indoor/outdoor scheme. Check out these spaces for inspiration.
The contemporary kitchen…
This single-wall kitchen marks the property’s transition between old and new; where the original house and extension meet. There’s also a fusion of styles, with traditional and modern elements positioned side-by-side for a lively mix. Bright accessories are tempered by stainless-steel accents, while flat-fronted cabinets contrast with the timeless smoked oak floor.
…with traditional French windows
The classic-meets-contemporary collaboration continues as we look outside. Wide French windows (with matching sidelights) maintain a sense of light and space, framing the view of the garden beyond. The antique-style dining table and chairs set reinforces the theme of juxtaposition.
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The rustic cook space…
Potted plants and rustic styling give this charming space a garden room feel. Wood and metal are the primary materials; their inclusion stops the scheme from becoming twee. Vintage furniture adds character, while painted floorboards ensure an imperceptible transition to the rest of the house.
…with a killer courtyard
The theme outside is less ‘farmhouse chic’ and more ‘contemporary cool’. With paving arranged in an alternating brick pattern, there’s no need for extraneous decoration. Simple white rendered walls with inherent planters house olive trees and box balls. As the garden grows, the arbour will provide a welcome shady spot for outside meals.
The characterful kitchen…
This jumbo extension has been carefully crafted to pack in masses of texture. The effect of layering these specially selected elements – reclaimed parquet flooring, Tolix stools and an exposed-brick-effect wall – is to make you forget that this part of the house is a new addition.
…designed around outside entertaining
When the doors are opened, the entire sandstone-clad terrace becomes part of the kitchen area. Comfy sofas make the most of the sunny aspect – with a fire pit ready for chilly evenings – while diners can take their pick of indoor or outdoor tables.
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The simple scheme…
A pared-back monochromatic palette allows focus to be drawn towards the supersized sliding doors. The aqua hue of the metro-tiled spashback echoes the blue tint of the glass, while white composite worktops glow under the large roof light.
…where the garden’s the star
Ingenious wood-effect tiles mean the kitchen flooring can run seamlessly outdoors, where it complements the packed borders. Even the roof hosts a mini container garden, which can be appreciated from the upper floors.
The timber-clad kitchen…
This urban-inspired kitchen uses polished concrete and reclaimed materials to maximum effect. For cabinets, off-the-shelf carcasses have been fitted with timber fronts made from sawn oak, which was sanded before being sealed with a clear lacquer. A brass tap provides a pleasing metallic glint.
…with a matching exterior
Black Crittall-style doors match the industrial vibe in the kitchen. The versatile concrete floor is durable enough for a flawless indoor/outdoor transition, as well as a cool contrasting colour.
Horizontal cedar fencing presents a contemporary solution to privacy issues; its warm tones mirror the oak cabinets inside and perform the same job of balancing the scheme’s harder elements.
What would you do to link your interior with your outdoor space? Share your ideas in the Comments below.