Creating A Year Round Indoor Outdoor Living Space

For those lucky enough to live in a beautiful area, there is nothing better than expanding an indoor living space into the outdoors. When it comes to indoor outdoor living there are plenty of options to choose from but there are also plenty of challenges to deal with as well. The different types of weather that an area can experience must be considered before creating a space that joins the indoors to the outdoors. A space needs to be able to hold up to the elements and still be comfortable. Temperature changes, precipitation, and humidity are challenges that must be considered when creating an indoor outdoor living space.

Summertime Challenges

One of the main challenges in creating indoor outdoor living spaces is being able to keep temperatures comfortable year round. A few key additions to the living space can make it possible to enjoy indoor outdoor living throughout the year. The key challenge during summer months is keeping the space cool. Large sliding doors are a great way to bridge the gap between the inside and outside during the hot summer months. They can be opened to let in a cooling breeze and allow for better airflow. For living spaces that expand onto an outdoor patio or porch, outdoor fans are a great option for the summer months. 

Winter Challenges

The cold winter months can bring many challenges to an indoor outdoor living space. When temperatures drop below freezing, a comforting fire is a great way to keep warm. A fireplace that connects to both the inside and outside is a great way to bridge the gap between the inside and outside during the winter months. These fireplaces are also available with windows that provide views both to the inside and outside. Gas log fireplaces are a great choice for outdoor living. Gas logs (such as those provided by Hearth and Patio) are very efficient heat producers and also require little to no maintenance. This makes them ideal for indoor outdoor living. 

Humidity and Furniture

One final thing to consider when creating an indoor outdoor living space is humidity. Humidity can be furniture's biggest enemy. If a piece of furniture is going to stay primarily outdoors, then it is important to find pieces that are moisture resistant. Materials such as teak, metal, and plastic hold up well to the elements. Cushions and fabrics that are susceptible to mildew should be brought indoors during humid or rainy conditions.

Indoor outdoor living spaces can be a great addition to any home. By planning for different weather conditions, additions can be added in order to make the space usable year round.