It seems everyone is more educated and concerned about being environmentally friendly these days. And that’s a good thing. That certainly applies to home designs and house plans. The old, misguided notion that being Eco-friendly meant you had to compromise comfort or aesthetics for your home is completely unfounded. In fact, by choosing some of the sustainable options for your house plan, you can have the best of both worlds: an environmentally sound home that looks good and can even help you conserve money on your energy bill, as well.
And the patio…and the porch…and whatever else adds value and sophistication to your home’s inviting, outdoor gathering spaces. We recently wrote about the popularity of taking hospitality outdoors (see our recent blog, The Great Outdoors). We want to take that a step further, or rather, a step closer to the house proper, while extending the outdoor living experience in a way that is attractive, functional, and ultimately charming to friends and family alike.
Whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in between, most people love the outdoors. Especially in mild, temperate climates that afford numerous opportunities for getting outside for a little R-and-R. One trend we have noticed at Donald A. Gardner Architects in recent years is that homeowners value living spaces that extend beyond the walls of their house proper. Depending on your interests and imagination, there are seemingly unlimited possibilities to bring the outdside in…or rather, to expand your living experience beyond walls, doors, and windows to the great outdoors.
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