One of the biggest architectural trends right now is blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor living, especially in our beautiful Sunshine Coast climate. Here’s five of the top architectural trends in this space.

wall to floor glass.

Redefining indoor and outdoor boundaries

The boundaries between indoors and out are being absolutely redefined. Seamless transition between the spaces is being achieved with glass and support columns versus solid walls. This is taking open plan to a whole new level.

Thermally-efficient glass walls, doors and windows that can be opened in the warmer months, is bringing the outside in and giving a sense of oneness with the outdoors and the views beyond.

Floor to ceiling glass is revolutionising indoor living. In a feast of natural light, indoors have become bright spaces.

Decks for luxury lazing

Part of the seamless indoor/outdoor experience is how the outdoors are fitted out. Luxurious lounging furnishings have become the norm on the deck. You can further utilise deck space for luxury living by adding a pool or hot tub.  Deck spaces are being upgraded for lifestyle enjoyment.

Outdoor kitchens are a smart investment

Outdoor kitchens are highly sought after by homebuyers. Our great climate is ideal for outdoor cooking and dining. It’s all about lifestyle – relaxed, laid back, leisurely.

Outdoor kitchens don’t need to take up a huge amount of space. A bench-top, cook-top, sink, and under-the-counter refrigerator make a highly useable and functional kitchen space.

The outdoor kitchen can be used for regular family meals in the outdoors or entertaining friends. It’s a multi-purpose space that can take your outdoor area to the next level.

Image: Dezeen.

Let the games begin

Especially dedicated gaming areas are becoming popular as more and more people seek to spend downtime at home relaxing with friends and family. Outdoor pool, chess, bocce courts – whatever activities your family enjoys – can add another level to the outdoor enjoyment of your home. Busy lifestyles have definitely led to a greater awareness of home as a place to play and unwind.

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The beauty of the outdoor bathroom

Outdoor bathrooms are gaining in prevalence. Outdoor showers can be practical as well as delightful. Outdoor tubs are growing in popularity and although not as practical as the shower, can be exquisitely enjoyable. A variation of this is the bathroom that opens up to the out-of-doors … open the doors and let the outside in.

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If you’d like to maximise the relationship between indoors and out on your home build or renovation, we’d love to hear from you.