Summer is quickly approaching and while the Sunshine Coast is a beautiful place to live, it can be quite hot and uncomfortable inside your home during these upcoming months. With the festive season not far off, it’s time to start planning how to best take advantage of your living space in order to make it both comfortable and entertainment friendly. Indoor-outdoor flow is not a new concept, but often gets overlooked as a solution to these issues.
We often get clients asking how to improve their home to better accommodate for entertaining and when we suggest working on their indoor-outdoor flow, they become overwhelmed by the thought. We are here to tell you not only is converting your home to improve the indoor-outdoor flow doable but it can also be much easier than expected.
Here are the five things you need to do to achieve great indoor-outdoor flow:
1. Invest in a large opening. Okay we know the word ‘invest’ equates to ‘spend money’ but it is well worth it! With a well-placed large opening, you’ll have the ability to double your entertaining space, improve airflow and when the party is over, close it up and have your home back. And if you choose a reputable company to do the renovation, they will work with you on creating a feasible budget and adhere strictly to it. It’s a win-win.
2. Remember when we discussed a ‘well-placed’ large opening? Well, as you know, the Sunshine Coast is one of the most breathtaking areas in Australia (yes,we may be a bit biased) and in all likelihood you have an area of your home with a gorgeous view. Whether it’s the ocean or the Glasshouse Mountains, there is something to see. Make sure you take advantage of it when opening up your home.
3. A level should be your best friend. You really need to minimise any disparities between the indoor and outdoor areas, so that means if your outdoor space is a step down from your indoor space or vice versa, you should really attempt to level it out. This will ensure the space can function as a whole and you don’t have to worry about anyone accidentally falling up or down the stairs while you’re entertaining.
4. Choose flooring that is flexible. All we mean by this is that your flooring should have the durability to withstand our harsh climate outside but also work well inside. This will really help you achieve a cohesive look and feel.
5. Cover it up! Now that you’ve created this beautiful space, make sure you do your best to take care of it! That means you should really consider building a cover for your outdoor space to protect it (and your outdoor furniture) from those rainy days.
6. Enjoy! You’ve done the renovations and now it’s time for you to kick back and relax in your beautiful indoor-outdoor space.
If you’re interested in learning how to convert your home to feature indoor-outdoor flow, contact us today at 1300 527 426 or visit our residential page to learn more.