Courtyards, porches, and loggias increase the livability of a home’s interior as well as its exterior
Along with providing additional living area, carefully designed outdoor spaces enhance the adjacent indoor square footage, too. Strategically placed courtyards bring natural light into rooms located near the central portion of a home, while expansive porches and loggias open out onto pools and other backyard entertainment features. Although outdoor spaces are valuable to single-family designs, they’re also essential to common areas of multifamily projects, such as the clubhouse. The following ideas from our House Review team offer unique ways to blur the lines between indoor and outdoor living.
Trevi Plan 3, Orchard Hills
This is the quintessential indoor-outdoor house, with plentiful open-air and covered outdoor space, as well as a generous pool and deck area flowing seamlessly from the open-plan interior rooms through expansive accordion glass doors. The consistent use of one paving material both defines the outdoor spaces and brings them together as a whole. Outdoor spaces follow the same design principles as indoor rooms: Each is properly scaled and furnished to fulfill a specific purpose and in a fashion that’s consistent with the style and materials of the house. Surrounded on three sides by the living and dining spaces and gallery, and viewed from the private bedrooms and bonus family room above, the interior courtyard offers intimate seating for four. The covered loggia, an extension of the great room, serves as a dining room for a dozen guests. Paved areas adjacent to the loggia and kitchen provide comfortable seating for relaxation and outdoor dining.
We partnered with Beazer Homes in coastal Delaware to create a residents’ clubhouse with inviting outdoor living areas. Multiple spaces provide residents with views, seating, tables, fireplaces, and areas for large and small groups. The main courtyard is an appealing place both day and night, with seating and a fireplace to keep warm during the evening while stargazing. The flanking covered porches are designed for seating and eating, and all outdoor areas are oriented for views of the water feature. An optimal outdoor living experience is one that features multiple spaces that are linked together so that residents can spend time outside in all kinds of weather.