Thursday, April 18, 2024

An Architect Shows How To Improve The Indoor-Outdoor Flow

Hello there. I am writing this blog post from the corner of the living room where I can see my backyard and the trees and the sky beyond. It’s quite warm, so the doors and windows are all open. The good part about my living room is massive glassdoor to the backyard. It sort of feels blended and connected with the outdoor. I have placed my olive tree at a vantage point where it is always visible from all sides of the living room, dining area and the kitchen. It works wonders. Any time I feel low, I look at it and I feel grateful. Research says that even small breaks just to look out the windows helps a lot. So it is quite obvious that we work on indoor-outdoor flow of our homes. This Sydney-based architect, Steve Koolloos, director of MCK Architects, shows how he did it with his own once dilapidated home. He literally bought “the worst house in the best street” and redesigned it to connect with the nature. Let’s explore.

He became his own architect and redesigned the entire house on a budget, because this was not a no-expense left project and it took him more than two years to finish this. While redesigning your house completely might not be an idea for many of us, but there is still so much to learn from this house. I see plants in every corner, but they don’t give you a jungalow feeling. They are all strategically placed. All the glass doors bring in so much light. And the best part is the view of the grass in the lawn and all the plants outdoor. Even the bathroom looks like a spa, thanks to the plants placed right outside the bathroom door. This is a great way to connect to the nature and it feel so rejuvenating.

So are you working on indoor-outdoor flow of your home? Or perhaps you already have one. 🙂

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