As we enter into another season at Tremmel Design Group, it seems a very common space is trending to become a vital part of the average home. I’m talking about this hard to define yet always lived in indoor/outdoor room.
The kind of room that really isn’t a room. It’s a space which lets it’s edges blur inward toward a family room or kitchen and outward to a patio or outdoor dining.
Today’s family isn’t living in the living room anymore. We have a feeling as Baby Boomers retire, their visions of living room furniture wrapped in vinyl is playing into their need of the new family room. Once the vinyl goes away, the room can truly be lived in. Open floor plans (thank you!) deserve some credit here too. As the kids get older and start moving out of the house, more entertaining takes place. And it’s taking place in the kitchen, where the host can be in command central with access and views to a wider array of rooms within the home. Just as the open plan promoted this flexibility, then came the desired option to open your house to the environment.
The climate here in Colorado Springs is perfect for an indoor/outdoor room. Believe me , I do not miss the humidity and bugs of Nebraska. This city has such a buzz and energy that makes you want to spend as much time outside as possible. But wouldn’t it be nice if it were a step away under shelter if a rain shower came through? And I’m not talking about a covered deck with a single door. I’m talking about a wall, or series of walls, that glides out of the way in seconds. Imagine opening up your home to this great weather while extending the attached room outward. I can see why this new room is trending here. You’ve spent the time and energy in owning your home, why not use it for all it’s worth?
Just be careful when dreaming of this new space… it may make your kids want to move back in, and we wouldn’t want that.