Outdoor Living Spaces: Decks, Patios, and Gardens

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Over the years, we have seen a multitude of changes in trends, both indoors and outdoors. Our clients, driven by a desire to make the most of their spaces, have been at the forefront of these changes. In recent years, we have witnessed a transformation in our relationship with the outdoors and a renewed enthusiasm for expanding and harmonizing our living spaces. So, what are some of those trends, and how can we help you harmonize your spaces?

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Seamless Indoor -Outdoor Integration

Integrating indoor and outdoor spaces is a standout request among many clients. Many homeowners desire to extend their living spaces beyond traditional walls, creating fluid transitions between indoor rooms and outdoor decks or patios. Large, sliding glass doors, bi-fold doors, and even retractable walls are becoming popular, allowing for uninterrupted views and easy outdoor access. We find that this integration not only enhances the aesthetic appeal but also maximizes the functional space of a home. We can help you decide which of these may fit the architectural style of your home throughout the design process.

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Outdoor Kitchens and Dining Areas

The concept of outdoor kitchens has evolved from simple barbecue setups to fully equipped culinary spaces. We are seeing and designing more sophisticated outdoor dining areas with limitless options, such as built-in grills, pizza ovens, refrigerators, and even dishwashers. Paired with comfortable and stylish dining areas, these spaces are designed to meet all your entertaining needs.

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Multifunctional Spaces

We believe in designing a space that speaks to you and all your needs. This may mean that multifunctional spaces are necessary for your daily needs. Multifunctional spaces can serve as a dining spot, lounge, workspace, or more. What can we design that helps you easily reconfigure this space? Modular furniture, moveable planters, retractable awnings, or pergolas are all things that can aid in changing a space to suit all the different activities and occasions that life may bring to you. Let’s create a space that adapts to all of life’s ebbs and flows.

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As an architect, it’s exciting to see how innovation, sustainability, and technology are transforming decks, patios, and gardens into essential extensions of the home. Whether you are building a new home or enhancing an existing space, there is much room for inspiration and creativity to fit your lifestyle needs. When you partner with us, you will view all your transformations through 3D Virtual Reality, where you will enjoy an immersive viewing experience. We offer this at every stage of the design process so that you can feel the transformation every step of the way.

Share the vision of your redefined outdoor space and step into it with the latest technology when you work with us.

Design NW is an architectural firm in Vancouver, WA, specializing in the design of custom and remodeled home design for over 25 years. Our Virtual 3D-technology home plans allow our clients to see their homes come to life. Now you can see your home before it’s built.