Blending Indoor and Outdoor Living

Floridians, whether native or new, love sunshine and being outdoors. Architects, builders and interior designers have been increasing the amount of indoor/outdoor residential space in new construction and product manufacturers are producing more nature-friendly fabrics to follow the trend. It makes so much sense in Florida to slide open doors and expand your entertaining area to accommodate friends and family. Open spaces appeal to all ages and give everyone a comfortable spot to relax and have fun. The result is a transformation from a grill on the lanai to fully appointed outdoor living rooms, dining rooms and kitchens.

JM Communities is building a new home at Hidden Bay in Nokomis, Florida that features an open kitchen and great room inside the house and disappearing sliding glass doors to the outside caged pool and partially covered lanai. The home is situated on a large wooded lot. The effect of opening the sliders is a seamless transition to the outdoors that doubles the usable space. It connects the living room with outdoor dining, the swimming pool and gives the whole house an insect-free setting amidst Florida slash pines and grand oak trees.

A wide variety of rugs, shades, umbrellas, fabrics, furniture and light fixtures are readily available in styles and price ranges-all designed to address the challenges of swimming pools, strong sun, and tropical showers. Some homeowners want an outside room with comfy places to curl up in front of an outdoor fireplace when the sun drops below the horizon and that feature can be styled to match your Mediterranean villa or Key West plantation-style home. When the living room moves outside, so does the entertainment. Televisions above the fireplace or on a wall above the end of the pool appeal to those who wish to be plugged-in when they are inside or outside! The possibilities are expanding every day but the trend toward blending indoor and outdoor living is here to stay.