Today’s Home Plans often Blur the Line between Indoor/Outdoor Living

2013-03-23T00:00:00Z Today’s Home Plans often Blur the Line between Indoor/Outdoor Living nwitimes.com
March 23, 2013 12:00 am

There’s nothing like a blast of frigid artic air the day before spring’s highly-anticipated arrival to make Midwesterners smile and say, “at least the sun is shining.” We know warmer weather is on the way, and we look forward to moving outdoors.

In today’s fast-paced, highly inter-connected world, spending time at home with family and friends is one of life’s simple pleasures. That makes outdoor living areas the perfect environment for entertaining, enjoying family time or simply unwinding anytime the weather cooperates.

As a result, for many homebuyers, the perfect outdoor space is often more than just the icing on the cake of their dream home, and local home builders have responded by emphasizing easy indoor/outdoor flow in their floor plans.

Over the last several years, outdoor spaces featuring everything from fire pits and fireplaces to al fresco dining areas, living rooms and cooking areas outfitted with a simple grill to a complete gourmet kitchen and bar area, have become popular options along with custom decks and extended patios.

Often, screened porch areas or sun-filled Florida rooms provide near-seamless connections to these outdoor living areas through decorative French or sliding glass doors, and there’s usually a wall of windows at the rear of the home so you can enjoy the view and bring a bit of the outdoors indoors.

Once inside, the easy flow continues with open kitchen, dining and living areas that complete the perfect blend of indoor/outdoor living people enjoy today.

During the upcoming Spring Showcase of Homes Tour April 13-14 & 20-21, you can see examples from the area’s leading builders with homes open from 12noon-4pm. Look for complete details plus easy-to-follow maps in The Times each day of the event, plus in a handy special section publishing April 11.

Local builders have been hard at work over the winter and look forward to welcoming people into their homes, which will include a variety of single family homes, paired homes and townhomes in many different neighborhoods throughout Lake and Porter counties. Some homes are part of newer, developing communities that feature different amenities like walking paths, community parks, clubhouses and swimming pools. Others are located in a bit more secluded enclaves, while some are new additions to older, established neighborhoods.

The great thing about touring homes during a Showcase of Homes event is the fact that you get to see so many different things. For example, have you ever wondered whether you would like a walkout basement in your next home? Depending on the topography of the selected home site, a walk out basement can be either finished or unfinished like a regular basement, but the main differences are that it provides a separate outside entrance and can offer more daylight depending on the windows. Another attractive feature is the ability to add additional outdoor living space – a covered patio on the lower level gives you a deck on the main floor that can be screened or left open.

Please note that homes in the Spring Showcase may be in various stages of construction and are not necessarily completely finished. This gives you the unique opportunity to compare what’s behind the walls as well as the finished product in many cases. Mark you calendars now for your chance to see what all the excitement is about in new in home building this year.

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