The Inside Out Landscape

March 19th 2013
Glen Goldberg

Bringing the Inside Out

Trade publications often ask me to identify new trends in landscaping. What I have noticed most recently is a much more considerable effort of tying the outside of the home to the inside, a blending of the boundary. We have collaborated with an increasing number of interior designers to ensure the view and feeling from inside the home moves effortlessly to the outside, recognizing that the view is a fundamental part of a room’s ambience.

But it is more than the view that is changing.

As we remodel, update, and expand our homes, outdoor living spaces have become critical to the overall plan. Retrofitting an existing home once meant combining the kitchen and family room. Today we are more often asked to bring kitchen and entertaining areas outside. 

Today we are more often asked to bring kitchen and entertaining areas outside.  

The patio has taken on a living-room-look with design elements once reserved for the inside: stylish furniture built to withstand the elements, interesting new textiles, lighting and fire features. Flanking these new living areas are built-in grills or fully-equipped outdoor kitchens creating a complete and functional casual entertaining space or a retreat right outside the door.