We are seeing a developing trend of retired homeowners renovating their homes to create more space for their growing, extended family especially when the grandchildren arrive. They say it takes a village to raise a child and this is evident in the growing number of outdoor rooms being retrofitted to homes of empty nesters. From toddlers right through to teenagers, grandparents are providing full days & nights of grandparenting love and care allowing the parents/guardians to work.
Another scenario that requires functional living spaces is when family members (including grandchildren) move back in to their parents home due to financial or lifestyle changes. We also see this scenario flipped when ageing parent(s) move in to their child’s and grandchildren’s home for care and security. Either situation ideally requires more space for harmonious living.
Three-gen (or multi generational) living can work well for all those involved particularly when spaces in the home are well thought out and separate zones can easily be created catering to all forms of relaxation whether that be loud music from the teenagers bedroom to a quiet, sunny nook for afternoon reading.
From beautiful villa renovations to contemporary style homes, renovations frequently now include the addition of an outdoor room to create more space and indoor-outdoor flow, particularly from a lounge or kitchen area, through the outdoor room and out to the back yard or by enclosing a deck area with an outdoor room and opening roof.
Outdoor Rooms All Year Round
Outdoor Rooms need to be functional all year round, be adaptable and comfortable for an array of family and friends, and being able to accommodate Australia’s climate. Adding the outdoor room off the main lounge creates a connection between the two spaces and to the outdoor area.
Outdoor Room projects generally start with the building of a deck (or use of the existing deck) followed by the installation of motorised Opening Roofs and the added option of filling in the Opening Roof sides with hand adjustable sun louvre panels and frameless sliding glass doors and/or outdoor blinds. Finishing touches included Louvretec lighting & outdoor heaters mounted to the blades, gutters or frame of the Opening Roof.
Open Up Your Home & create more space
The new outdoor room will quickly become the family’s new favourite room and gathering space to house alfresco family gatherings, whatever the weather. Indoor outdoor flow is instantly created leading from inside to the outside.
Open up your home by sliding back the louvre sliders and opening up the louvre roof or alternatively close the louvres, turn on the outdoor heaters and create a comfortable haven or provide shade when required.
Fully customised to match any building style, the new outdoor room easily complements both older style homes and new builds. With over 100 different colour options to choose from your Opening Roof can blend beautifully with your existing joinery or it can be a fresh pop of colour and become the eye-catching finishing touch.
The creation of an outdoor room will provide you with welcomed space and can add value to your home along with functional outdoor living and gathering space that encapsulates the outdoors. Bringing the outdoors in has a new meaning when you incorporate an outdoor room to the design of your home or building. Considerations include comfortable gathering spaces, making the most of your home or building, protection as required from the elements, connection to the outside and creating a connection for an effortless transition from inside to outside.
Contact Louvretec today for your free site visit and design ideas.