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3 Stylish Homes That Blur the Line Between Outside and In

Sheltering from the elements is overrated

By Designlines

We’re all about design and interiors here at DL, but like anyone, we also crave the outdoors. That balance is healthy – plus, we’re just suckers for gorgeous homes that manage to exist beyond their own four walls. Below, we’ve rounded up three of our favourites that bring the outside in, and the inside out.

Outside home

Farmhouse Chic

It’s only fitting that a home built by an apple farmer retains a connection to the outdoors. This Wychwood home’s well-tended gardens help, as do brick-to-brick plate glass windows, but the welcome breakdown between interior and exterior happens in the home’s rear, where the kitchen, dining room and red cedar-clad solarium were transformed into an open-concept layout, allowing the two former spaces seamlessly flow into the latter. The only thing missing now is the old orchard. See the full build here.

Photo by Bob Gundu

Breaking the Fourth Wall

Working with a lot situated along one of Toronto’s many ravines, Williamson+Williamson Architects was charged with building into it, rather than simply above it. Inside, a series of terraced spaces help establish the desired sense of continuity with the surrounding environment, and then give way to a cantilevered roof and massive, sapele and glass sliding doors. When pulled back, the corner walls of the home disappear, completely blurring the line between inside and out. See the home here.

Photo by Ben Rahn/A-Frame

Big and Small

Designed and lived in by PD Labs Antonio Tadrissi, there’s no one feature that erodes the barrier between interior and exterior in this home. Instead, a series of features, both big and small, do the necessary work. On the larger side, an atrium running the length of the home brings in all-day light. Scaling down, the generous use of multiple woods throughout, including eucalyptus, cumaru and oak, reinforce the home’s naturalistic quality. And finally, small green asides, including a bamboo garden (pictured above) and a kitchen green wall, finish the tableau. See the full build here.