Residential Design

VOL4 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, is the principal and founder of Visbeen Architects, Inc., winner of more than 100 Residential Design Awards and dozens of Best in American Living Awards. D edicated outdoor living spaces are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners. Years ago, well-designed outdoor spaces were generally reserved for upscale homes. Today, we see these spaces becoming more mainstream as homeowners are looking for places to escape the grind, relax and retreat to a vacation state of mind. Busy lifestyles leave these homeowners searching for this vacay-vista in a very local getaway—their own backyards. What is surprising is that many architects, designers and home builders are choosing to either disregard these outdoor living areas or compromise them by leaving out key amenities such as fireplaces. A research study conducted by leading fireplace manufacturer Napoleon disclosed that while only 13 percent of homeowners have an outdoor fireplace or fire table, 88 percent consider them to be either essential or a definite plus when shown design ideas. We sat down with renowned architect Wayne Visbeen to discuss the key to creating an outdoor living space homebuyers can't resist and the important role fire plays in their design. Q: What amenities and design features are homeowners requesting in outdoor living spaces? Visbeen: An outdoor living space is an extension of the home's square footage and it should feel like a room, a room that has been thoughtfully designed and connects with the indoor space. I'm a fan of creating outdoor living spaces off the kitchen and OUTDOOR LIVING IS HOTTER THAN EVER Q&A WITH AWARD-WINNING ARCHITECT WAYNE VISBEEN ADVERTISEMENT

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