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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dining area. This allows the homeowner to entertain while preparing food or drinks indoors. If they would rather keep the mess (and the fun) outdoors, I'll add a premium built-in grill and kitchen to really elevate that party platter. It is important to create a natural transition between indoors and out. Take style cues from the rest of the home, continue with your existing color pallet and use lighting as you would indoors to create a sense of dimension. To blend the two spaces, I like to use accordion folding doors. They allow you to truly open one space into the next. Using a retractable screen, I'm able to create separation from the outdoors when it is desired, like during a rainy day or a buggy night. The star of the show, the fireplace, serves as both a focal point and a social anchor. The right heating element is both inviting and beautiful while offering homeowners a sense of relaxation, socialization and functionality. Something Napoleon calls a Hot Spot. Q: How can builders, architects and designers incorporate desirable outdoor living into smaller spaces? Visbeen: Many homeowners are opting for smaller, multipurpose spaces both indoors and out. When it comes to a quality outdoor living area, size has nothing to do with it. It's all about smart design and choosing the right amenities. In my own home, I've created a space that is small yet cleverly designed to offer ample room for grilling and entertaining. For the latter, I have a flame table as a sophisticated focal point and an inviting place for guests and potential clients to gather. I love my Napoleon Kensington Square PatioflameĀ® Table because it can run off a small propane tank or be attached to a gas line. This works well for small spaces, rooftops and condos in metropolitan areas. Outdoor gathering spots can also help make a smaller home feel larger with the right design and a little open air. Q: What role(s) does fire play in an outdoor living space? Visbeen: Some of life's memorable moments happen around the fireā€”late-night s'mores as a child, flickering flames on a romantic evening and backyard campouts with the kids. Fire creates a space for life's memorable moments to occur. A fireplace not only adds ambiance, but it also adds to usability and design aesthetic. Adding fire extends the usability of an outdoor living area earlier into the spring and later into the fall. Understand how this space will be used, who will be using it, how often and the style of the home, be it traditional, transitional, contemporary or rustic. Once these questions are answered, the designer can choose the right hearth for the job and ultimately that represents an increased opportunity for additional sales and profits. Napoleon is a leading North American manufacturer of wood-burning, gas and electric fireplaces. Napoleon aims to inspire and enhance the most memorable experiences people enjoy in their homes. To find out more about Napoleon, visit FOR MORE INFO CIRCLE 2

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