Sponsored: Inspired indoor-outdoor design

Though we’re halfway through autumn, now is the time for new-home buyers to plan for next year’s indoor-outdoor living. Flooring and fireplace design can take place while you await quality furniture delivery, which may require three to four months’ lead time.

In new homes with California Rooms, flooring is the first consideration. Linda Hebert, sales and marketing consultant for Alamo-based Kiper Homes, defines the California Room as an all-encompassing outdoor space extending from the main house under a contiguous roofline. The flooring between interior space and a true California Room is typically level, with no step down. But the best way to ensure the look and feel of a California Room is to choose the same flooring material inside and out.

“Contiguous flooring makes the California Room a true extension of the inside of the home,” explained Kelly Krhoun, owner and president of San Ramon-based Creative Design Group. Flooring might range from marble tile to durable-but-stylish engineered woods in light grays, taupe or tans. In new homes that are on the larger side, the direction of flooring installation — such as lengthwise, widthwise or in a herringbone pattern — can vary from the inside to outside without losing the contiguous feel.

Colors and textiles

Model homes with California Rooms in Toll Brothers homes at Tassajara Hills in Dublin blend indoor colors with natural outdoor colors such as greens, light tans and the golds of the hills beyond the homes.

Craving color? An economical and practical choice is to use neutral beiges or warm grays on outdoor furniture cushions with bright, bold accent pillows both inside and outside. These pops of color connect the spaces. In addition, area rugs both inside and outside can mimic the light, earthy colors and patterns in the flooring.

Lorraine Hamlin, marketing manager for Toll Brothers of Northern California, explained the importance …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle


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