Bursting to get out!


As we transition from Crazy Hot Summer to Tolerably Warm Fall here in Austin, we tend to burst outside as if surfacing from a deep dive. We gulp in the fresh air and revel in the teeniest cool breeze. It begs the question – how do we bring that gorgeousness inside when we can’t be out? Our sizzling summers require protection from the horrendous heat so living in a tree fort remains an aspiration. But what about these options for creating indoor/outdoor living spaces?


Walls Optional. Consider removing a wall/window/door in favor of a pivoting glass structure, such as this one designed for the Operable Boundary Townhouse by Dean/Wolfe (which cameoed in my previous post). To do something like this, you’ll need to consult an architect for design + construction support, to make sure it’s going to function correctly.


This table keeps the party going… and is a simple sculptural element linking the interior with the exterior when no one is at table.


A glass garage door will be a more reasonably priced option to bring outdoors in. Donkee House posts: Garage doors can become a stunning and refreshing industrial element in the home combining function and beauty. Take a look at their post here for other examples of glass garage doors used as walls or discover more here.


Engawa House by Tezuka Architects

Common in traditional Japanese homes but now rare in Japan – the Engawa is a narrow space that serves as a transition space between the indoors and outdoors.


Megumi Sekiguchi writes of engawa: “The external corridor is used as the main relaxation area in Japanese tradition. They enjoy tea, external views, smells, winds, and birds’ song and so on… That is always a question that what makes people comfort. In fact, I have external corridors in my house in Japan. I believe that the nature is the one which only can comfort/ relax human beings.”

Enjoy the coming cool!

~ Sue Lambe

One Response to “Bursting to get out!”

  1. Kaci says:

    I love the pivoting glass wall! Certainly something I’m going to consider when (if) buying
    my first home. :)

    Great idea, Sue!

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