Bridging the Gap: Inspiring Indoor/Outdoor Spaces

Living in San Francisco, where roof decks and balconies are coveted commodities, I long for some outdoor space of my own. A small balcony that would provide a little fresh air, natural light and a sense of freedom would suffice. For now I'll have to settle by drooling over inspiring ways to achieve this indoor/outdoor effect that I dream of one day incorporating into my home...

1. The massive retractable windows that surround this live/work space in South Africa create an openness that blend the interior and the landscape. Via Marie Claire Maison.
2. The wall full of exterior doors allow the back deck to become an extension of the living space adding function and flexibility. Via Bestor Architecture.
3. This Mill Valley residence, home to the founder of Dwell Magazine, was designed to foster a greater indoor/outdoor connection. The glass pivot door elevates the family's backyard centered life by joining the kitchen to the patio. Via Dwell.
4. Two San Francisco apartments are fused together at a central courtyard fully enclosed with glass stacking doors. This exterior space allows light to permeate the interior while providing access to the outdoors. Via Inhabitat.

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