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Builder Notes: Customizing an Outdoor Living Space

This is the second in a series of posts supplying insight into the world of custom home building by providing a behind-the-scenes peek into two custom homes recently nominated for the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) Star Awards. In the first post, I shared my thoughts about how to design a contemporary kitchen that feels warm and inviting. Today I’d like to discuss a few unique details implemented in the outdoor living space of this modern home, located on the shores of Lake Travis.

Here are a few points you may not notice upon first glance at the exterior of this home:

My team and I deliberately situated the infinity edge of the beautiful tiled pool to face towards the home so homeowners would be able to enjoy views of the water spilling over the pool’s edge, even when indoors. With oversized windows throughout the home, the pool can be seen from all of the main living areas. Thanks to custom lighting that changes colors and illuminates the tile on the infinity edge, homeowners are able to enjoy the calming waterfall views anytime, day or night.

Like many of the homes I design, this kitchen contains a large pass-through window to allow for easier meal prep when the homeowners are grilling or utilizing the outdoor space. The pass-through window also works well when kids are playing in the pool and take a break for lunch; there’s no need for wet little feet to run through the house when they can simply “order up” from the kitchen window! Design tip: Pass-through windows are not a very costly addition to a home, but they add a great deal of functionality to the overall design. Speak with your builder or designer to see if a pass-through window would make sense to help create a seamless indoor/outdoor living space in your home.

The powder room closest to the pool has an exterior door so guests can easily utilize it as a changing area. Again, this is a design choice that was deliberately made in order to avoid wet foot traffic throughout the house.

There are multiple seating areas to allow for maximum functionality in this outdoor space, and each of the covered outdoor areas is wired for both sound and video.

The lower level covered patio is a great space for al-fresco dining, as a home for the grill, and it works well as a gathering place to watch the wall-mounted TV. Ceiling fans provide a respite from the heat.

The upstairs patio is the perfect place to relax, catch a breeze, and monitor kids playing in the pool. The tile floor of the patio is cool and comfortable on bare feet during the hot summer months and the stained wood ceiling adds a warm ambience in the early evening hours. Design tip: A thin metal railing is perfect for ensuring unobstructed views while keeping little ones safe:

The pool surround contains additional seating areas where guest can sunbathe, lounge, or enjoy a poolside snack:

When designing an outdoor space, it’s important to think about how you’ll be utilizing the area and then plan your selections accordingly. This outdoor living space functions as an extension of the home, with multiple sliding door access points on the upper and lower levels that can be left open to extend the indoor living area, covered and uncovered seating so the space can be used during both good and bad weather, and it’s well-lit to provide a functioning space in the evening hours.

To learn more about building your dream home with Adam Wilson Custom Homes, contact us today at (210) 900-2924.

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