It’s summer. Time to kick back, take in vacationing guests, and entertain on the patio. Here are some examples of homes that create a wonderful atmosphere for spending time with family and friends.
Planning a home that will accommodate guests means providing space for both time together and time apart. There should be spaces where family and friends can gather to cook, eat, talk, and generally enjoy each other’s company—as well as spaces where everyone can go off on their own and relish quiet time to themselves.
Homes that host summer guests must take full advantage of outdoor living space, which can easily double a home’s useable square footage. The best homes for guests use porches, screened porches, decks, patios, and pools to create that relaxed, vacation-like feeling.
Interior space can feel like a porch or lanai, too, by using door walls. These keep the heat inside during the winter but can open completely during the summer and provide a seamless transition to the outdoors.
With the opportunity to double one’s living space, it makes sense to make outdoor living last longer than just the summer months. There are lots of options for keeping these outdoor spaces warm and toasty on more chilly evenings, allowing the space to be utilized throughout the year.