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Our Three Favorite Ways to Integrate Nature into Your Home

Posted on: July 28, 2021

Here in the DMV, we are able to experience an abundance of natural wonder. Many of our clients’ homes enjoy stunning views; whether it be a sunny park, the calm waterfront, or lush forests, there is so much to appreciate! 

At Sun Design, we have over thirty years of experience incorporating our clients’ love of nature into their homes with creative and universal designs! It is important to us that we look for opportunities to bring joy and inspiration into every home remodel, as we believe that doing so improves our clients’ quality of life. 

Keep reading to learn more about how we can help you bring your love of nature into your home!

 

1. Take Advantage of Natural Light

Perhaps the most popular way to incorporate the natural world into your home is by leveraging the natural sunlight already at your disposal. 

Natural light has been shown to increase our happiness, productivity, and overall well-being. Sadly, most homeowners will go decades without realizing that some of the best outdoor views available to them are not visible from the main areas of their home.

A fresh design solution, whether large or small, such as window expansion and/or addition, a layout reconfiguration, or removing a wall can make a world of difference!  It is important to have an architectural eye for this. Our team of designers and architects are able to view your home through a holistic lens, which allows us to seamlessly connect the best views with your favorite spaces. 

Here are some of the best ways to introduce natural light into your home:

  • Windows: While every home has windows, installing additional windows that strategically take advantage of the best views your home has to offer, and will add the most natural light, can make a world of difference.
  • Doors: Updating your existing doors to glass can be a great way to add light in your home, especially if you want to connect light from the back of the house all the way to the front.
  • Layout Updates: Sometimes our clients’ homes have been designed in a way that blocks out natural light; in which case, reconfiguring the layout to open up and brighten your space is a great option.

 

2. Creating an Indoor/Outdoor Connection

Many do not want to deal with the inconvenience of the outdoors, and all of the small discomforts that come with that, which is why we have perfected the art of bringing the outdoors to you and your family in a clean, comfortable, and aesthetic way. 

Creating an indoor/outdoor connection can be done in a variety of ways. The following are a few examples: 

  • Outdoor Kitchen: This is a super fun remodel for those families that love to entertain and take advantage of those perfect summer days. 
  • Screened Porch: This is a classic; a screened porch can eliminate the discomforts of the outdoors while still allowing you to enjoy the beauty there.
  • 3-Season Room: The difference between this space and a screened porch is that a 3-season room is considered a livable space. It has heating and AC, windows, and utilizes more comfortable materials. 

 

3. Sunrooms

When our founder first began Sun Design our specialty was sunrooms! These rooms give you an insulated space that provides an outdoor experience with all the comforts of the rest of your home. Generally, sunrooms utilize screened, large windows to let in light and air when you want it. 

There are 2 primary types of sunrooms:

  • 3-season sunroom: 3-season rooms use non-insulated glass windows to give you a more outdoors-like room in your home. While likely not warm enough for use in the winter and at times too hot for the summer, they are perfect for the spring and fall.  
  • 4-season sunroom: These rooms are full-on extensions to your home. Fully insulated and often fully HVAC compatible, these rooms are more insulated, but still give you a space where you can enjoy a taste of the outdoors.

 

See something you like?

Ready to integrate nature into your home? We’ve helped homeowners all over Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, MD and Washington D.C. to integrate nature into their homes to achieve their remodeling goals.

Contact us today to learn more and get started on your remodel. 


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