Trend Talk: Outdoor Living & Home Additions
While it’s still chilly outside, our Minneapolis design + remodeling team is already seeing the demand for living spaces that mesh the world of outdoor and indoor living heat up across the Twin Cities metro area.
“Our record snowfall and chilly temps have homeowners already thinking about how to maximize the summer months,” says Che Bella owner Tracy Hains. “Whether it’s four-season home additions or outdoor kitchens, people are looking for ways to enjoy outdoor living from the comfort of home.”
A recent Houzz article highlighting home design trends for 2023 echoed what Hains and her team are seeing, that a connection to the outdoors is high on the list for homeowners this year. Banks of large windows and the inclusion of natural materials enhance this connection.
Hains commented, “not surprisingly, homeowners are drawn to immense walls of windows and power screen applications to emulate the feeling of being in nature. We’re being asked to incorporate those elements and natural materials such as stone fireplaces when space allows.”
Two recent Che Bella Interiors projects speak to the trend of connecting with nature and were recognized by NARI-MN with 2022 CoTY awards in the Residential Home Addition category.
An Outdoor Escape
This well-appointed ground-level three-season porch addition in Prior Lake, MN is just steps from a backyard grill and patio area. The inside/outside stroke of genius of the design is the nearly floor-to-ceiling screen panel application which strikes the perfect balance between enclosing the space and protecting it from the elements while maintaining the open-air feel. An exquisite natural stone fireplace with a blocky hand-scraped mantle resides on the outside wall.
The Big Relax
An expansive number of black-framed windows on the interior follow the dramatic peak of the vault, welcome the light and highlight the natural surroundings of this Prior Lake, MN home addition. The extra height allows for nearly floor-to-ceiling windows, blurring the line between the indoors and out to create a cozy nature-inspired oasis. Screens bring in the fresh air and custom Hunter Douglas blinds provide both shade and privacy.
Hains remarks, “our team creates extraordinary spaces that incorporate creature comforts and protection from the elements while providing a connection to the great outdoors.” She continues, “careful consideration is given to the fact that in this climate an outdoor space could be exposed to the elements up to six months of the year. Design and implementation matter.”
Home Addition Design & Construction Starts With a Call to Che Bella Interiors
Che Bella Interiors Design + Remodeling is poised to serve homeowners seeking outdoor spaces this season. If the snow and cold have you dreaming of sunny skies ahead, contact us to learn more about how to maximize your outdoor living. We specialize in home addition design and construction, as well as kitchen, bath and home design and remodeling for homes across the Twin Cities.