My dream home has a spacious wall with a door. It opens to a deck and a pool and some kind of sunny, spectacular view, preferably with all the Pacific Ocean in the background.
However, truth be told, I would settle for a garage door which opens on my own work-in-progress backyard.
Open walls would be the greatest embodiment of indoor-outdoor living, blurring the lines (well, eliminating them actually) between the two. They are a fresh-air enthusiast’s fantasy come true, and there is something about them which is merely friendly and positive. They are the greatest invitation.
But beware, the homes pictured below will likely make your own home feel closed and may induce acute home jealousy. Consider yourself warned.
I am pretty certain my dream-house fantasy is just a replica of this home. You may ocassionally find a deer or squirrel in your living space, however, the spaciousness and the willingness make it worth the trouble.
Dick Clark + Associates
Where an actual open wall doesn’t make sense, wall-size windows may do the trick. It seems as though you could dive right from these chairs and into the bay, but the fog has been kept outside.
A garage door doesn’t have to be hiding your automobile and boxes of crap. It may just as easily hide your living space. And it is a relatively simple and inexpensive way to produce an open wall.
Gourmet kitchen, outdoor dining area. This glass garage door is clean and modern; it makes sliding glass doors seem positively old fashioned.
These multipane modern cottage windows open on the garden and make this little dining room feel ever so much larger.
Hanson Fine Building
Another wall of glass. The view doesn’t have to be spectacular to get a wall such as this to make sense. The space and light and feeling of openness are sufficient to make the wall keep. And do not you love the way the clear acrylic chairs play off the glass?
Ojanen_Chiou architects LLP
This sliding accordion door which opens floor to ceiling, turning a little kitchen into a bright, expansive area with an outdoor dining area.
A home doesn’t have to be more ubermodern to operate with an open wall. This traditionally decorated home also receives a boost.
AT6 Architecture : Design Build
This bath takes some courage. I mean, someone in one of those homes down there might have a pair of binoculars. Still, why if living rooms and kitchens have all the fun?
Griffin Enright Architects
What’s there to say about a space with two open walls overlooking rolling green hills anyhow, “Sigh.”
Jennifer Weiss Architecture
Virtually all the exterior walls open on the backyard, turning a segmented home into a open, convivial area where the outdoors are as crucial as the indoors.
Not having an open wall would be bizarre.
A wall doesn’t have to open on a large, expansive space. Only a little tropical extension for this toilet is motive enough.
John Maniscalco Architecture
The urban version of the expansive perspective. No need for art.
Architect, Lorin Hill
Developing a tiny breezeway between the house and the open atmosphere are able to keep a room from getting too hot in the summer. It also offers a nice visual transition between indoors and out.
I don’t think that it opens, but I don’t care. Magnificent.
Opening Acts: Folding, Sliding and Pivoting Doors