Florida’s gorgeous year-round weather has always given reason to make outdoor living a priority for any home. Now, as space, social distancing and sufficient ventilation have emerged as eminent factors for gatherings of any size, homeowners have rediscovered the convenience and ease with seamless indoor-outdoor flow – especially when there are plans to bring the family together for the holidays.
Even beyond holiday get-togethers, there is a bold world of benefits and beauty that come with custom designing your new home to incorporate the outdoors – without having to compromise on style, flow and privacy.
That’s why choosing an experienced custom home builder makes sense.
At Lee Wetherington Homes, our team has designed and built hundreds of custom homes in the Sarasota-Manatee area with special appointments and aspects that put an emphasis on outdoor living. We work with you each step of the way to integrate these features seamlessly, inviting the outdoors in and giving you a sense of place, space and comfort without taking away from the fact that you’re outdoors.
Marvel at the Mainstay
For instance, many owners of our popular Mainstay model have opted for large openings between their indoor and outdoor spaces, as large pockets or disappearing corners are arranged in ways to blur the visual barriers between the two areas. When family comes for the holidays and the weather permits, you can open up the walls of glass and instantly double the floor space. The goal here is to remove any visual or physical disruptions between the indoors and outdoors, which includes any changes in floor level. Making sure your interior seamlessly flows to the exterior on the same plane assures they’ll function as one space when needed. So, owners choose a flooring material that works well inside and out, making these two spaces feel even more connected.
Wonder at the Windward
Another way to achieve this is realized with our Windward model. These homes were designed to take maximum advantage of their waterfront setting. The layout features large expanses of windows and doors looking out to the lanai, pool and water behind the home. Even when it’s not an option to take advantage of a great view, we can design custom houses to capture sunlight on a wall, include spaces open to the sky and the pool area, and make transitions effortless, while still allowing for the privacy and luxury of being “at home.”
The Lee Wetherington Wrap-up
Your outdoor space is an extension of the style and ambiance of your home. Open concepts that flow to outdoor areas provide ideal gathering areas for entertaining over the holidays or just any day, allowing more flexibility and fluidity in movement and eliminating the need to direct guests to different parts of the home. We believe in inviting the outdoors in and entertaining guests in an integrated space, savoring meals together al fresco, or simply lounging or sipping cocktails poolside just a few steps away from the open interior. With the right design and custom home builder, every day can be an indoor/outdoor celebration.