Heart of the Outdoors
And outdoor spaces aren’t just for warmer climates, as proven by Amy Mangold, AIA/principal architect/partner, Scott Simpson Design + Build, in Northbrook, IL. In recent years, she indicates, there hasn’t been a client who hasn’t wanted to focus on some sort of exterior living space, which, in addition to kitchens, can also include terraces, pools and spas.
“We just finished a job where the primary suite is on the first floor with French doors that open to a terrace with radiant heat,” she says. “The homeowners can walk across the heated surface to a spa. It’s like resort living. We have found there isn’t a single project that isn’t incorporating some sort of outdoor room or space. For us, the term ‘outdoor kitchen’ is a bit limiting because we are doing so much more.”
Have a look at a few of our favorite outdoor living spaces in our portfolio: