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Indoor-Outdoor Living in Colorado
Godden | Sudik Architects - December 7, 2020

February 5, 2021


In contemporary architecture, open floor plans have removed physical barriers and blended interior spaces together, making homes spacious and dynamic. Recently we have seen clients from all sizes of homes increasingly interested in outdoor spaces.

In climates like that of Colorado, the distinction between interior and exterior spaces can blend together to take advantage of the natural landscape and pleasant weather. Indoor-outdoor spaces are primarily characterized as a space sheltered from the elements but with a seamless connection to nature.  

In mild climates, an indoor-outdoor space can be an amazing addition to a healthy and comfortable home. Our recent custom homes have used wide, floor-to-ceiling sliding glass and pocket doors in their living rooms to open up the space into the outdoor patio. Without the physical limitations of walls or traditional doors, the two spaces seamlessly merge together, allowing air circulation and light to give new life to the interior. It even expands the size of the living room, perfect for entertaining large amounts of guests. 

indoor outdoor living room designed by godden sudik architects with a fireplace

If the wide open living room sliding doors invites too many issues with bugs or inclement weather, a well protected patio is a great alternative. An outdoor patio with a pergola can provide you with all the amenities of an interior space but still give you the opportunity to spend time outside getting fresh air.

There is plenty of research that demonstrates the physical and mental health benefits of spending even a moderate amount of time outside. As humans, we are naturally drawn to the outdoors, which is why spending your workday in a cozy indoor-outdoor space can be a great way to stay productive and relaxed as you enjoy a warm summer breeze and extra sunlight.

If the natural benefits aren’t enough of a reason to expand your living room outdoors, saving money on energy bills should be! Passive cooling is a great way to help the environment and save money during mild seasons. Open up your living room to your backyard and allow a fresh cross breeze to cool your home throughout the day. 

outdoor patio, with couches and stone fireplace

Even in winter, a well designed exterior space, that is sheltered from wind and snow can be a great place to spend an evening around a warm fireplace, sharing stories and roasting marshmallows. 


junior graphic designer at award winning architectural firm Godden Sudik Architects

Owen Railey

Junior Graphics Designer

Originally from the northeast and an Auburn University Alumni, Owen headed west to pursue his passion for art and design in architectural graphic design, and to get a healthy dose of extreme outdoor activities.