As summer comes to an end and fall rapidly approaches -we look to the season-friendly aspects of our homes. Whether it’s outdoor entertaining, or cozying up in an element-protected room, there are so many ways you can enhance your home’s outside spaces. Features like decks, patios, and porches, while sometime considered, “add-ons” have actually served very specific and functional roles within the layout of homes throughout history. We’ve put together a guide of outdoor related definitions for you to freshen up on.
Here are some defining features about varying outside rooms and structures:
- Usually at the front of the house, but can be at the back of a home as well
- Covered only by a roof, creating an opened air space
- Creates a nice entrance for your home with an optional seating area
- Similar: wrap-around porch, back porch
- Great for: small seating areas
There’s nothing more American than sitting on a rocking chair on a front porch. With historical inspiration, porches have become a staple on an all-american home.
- Also, verandah
- Perhaps a fancier way to say porch, specifically, a porch that wraps around an outside corner of the home
- Typically on the facade of a condominium or apartment building
- Projects from the side of the building anywhere above ground level
- Great for: outdoor access for a potentially small apartment or condo
Balconies date back to ancient Rome, and were used not only as a functional part of a home, but as a religious and political marketing tool. According to Brittanica.com, throughout the Roman to the Victorian periods, balconies on public buildings were places from which speeches could be made or crowds exhorted.
Today, balconies are incredibly popular on water-front homes, condos and apartments to enhance the living areas of homes and let freshness of the outdoors in.
- Simply defined as a paved outdoor area
- Flush with the ground, no elevation
- Typically made of concrete, stone, or brick
- Usually on the top of an apartment or condominium building
- Larger than a balcony and has a separate entrance
- Often tiered where there is a hillside
- Elevated outdoor space, usually on a platform
- Typically constructed of lumber or composite boards
- Indoor/outdoor space
- House opens to the outside
Part of your house:
According to the National Sunroom Association, “A sunroom is an enclosed energy efficient space connected to the exterior of a home that is designed to provide the effect of bringing the outdoors to the inside by admitting natural sunlight and allowing uninterrupted views of the exterior landscape.”
- Protected from the elements
- 3 or 4 season rooms
- A specifically designed sunroom
- Has a segmented roof system typically made of glass
No matter what feature you have in your home, each adds a special characteristic to your house. All of these outdoor features help connect your home with nature. With a better understanding of the unique qualities to each feature, you can better help your real estate agent understand what you are looking for in your next home.