All too often exterior patios, porches and other spaces are relegated to secondary status when it comes to architectural design. They can be, however, as much a part of an integrated design as any room inside of a house. These exteriors by Eldridge Smerin Architects illustrate the potential of exterior spaces to be extensions of interior ones, connecting the outside world to the inside of a home.


Lofting an exterior from the surrounding garden space and putting it on the same plane as the interior adjacencies goes a long way to connecting inside and out in these designs. Extensive clear and unobstructed windows further create a sense of a single space as one looks in or out. Material consistency from inside to outside can also help provide connections, as well as partially enclosing exterior spaces.