The Best Ideas for Indoor-Outdoor Living Rooms

With gorgeous weather year-round, the Southern California climate lends itself to outdoor living. From swimming pools and gas grills to marshmallows roasted over a charming chiminea, there are endless ways to appreciate the outdoors from the comfort of your backyard. But you can also integrate those spaces with the rest of your home to create a truly indoor-outdoor living experience. Below, we’ll walk through a few of our favorite ideas for indoor-outdoor living rooms to inspire on your journey to fully embracing home ownership in Southern California.

Sliding Glass Doors

Sprawling sliding glass doors can transform an indoor living room into an outdoor, poolside space instantly. You can create the illusion of a year-round outdoor space by installing large, clear glass sliding doors that allow the natural light to blanket in the indoor living space. When you’re ready to experience the outdoors, simply slide the doors open. You can also use accordion-style sliding doors if space is an issue. Large, sliding glass doors are an especially attractive feature if your indoor living space is adjacent to a swimming pool or patio where you can seamlessly move between the interior and exterior when entertaining guests.

Indoor-Outdoor Living Ideas for Cool Nights: Fireplaces and Fire Pits


Sure, the sunny days in SoCal keep temperatures comfortably warm, but the nights can be pretty cool, especially in the winter months. That’s where your outdoor fireplace or fire pit can come in handy. This cozy addition enables you to enjoy your outdoor living room all year long. You’ll need to make a few decisions about your fireplace, including whether you want it to be wood-burning or gas. Gas is the safer and more convenient option, but you will need to work with a contractor to run the gas line to your outdoor living area. There are also fireplace and fire pit options that double as cooking units or pizza ovens, so if part of your outdoor experience involves firing up some food, this may be the right choice for you. If you’re looking for a more affordable option, consider a round wood burning fire pit or a simple chiminea.

Hardscaping and Landscaping

The hardscaping and landscaping of your indoor-outdoor living room can make all the difference when it comes to feeling like the space is truly an extension of the home. When you hardscape your yard with the intention of creating an indoor-outdoor space, it is important that the design elements integrate with your home to create a smooth transition. This can be achieved through the materials you choose and the landscaping choices you make. Hardscaping and landscaping services may include standard excavating and removing old materials, working with designers and architects with experience in executing outdoor living space ideas, and the installation of new hardscaping using materials such as concrete, bricks, hardwood, and stone.

Full Glass Sunroom

A full glass sunroom is another way to appreciate the beauty of the outdoors but with four-season protection from the elements. Sometimes called conservatories or solariums, these rooms allow you to appreciate the sense of the outdoors even when its raining or during the coldest of months. Another benefit of sunrooms is that they enable you to extend the growing season of certain plants that may otherwise be at risk if left fully exposed outside.

Choose Indoor-Outdoor Experts

When you want the ultimate in indoor-outdoor Southern California living, choose A-List Builders. Our team of designers and contractors work with you from start to finish to develop unique indoor-outdoor living ideas that integrate beautifully into your existing home or home renovation project. From plans and permits to the final punch-list and complete home remodeling to suit your ideal lifestyle, we’ll be there to give you the home of your dreams. If you’re ready to live the Southern California lifestyle to the fullest with an indoor-outdoor living room, reach out to us online or give us a call at (877)-582-7770.

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