Jan 20, 2020 | Blog, Construction, Design, Design+Build, General Contractor, Landscape |

Indoor/Outdoor living is a California staple. Known as the Golden State because it boasts a mostly Mediterranean-like climate with warm, beautiful summer days and mild winters, Los Angeles averages more than 250 gorgeous days every year. Californians have long exploited Mother Nature’s generosity by building trend-setting indoor/outdoor living areas.

Here are four ways to completely transform your outdoor living space to make the most of SoCal’s exquisite weather.


Every good architect carefully weighs landscape design when considering seamlessly marrying an outdoor space to its indoor counterpart. Incorporating patios surrounded by plants, grass, and stone accents that serve as a living or dining area, or planting an organic house garden close to the kitchen can provide an extension of your indoor living. Strategically adding hedges, planters, shrubs, trees, and stone walkways can give a natural structure to these areas.

Pro Tip: Add a water feature to complement your landscape design. It can bring added value and curb appeal and reduces noise pollution. Not only will it appeal to the senses, but it contributes a natural energy to your outdoor space.


This serves both form and function. It is a luxury addition to any custom home build and is one of the most requested outdoor living features by homeowners today. An outdoor kitchen can bring anywhere between a 100 – 200% rate of return. While it’s a good investment, there are also other very practical reasons to add this feature to your outdoor planning. It keeps clean up to a minimum, dubious cooking smells outside, and it makes entertaining outdoors a breeze.

Pro Tip: Think about adding more than a grill and a refrigerator. You can also plan for a prep surface, food storage, and fun accents that contribute to your design ambitions like a ceiling fan, countertops, built-in cabinets, and lighting. For bonus points add in an outdoor bar cart for easy access to custom-made cocktails.


Adding an outdoor fireplace or fire pit can warm up your outdoor space and add a focal point for al fresco living and dining. A recent survey had 97% of homeowners ranking fire pits and fireplaces as their most coveted outdoor design request for architects. A fire source can modernize your outdoor design and lends itself to a sense of intimacy and luxury while you entertain.

Pro Tip: Make sure you check the rules and regulations surrounding the use of fire burning receptacles and fireplaces in your neighborhood to ensure you’re well within what regulations allow.


Accents really put a homeowner’s personality on display. Whether you’re adding small touches here or there – throw pillows, string lights, tabletop fountains – or you’re investing on a bit larger scale with accent lighting or flooring, these are the final touches that can really unite your living space so that you have an uninterrupted transition from the inside of your home to the outside.

Pro Tip: Flooring that starts inside and ends outside really opens up the barrier between the inside of your home and its outside counterpart, and can give your home a much larger appearance with more square footage.

If you or your client are looking for a collaborative builder to help maximize your indoor/outdoor living areas, Farnsworth Builders can make it happen. As a collaborative builder with the ability to achieve the perfect design results for any client, we offer a comprehensive range of services. Contact us today for more details.