4 real extensions that blur the lines of in and outdoors

These modern extensions have design features that emphasise the space opening out onto glorious gardens.

By Hugh Metcalf | 2 June 2020

These inspiring extensions create kitchens that interact directly with their outdoor spaces, softening the boundaries between the interior and exterior of the homes.

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The growing popularity of large glazed doors isn’t solely about bringing natural light into the home – it’s also about having the opportunity to open up your home to join it with your outside space in warm months.

These 4 homes each have intriguing kitchen extensions which embrace open-plan living inside and outside.

Opening up

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Image: Darren Chung 

A single-storey extension has created room for a generous kitchen-diner created by Kitchen Architecture. Sliding glass doors allow the long, rectangular extension to open up to the outside space more than most, for indoor/outdoor living in the summer months.