12. Bringing the Outdoors In
Gas fireplaces, skylights, and expansive, sunlit rooms that give the impression that our living room and backyard are one are all modern attempts to blur the line between inside and out. The goal is to simulate nature and open spaces within sheltered walls. "The idea of space and big rooms is relatively new," says Shayt. "A century ago, people would worry about how to use all the space and fill it with furniture, but that's no longer an issue." With simulated nature comes an odd side effect: a cutback on real nature. With today's room sizes so large, home designs increasingly use most of the available property for the house itself, at the expense of the yard.
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