Ocean Home

April/May 2016

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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46 O C E A N H O M E M A G . C O M | A p r i l + M a y 2 0 1 6 BREATHING SPACE words by Mary Grauerholz Space to move A handsome rooftop setting by Eldorado Stone, top, and a leafy waterfront terrace by leading landscape architect Matthew Cunningham create calm and welcoming outdoor spaces. THE ONCE HUMBLE OUTDOOR PATIO IS NOW A SEAMLESS EXTENSION OF A HOME'S INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF ELDORADA STONE (TOP) AND COURTESY OF MATTHEW CUNNINGHAM LANDSCAPE DESIGN Outdoor Living PAT I O S P atios, more than ever, are becoming natural extensions of a coastal home's interior, offering options for cushy seating, warming fires, artistic focal points and building products that give new meaning to creating chic, comfortable and relaxed outdoor "rooms." "I've seen big changes in how people think about their outdoor spaces," says Matthew Cunningham of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design based in Boston, Mass. "Coastal terraces and patios have become essential extensions of people's homes." More clients are asking for thoughtful, flexible spaces that blend ease of function with beautiful, durable materials, says Cunningham, who creates picture-perfect landscapes for high-end residences throughout the Northeast. "Gone, at least temporarily, are the days when people wanted dizzying, ornate brick patterns or multicolored flagstone compositions with two-inch-wide mortar joints," he points out. An outdoor space that extends seamlessly from a home is on many homeowners' radar, agrees Kriss Swint, director of interactive strategy and design at Royal Building Products, which offers a broad range of innovative products, including decking, siding, trim and patio doors. "More and more homeowners want to extend the inside of their homes to the outside to create more living and breathing space," Swint says.

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