Bringing the Outdoors In: Creative Ways to Incorporate Nature into Your Custom Build

Published June 25, 2024.
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Nature is Mother Earth's stress reliever – it promotes relaxation, boosts mood, and improves overall well-being. However, for most of us who don't have the time to regularly venture into the great outdoors, a nature-inspired home design can serve as the tranquil escape we seek.

A nature-inspired home design, or biophilic design, allows urban homeowners to enjoy indoor-outdoor living in Calgary by incorporating simple yet meaningful designs into their custom home build.

Sunset Homes, a seasoned custom builder in Calgary, specializes in designing and building homes that embrace Alberta's natural beauty. Here's why you should consider bringing the outdoors into your custom build and how we can help you achieve your ideal home design by incorporating a natural touch. 

The Benefits of Bringing the Outdoors In

Lack of natural light, disconnection from nature, and stagnant air are common factors contributing to a stressful environment. A nature-inspired home design can help alleviate these factors and provide numerous other benefits, such as:

  • Improved Physical and Mental Well-being: Exposure to natural elements boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and promotes relaxation.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics and Visual Appeal: A touch of greenery and natural elements adds warmth, texture, and visual appeal to an otherwise dull and lifeless space. It can also make a small room appear larger by creating an illusion of depth.
  • Sustainability: Natural light from windows and skylights reduces the need for artificial lighting, saving energy and creating a comfortable living space.

Creative Ways to Incorporate Nature into Your Custom Build

In the past, incorporating nature into home design was limited to houseplants and a few strategically placed windows. With the rise of sustainable living and eco-friendly designs, there are more creative ways to bring nature inside custom homes in Calgary.

Here are some ways Sunset Homes’ custom builder can help you achieve indoor-outdoor living in Calgary:

Large Windows and Glass Doors

Incorporating large windows and glass doors into custom Calgary homes is a fantastic way to maximize natural light and provide expansive views of the outdoors. Floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding glass doors make interiors feel more open by creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Indoor Gardens and Green Walls

Plants instantly liven up a space and purify the air by absorbing toxins. Vertical green walls, or living walls, are a striking, space-saving way to add greenery to your apartment or condo. An indoor garden is ideal for growing herbs, vegetables, and fruits year-round if you have more space to work with. Although it can be tricky at times to regulate the extra humidity created by the irrigation system.

Natural Building Materials

For a truly nature-inspired home design, materials like wood, linen, natural stone, bamboo, clay, and rattan will add warmth and texture to the interiors. You can integrate these materials in various ways, such as exposed beams, accent walls, fireplace mantels or furniture pieces.

Skylights and Sunrooms

Skylights let in natural light to spaces that might not have windows, like hallways, bathrooms, or closets. These enclosed areas enable you to appreciate the outdoor scenery throughout the year, no matter the weather.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Transform your custom home with outdoor living spaces like patios, decks, and balconies that seamlessly extend your indoor living areas. These spaces allow for relaxation, entertainment, and enjoyment of the natural surroundings while being protected from the elements.

Water Feature

Adding a water feature to your home promotes relaxation, improves air quality, and lowers ambient temperature. The sound of flowing water has a calming effect and can improve cognitive function, while increased humidity reduces allergens and creates a cooling effect during the summer months 

Enjoy Indoor-Outdoor Living in Calgary with a Top Builder

A nature-inspired home design is not just about adding a few plants and windows to your space; it's about creating an immersive experience that connects you with the outdoors.

Sunset Homes, a build green certified home builder in Calgary, can help you achieve your dream home with innovative designs, sustainable building practices, and quality craftsmanship. We work closely with our clients to understand their vision and bring it to life in a way that is both functional and beautiful.

Here's why clients love working with us to create their dream indoor-outdoor living space:

"My wife and I rebuilt my childhood home with Sunset. We spent several years prior to working with Sunset pricing out renovations and new builds with different contractors. When we finally started working with Sunset, we knew we had found the right builder for the job. Sunset was able to help with an initial cost estimate that outlined our budget and scope. Sunset worked closely with us during the design phase to provide construction input, help control costs and, in some cases, save money by making minor modifications (foundation design, window placement, etc) to our house plans. Throughout construction, Sunset and our Project Manager (Nicole) went above and beyond to ensure we remained on schedule, costs were controlled and monitored, and our expectations were met..."
- Russel B.

“Pedro and his team have been fantastic to work with! Home blueprints and designs are customized to exactly what the client envisions and completely surpass expectations! He'll guide you in the right direction regarding cost management and provide fantastic insight on where to allocate the budget in order to get the most value in your new home. Finishings are very modern and clean, and the options for upgrades are quite impressive. Pedro and his team are very responsive, and questions never go unanswered (no matter how many of them you have!)...”

- Sarah L. 

Contact us today to learn more about our custom build services or speak to a Sunset Homes custom builder for a consultation.

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