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Designing a house with Indoor/Outdoor living spaces

The homeowners sought to create a home that was both elegant and practical, which also offered them the benefit of indoor/outdoor living.

This stunning 4-bedroom contemporary family home is located in Country Waterford and was designed by Architects MDP+Partners.

Indoor/Outdoor Living

Tobermore Kingston Facing Brick was used on the single-storey element to distinguish it from the white render finish of the two-storey element.


In response to the original design brief by the homeowners, the architects created a spacious ‘L’- shape home.  In this sense, the home exists in two forms – a single-storey element and a two-storey element which also features a cantilever over the garden.  Centred in the middle – is a south-facing garden.

The presence of two forms creates a sense of enclosure and privacy, offering the indoor/outdoor living into the secluded garden space that the homeowners wanted.   It was important that the family could enjoy experiencing all seasons all year round – regardless of being inside or outside their home.

The architects used Tobermore Kingston Facing Brick on the single-storey element to distinguish it from the render used on the two-storey element.  Kington Facing Brick in warm red provided the perfect material to form this connection and offered a stunning contrast against the dark grey of the window frames and roof slates.

Tobermore’s Kingston Facing Bricks are a great choice if you want a product with a smooth, vibrant appearance. With eight colour options available, ranging from vivid red and gold tones to understated grey and stone shades, there is a Kingston colour to suit any type of project.


The homeowners wanted to create seamless indoor/ outdoor living.

Eddie Phelan, Director at MDP + Partners. “We chose Tobermore’s Kingston Facing Brick in the shade ‘Warm Red’ because it suited the contemporary look that we were trying to achieve. We are very happy with how the brick looks as part of the project.”


Key tips for creating indoor/ outdoor living;

Design your house around your garden

If you are in the process of designing your home consider your house design in conjunction with your garden.  Considering both together at the initial design stage will ensure your garden is incorporated as an integral element of your home, rather than as an addition to it.  Your architect will provide expert assistance in positioning your house, garden, window and doors to maximise sunlight.

Incorporate sliding our bi-folding doors

Help bring the outside in with the addition of sliding, double or bi-folding doors.  By making your outdoor space more accessible – this ensures convenience and ease of use.  It also makes life a lot simpler if you’re entertaining family and friends!

Design a patio area

With doors now leading outside to your garden, why not create a patio area to help blend your outdoor and indoor living spaces!  To create this seamless look, consider paving in a colour which matches the flooring of your connecting area.   Tobermore’s Historic Paving is available in colours of slate, bracken and heather – so choose the best colour option to match your indoor area.  If you need a bit of inspiration and help with selecting the perfect paving colour for your outdoor space, use our online Paving Creator tool.



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About the Author: Gemma McLaughin

Gemma manages the Digital Marketing Campaigns for the domestic and professional markets across NI/ROI and GB.

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