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August 15, 2013

Now you see it, now you don't. For houses located in warm climates, sometimes the most impactful design move is something you don't even see—we're talking about sliding and accordion walls that eliminate the indoor-outdoor divide.

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Modern house with solar panels and smart energy systems

In a high-tech green family home in Culver City, California, Lee + Mundwiler Architects designed a sliding glass wall between the living room and engawa—a deck found in traditional Japanese houses. Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

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San Francisco house, Craig Steely, back patio

Sliding doors in a San Francisco house designed by Craig Steely create in indoor-outdoor kitchen and dining room. Photo by: Ian Allen

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Outdoor view of living room and kitchen clad in ipe wood

In a southern california house, a custom-tailored mechanism allows six floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors to open along the entire width of the living space, creating a seamless transition from indoors to out. Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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Four custom-built sliding doors divide indoor and outdoor spaces.

By keeping the front and back gardens at the same elevation as the living area in a São Paulo abode, architect Marcio Kogan created one giant living space. A large overhang means that even on a rainy day, the residents can live practically without walls. Four custom-built sliding doors divide indoor and outdoor spaces. Photo by: Cristóbal Palma

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Great room of Glee star Jayma Mays in Los Feliz, Los Angeles

A mature avocado tree shades the hardscaped patio located just outside the great room of a recently renovated Los Angeles house. The project was carried out affordably and one of the few splurgea was a sliding glass wall by Fleetwood. Photo by: Floto + Warner

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Modern house with solar panels and smart energy systems

In a high-tech green family home in Culver City, California, Lee + Mundwiler Architects designed a sliding glass wall between the living room and engawa—a deck found in traditional Japanese houses. Photo by: Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao

Photo by Jessica Haye and Clark Hsiao.

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