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