Outdoor space is a hot commodity. If you are planning on building a home and have small lots to choose from, you can still have a great yard and have all the privacy you want. Just put the yard in the middle of the house.
If you think about the design of a home, the entire house generally centers around either the living room, or the kitchen and often combines the two into what it typically known as the great room. This open concept has become very popular as more and more people, especially those that entertain a lot, want the freedom to converse with those in what would traditionally be another room. In this type of design, the outdoors is the center of the house and the house size is based on the outdoor area wanted.
Centralized Outdoor House Design
One feature of a centralized yard would be that every room would have access to this yard through ha sliding glass door to allow the natural light in, or even glass walls that can be opened like bi-fold doors. These types of walls are an uncommon design element in warmer climates with a high demand. Many are even rated for hurricanes and earthquakes so they can be sold on the costs. Whether opening doors or walls, the flow of air is always prevalent by opening a window in each room, dramatically decreasing the affect of heat. This design is made for warmer climates, but can be incorporated into cold weather climates.
Central Outdoor Space
The outdoor space should have enough room to act like a fenced in backyard. If you want a 4,000 square foot home, this could create a large center yard if the building is designed in rooms or room successions. The outdoor space should be as green as possible, with a lawn and plants that are low maintenance and eco-friendly.
Decks can be placed around the home on the outside. In fact, one cool feature that could be easily Incorporated into this design is an entire House wrap around deck. This doubles the amount of usable outdoor space, but has no or low maintenance as long as the deck is made of composite material.
Because the house itself takes up an entire lot, a roof access deck would be a great use of space, further increasing the outdoor usage.
This type of home is all about the outdoors and literally bring the outdoors in. While some of these type of homes have been constructed in desert areas, mostly in Australia, this type of design can work anywhere.