The key principles for designing terraces in new wooden houses?



The key principles for designing terraces in new wooden houses?

07. 06. 2023


Designing an open space house with large terraces offers a unique opportunity to perfectly blend the interior and exterior life. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when planning such a project:

Orientation and Views: Take advantage of the surrounding landscape or urban scenery by orienting the open space and terraces to maximize the desired views. Consider the position of the sun during the day to ensure optimal natural lighting and shade.


Layout and Flow: Plan layout to create a smooth flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Position the main living areas, such as the kitchen, the dining area, and the living room, so as to allow easy access and connection to the terraces. Consider using large sliding or folding doors to create a seamless transition.

Terraces as extensions of living areas: Treat terraces as an extension of your indoor living areas. Choose materials and finishes that create a coherent design between indoor and outdoor spaces. Consider using similar flooring materials, colors, and furniture styles to create a unified look.

Terrace area: divide the terrace into different zones according to the intended use. This can include areas for dining, relaxing, gardening, or even an outdoor kitchen. Define each zone using furniture, landscapes, or visual cues to create distinct spaces while maintaining a consistent design.


Outdoor seating and dining room: incorporates comfortable outdoor seating and dining areas on the terrace. Consider options such as outdoor sofas, deck chairs, dining tables, and umbrellas. Use the outdoor sofas to provide a comfortable and inviting outdoor living experience. Choose weather-resistant furniture materials to withstand outdoor conditions.

Green and landscape: integrates green and landscape into the design of the terrace to create a lush and inviting outdoor space. Use potted plants, vertical gardens or even a small flowerbed to bring nature closer to your living area. Incorporate natural elements that complete the overall aesthetics of the design.

Privacy and shading: assess the need for privacy and shading on the terrace. Depending on your location and surrounding environment, you may need to incorporate features such as privacy screens, pergolas, or retractable sun blinds. These elements provide privacy from nearby properties and shade during the hot season.

Outdoor services: consider the inclusion of additional outdoor services to enhance the functionality and enjoyment of terraces. This could include features such as an outdoor fireplace or brazier, a barbecue area, a hot tub, or a swimming pool, depending on your preference and available space.

Lighting: pay attention to outdoor lighting to create a pleasant atmosphere during the evening and at night. Use a combination of functional and decorative lighting, such as wall fixtures, string lights, and spotlights, to highlight architectural features and create a warm and inviting atmosphere.


Sustainable design: incorporate elements of sustainable design into your open space home with large terraces. This may include features such as rainwater harvesting, solar panels for outdoor lighting or irrigation systems, and the use of locally sourced materials for construction and landscaping. Wooden boxes always offer a concept of sustainability, which is not present in brick boxes.

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Remember to check local building regulations and regulations regarding the construction and use of terraces. The advice of an experienced architect, designer, and even a construction company in outdoor living spaces can provide valuable insights and ensure that your open space home with large terraces is functional, beautiful, and in line with your vision. In Jelovca we harmonize open-space architectural designs with wood system solutions for green buildings.

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