Moving glass walls have stepped up the staycation game. By connecting indoor and outdoor living areas, they expand lounge-worthy space, transforming pool areas into personal resorts with features like natural surroundings, cozy outdoor furniture, and incredible views. Here are five examples that make a case for staying home this summer.
The exterior of a home with a massive glass wall with bi-parting, sliding doors.
To connect this modern home to its desert surroundings, architect Brent Kendle of Kendle Design Collaborative utilized floor-to-ceiling glass to provide panoramic views of Phoenix’s Camelback Mountain. The back of the 4,000-square-foot residence is composed of more than 1,400 square feet of glass, including three massive multi-slide and sliding glass doors – one set close enough to the pool that residents could easily slide them open for a spontaneous summer plunge.
A view of a living room connected to the backyard with a pool through a wall-to-ceiling multi-slide door.
At this ranch-style home in Ojai, in California’s Ventura County, the pool is visible through big glass from just about anywhere inside the home, which was a design objective of architects Droney & Associates. The long, narrow pool is crowned by a cabana with an outdoor shower and a brick fireplace, and the back patio is connected to the living room via floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that transform the living room into a luxurious extended pool patio space.
An indoor-outdoor wet bar. An infinity edge pool illuminated by soft purple lights. Sitting areas surrounding fire pits furnished with upscale outdoor furniture. No, it’s not the latest five-star resort pool design – it’s the massive indoor-outdoor backyard space of the New American Home, an 8,000-square-foot residence designed by architect Dan Coletti of Sun West Custom Homes. Perched on a hillside with panoramic views of Las Vegas, the home features giant moving walls of glass that open the entire back façade to the outdoors.
A top-down view of a Las Vegas home nearly completely open to the backyard through sliding glass doors.
A view of a home that blends into its surroundings using natural elements with a massive multi-slide door.
Forget fighting for the perfect spot around the resort pool. This modern mountainside home puts personal space first at 800 feet above El Paso, a lap pool offers bird’s-eye views of both El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, from the water. Architects Darci Hazelbaker and Dale Rush designed the 5,200-square-foot residence to blend into its environment. When the moving glass panels facing the pool are open, the barrier between the patio and the kitchen and dining areas completely disappears, creating additional space for entertaining.
A view of a two story home with wall-to-ceiling multi-slide doors that connect rooms to balconies and the backyard.
This resort-style sanctuary nestled in the Hollywood Hills boasts a pristine pool area with panoramic views of Tinseltown. In addition to taking in the surroundings, architect Brooks Dunn of Dunn Architecture Studio employed floor-to-ceiling glass doors to open wide for entertaining, connecting the lushness of the outdoors to the luxuriousness of the home’s interior.