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February 18, 2015
Balmy and suburban, California is practically founded on the promise of an indoor-outdoor existence. Like Scandinavian cabins or Brooklyn brownstones, the breezy bungalow is the Sunshine State's residential calling card. Here are a few of our favorite examples.
Outdoor deck in Los Angeles

This Los Angeles ranch house's L-shape creates a semi-enclosed patio space ideal for entertaining guests. Sliding doors on either side of the living room and along the kitchen open all the way, allowing the breeze from the canyon to blow directly through the house.

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Originally appeared in L-Shaped Indoor-Outdoor LA Home
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California backyard wooden deck with sun rays

A gut renovation and landscaping makeover reconnected this Craftsman-style bungalow in Redonda Beach with the outdoors. Distinguished only by a subtle transition to ipe flooring, the deck feels like a natural extension of the living room

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Originally appeared in Indoor-Outdoor Bungalow in Redondo Beach
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green sustainable residence bedroom

The interplay between interior and exterior is present throughout the Low/Rise House in Silicon Valley. Here, the master bedroom flows into a fern garden. 

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Originally appeared in A Sustainable Home in Silicon Valley
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venice home indoor-outdoor living

A true balance of inside and out, every interior room at this modern Venice bungalow has a corresponding outside space. Floor-to-ceiling mahogany-frame doors from Archispec “blur the border between indoor and outdoor,” says resident Tamami Sylvester.

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Coral von Zumwalt
Originally appeared in New Bungalow, Old Neighborhood
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Though its architectural inspiration belongs to Japan, this dark rectangular home just north of San Diego takes full advantage of the California climate. Protected by an overhang, and floating just above ground level, this relaxing outdoor space is known as the "engawa" in Japan. 

Originally appeared in California Love
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Outdoor deck in Los Angeles

This Los Angeles ranch house's L-shape creates a semi-enclosed patio space ideal for entertaining guests. Sliding doors on either side of the living room and along the kitchen open all the way, allowing the breeze from the canyon to blow directly through the house.

Photo by Catherine Ledner.

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