Builders and designers throughout the country are finding innovative ways to bring the indoors outside, and the luxury Hamptons communities on Long Island, New York, are no exception. Terraces, backyards, and roof decks are accentuating the appeal of the outdoors in this summer vacation hotspot. “Things like fire pits, gas fireplaces, pool houses for entertaining, outdoor televisions, and ‘great sun coverage from all the new umbrellas on the market’ are also ramping up the outdoor’s cachet,” Peggy Fruin, an interior designer and co-owner of Hampton Design in Bridgehampton, tells The New York Times. Whether you build in the Hamptons or Texas Hill Country, get inspired with our primer on building smarter indoor-outdoor connections.

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