Transterior Home-Building Best Practices for 2018 and Beyond


As part of our future of construction series this guest blog from Suhayl Laher of Tiles Direct looks at best practice for transterior spaces 

Transterior is a home design trend that is demanding attention this year, as it can have a revolutionary effect on a home if executed correctly. Simply put, ‘transterior’ means creating a seamless transition from indoor and outdoor, welcoming in the air while achieving some semblance of an indoor space.

In this post, we will run through some of the best ways you can bring this look into your home-building practices, to create a home that’s utterly unique and cutting-edge in style.


Add Indoor Flora

In the summer months, your transterior space should flow effortlessly from indoor to outdoor. A way of easily promoting this feeling in your home is to invest in a few strategically placed houseplants that’ll blur the lines between your al fresco space and the interior of your home.

Just about any plant works well in this scenario, but remember that a plant growing inside will be exposed to higher temperatures, so you could invest in warm-weather plants such as ferns or bamboo to make a real statement.

From a house-building perspective, it could be a good idea to encourage indoor plants by building in skylights and planter areas so that prospective homeowners don’t have to make a large adjustment to incorporate this into their new home.


Get the Flooring Right

Transterior home-building requires a solid foundation, and this can be easily achieved if you choose the right type of tiles that can be used both indoors and outdoors. There are plenty of stone tile options out there that can add a little opulence to an indoor/outdoor space, all while being hard-wearing enough to stand up to the elements when rain strikes.

Pairing your transterior flooring with underfloor heating is a sure-fire way to keep the space welcoming throughout winter. Tiles are the best flooring option to combine with this type of heating, as they have a high temperature resistance and conduct heat well.


Take private rooms outside

A transterior space isn’t just about having an area that homeowners can show off to their guests. While a smart outdoor dining area is undoubtedly a feature that many people want, pushing the envelope in terms of transterior design can make your home completely unique.

Bringing private spaces outdoors is a good way to go to achieve this. An outdoor shower can transform a dull daily ritual into an experience in harmony with nature, while an outdoor-indoor bedroom can make cosy nights under the stars a reality.


Think About Outdoor Play

An especially important consideration for building this type of home in the UK is making sure the outdoor space is actually used, as the weather won’t always be spectacular. An idea to maximise use, either by children or adults as a leisure activity, is to draw out a game court, such as a football pitch - or even a giant chess set or a boules area - so there’s always motivation to get outside and active.

Of course, if relaxation is more important, be sure to provide ample room for hammocks and outdoor furniture, as, above all, your transterior space should reflect whoever makes the house a home and their favourite things to do.


The above article was provided by Tiles Direct  as part of the LABC Warranty ‘Future of Construction’ blog series. To learn more about Tiles Direct please visit


Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.


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