ML - Vegas Magazine

2012 - Issue 7 - November

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC PENROD/PERFECT IMAGES Retractable walls allow crisp desert air to flow inside the home. Haute Property NEWS, STARS, AND TRENDS IN REAL ESTATE air supply TO COMPETE FOR BUYERS IN TODAY'S MARKET, LUXURY VEGAS HOMES MUST BRING THE OUTDOORS INSIDE WITH A FASCINATING ARRAY OF NEW TRICKS. BY TONY ILLIA L as Vegas's balmy, sun-drenched days foster a robust outdoor life- style. Airy, uncluttered residences have long been in fashion as a result, offering large swaths of glass that bring daylight indoors. Meanwhile outdoor space is increasingly being viewed as an extension of the home. But the very latest in today's real estate market has taken these concepts one step further and made a blurred boundary between indoors and out a desirable design quality. "In Las Vegas, outdoor spaces are a part of the home," says Kristen Routh-Silberman, a luxury property realtor with Synergy Sotheby's International Realty ( "It's more than a design approach. It's a lifestyle: outdoor living as indoor living." Savvy builders and architects use a variety of tools and techniques to excel backyard living spaces. Glass doors that slide or fold back can accentu- ate the illusion of uninterrupted space, while indoor flooring that extends outside can further connect the home with its surroundings. Some homes have outdoor living rooms, with oversized furniture and conversation fire pits. Covered patios, screened porches, gazebos, and barbecue islands are familiar fixtures in Southern Nevada, and the backyard has moved to the front stage as a setting for informal gatherings and late-afternoon soirées. "Bright, cheery places appeal to emotion," says Rob Jenson, chief exec- utive officer of the Jenson Group ( "Homes gain continued on page 112 VEGASMAGAZINE.COM 111

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