Outdoor Living Spaces: A light-filled home blurs the line between indoors and out

Maximize outdoor living spaces with patio doors that extend the comforts of home to the backyard and beyond.

In a home filled with windows, Jenni Rahrig has one that she loves a little more than the others. “My favorite window in the entire house is the sliding patio door. I use it all day, every day,” she says.


When Jenni and her husband Jeff began looking for a new residence a few years ago, they realized that, to achieve the amount of natural light they desired, building a new home trumped undertaking a renovation. The couple worked with Grandfather Homes in Charlotte, North Carolina, to create their dream home.

The Rahrigs’ home is a great example of the builders’ signature style. “We consider it traditional yet progressive architecture,” says Missy Bagley, sales representative with Grandfather Homes. “We want our homes to feel familiar and comfortable, yet gracious and well-appointed.”


The couple’s style is wonderfully modern, with light being one of the most important elements in the design. “We knew from the beginning that windows would be a big part of the home,” Jeff says, and Jenni agrees. “Light is so important to our design aesthetic, and we wanted to make sure we maximized the amount of light that we had coming into our home.”


Through these doors lies one of Jenni’s favorite spots in the home—the covered terrace and the pool. “It’s just beautiful,” she says of the outdoor living space. Jeff and Jenni chose Custom™ wood JELD-WEN patio doors, which allowed them to customize the interior and exterior color of the doors. JELD-WEN patio doors are made for blurring the lines between indoors and out.

Once the exact placement of the home on the lot was determined, the team at Grandfather Homes extended the back of the floor plan to maximize the outdoor living space and poolscape. This allowed for the great room to naturally transition — almost vanish — into the covered terrace. 


Covered terrace overlooking a swimming pool

Overlooking the pool, the covered terrace has a broom-finished concrete floor and stained wood ceiling, which is accented by cedar-wrapped columns. The terrace is outfitted with clean-lined furniture in a neutral hue that blends with the surrounding space; orange cushions give the décor just the right amount of color.


During the day, the patio is a welcome respite after soaking up the sun in the pool, and in the evening it’s made for dinner and drinks for two or more. “It was such a pleasure to work alongside Jeff and Jenni to design their dream home,” Missy says. “We are so proud of this home and trust their family will enjoy it for years to come!”

Jeff and Jenni’s home offers major design inspiration at every turn. To see the full home tour, visit Grandfather Homes’ portfolio.