Barefoot Manifesto

One of the things we are passionate about at Morgenroth Development is continuity between the interior and exterior of a house — or having an easy and natural transition between the two. This is especially appealing in the Bay Area, given our warm climate and short winters. Here in Pleasanton, for example, we enjoy about 264 sunny days per year and, while our summers can get very hot, our winters rarely get below freezing. This is the ideal climate for living in such a house.

The Barefoot Home by Marc Vassallo offers many excellent ideas for how to design or remodel a home to bring about this continuity between indoor and outdoor. Here’s an excerpt from “The Barefoot Manifesto” at the beginning of the book:

“Live outside as well as in. Open whole walls to the outdoors, extend the roof outward, let the floor slip seamlessly outside to become a deck. Cook and eat on the patio, build a fire in an outdoor fireplace, take a nap in a hanging bed on the porch. Plant a kitchen garden right beside your house. Run through the wet grass to get to your backyard studio.

“Adopt a barefoot state of mind. Be glad you live in a warm climate…. Use every room in the house every day. Think informal thoughts. Simplify. Live outside when you can, bring the outside feeling inside when you can’t. Never forget how good it feels to have sand between your toes.”

At Morgenroth Development, we call this approach Outdoor Living. Make use of your backyard, if you’re lucky enough to have one. Install an outdoor kitchen, a bocce court, or a deck and spend as much time outside as you can. In our experience, this makes life more pleasant and helps manage the stress of everyday living.

And, of course, let us know how we can help you realize such a living experience.

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