Wildlife can be an integral part of your everyday life at home when you let it. Feeders and natural habitats can invite birds and chipmunks, for example. And when they come, how can you find the best views of these up close? The crucial thing is to create safe habitats around your home as well as unobtrusive viewing areas, or blinds.
A blind in home design could be a cutout or window to allow viewers to watch wildlife at a close range when staying hidden from view. The more natural habitats and feeding places around the window, the better the series. Effective and easy, a blind connects you instantly to character.
Take a peek into an inspirational wildlife blind and learn from houses that have incorporated blind techniques into their designs.
Lately I stumbled upon a surprise at Wildwood Park. After walking for about a mile around the boardwalk, I saw a building in the center of the marsh, surrounded on three sides by vegetation. As I got nearer to the building, I realized a boardwalk was placed in the marsh using a bird blind place squat in the center.
The bird blind in Wildwood Park blends into the surrounding landscape with weathered wood planking, cutout windows along with a very low profile.
Cutout windows on all sides allow people to look at the birds and wildlife without scaring the critters off. The windows generated long, narrow panoramic views of the countryside — a bonus.
Many of the cutouts put higher up on the walls provide the perfect vantage point from which to watch the birds up in the trees while still maintaining hidden. The effect is much like searching out a mullioned window, but using a slightly haphazard grid.
Blinds in your house
Placing a blind into your home boils to framing the perfect vantage point. Where is it possible to see wildlife in your home? Imagine the deer, chipmunks and bluebirds that have to scamper past the windows in this photo — the opinion has to be magical.
Eggleston Farkas Architects
A long, slim window can catch a gorgeous mountain ridge, sea waves and a simple tree-lined yard.
Eggleston Farkas Architects
If you are blessed with a mountain view, a very long and lean window can turn it into a work of art.
Clerestory windows lining a tree-surrounded roofline will give the same effect, and you’re going to have natural light streaming into your home year-round.
Benefit from your porch or patio too. An open space similar to this may be the perfect bird-watching platform.
Whether you are incorporating windows, opening up views or simply planting some trees close to your home, take a few minutes to consider the wild animals in your area. What will appeal to them? What will make them come close to your own property? How can you conceal yourself while maintaining a clear view? These details can help a distance settle into its surroundings, allowing the surrounding planet to become an integral part of the home.
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