Retractable garage doors are great solutions for dissolving the boundaries between indoor and outdoor space.
Below: This house in West Marin by Fernau and Hartman Architects features a spectacular indoor/outdoor lounge area; note the daybeds on wheels.
Below: A dramatic open-to-the-elements kitchen in Manhattan from Sixx Design.
Below: Washington, DC, architect Jeffrey Broadhurst’s Shack at Hinkle Farm features a garage door opening.
Below: A house in Amagansett by Sag Harbor–based Bates Masi features an open-to-the-outside room.