Gone are the days when tiki torches and rickety folding chairs dominated outdoor décor. Sleek fireplaces, flat-screen TVs and high-end kitchen appliances all are moving outside, allowing friends and families to gather in comfort and style. Modern outdoor spaces mimic interiors with furniture and fabrics. And around here, they come with built-in Gulf breezes.
Island architect David Mullican, who has been designing single-family residences in Galveston since 1985, cites as one of his influences French architect Le Corbusier. Le Corbusier was a pioneer of modern design who focused on the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.