No matter where you live in New Zealand, an outdoor room provides an extension of your interior living space, whether it’s an apartment with a small balcony or a rural retreat with unlimited space.
As summer approaches, we all want to spend more time outside relaxing, dining and entertaining. Why not add enjoyment and value to your property by building a deck or patio to create an outdoor room which can be used for many months of the year? When planning, keep in mind that it will be viewed from both inside and out – think about how it will be accessed and the different activities it will be used for. Regardless of your budget, you need to plan and consider the following:
- The style of your home
- Creating a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces
- How you will use the outdoor space
- Proximity to living area & kitchen
- Protection from the sun as required
- Shelter from the prevailing wind
- Optional heating from outdoor fireplace, patio heater or brazier
- Outdoor lighting
Once the structure and sun shade is in place, select durable outdoor furniture and accessories to link with the style, colours, textures and patterns used in the interior living space. Have fun sourcing decorative outdoor cushions made from solution dyed acrylic fabric, citronella candles, co-ordinated table settings and plants in colourful pots to create a haven which reflects your style and lifestyle.
Arrange furniture both inside and out to ensure that there is clear access through doorways, and landscape around your deck or patio to soften the boundary between the house and garden. In addition, a water feature, sculpture or art installation can provide a stunning focal point.