Indoor/ outdoor living is a quintessential part of Kiwi living, so when it comes to building a new home, maximising outdoor living space is a top priority for many. In fact we often find when reviewing the build site initially with our clients, that it’s an important aspect to discuss early in the design phase. We work with our clients to capture and integrate the exterior space to create the ultimate in indoor outdoor living.
Outside of budget constraints there are important things to consider when looking at your site. Understanding how you want to use your exterior space and how this will work around the vagaries of mother nature is essential when planning or renovating an outdoor living area. Creating architectural elements that allow your indoor living to expand, blend and transform with the outdoor space can add so much value to the finished experience. Outdoor spaces should be an extension of your indoor living and should be treated the same way - considering function, style, mood and a reflection of your taste.
Access area and points: Are you thinking large stacking sliders to open your indoors to the outdoors, or classic patio doors and windows?… it’s important to consider access as this can blend the two spaces.
Shelter: Sun in winter, shade in summer, adjustable louvre roofs can help you to capture more time outdoors throughout the day and extend your outdoor season. Feature walls to separate spaces or zones, or to shelter from a wind aspect.
Heating: Patio heaters and outdoor gas fireplaces come into their own in winter or on cool nights and ensure you can use your outdoor space longer. As well as providing heating they have a natural ambience that draws family and friends to gather around. Dining spaces? Outdoor kitchens integrated barbecue areas and bar leaners.
Pools or spas: Again it’s important to consider access, safety fencing, stairs and surfaces.
Furnishing your exterior space: Think of your immediate outdoor space as an additional room that extends you living space. Choose furnishings that are weatherproof (all weather fabrics) and have UV resistant ratings. layering, texture and accessories are important factors. Outdoor rugs, durable finishes, blinds and exterior shutters. These things will all add considerable comfort and beauty to your outdoor spaces.