The out­door liv­ing room

Out­door liv­ing is part of the kiwi way of life, es­pe­cially when sum­mer comes around.

Go Gardening - - Editorial -

Whether it’s a ten-minute cof­fee break to soak up some vi­ta­min D, or a long sum­mer evening with friends, step­ping out­doors into an invit­ing open-air liv­ing room brings that won­der­ful hol­i­day feel­ing right at home.

Th­ese days, the huge range of mod­ern land­scap­ing ma­te­ri­als and out­door fur­nish­ings on of­fer means out­door liv­ing spa­ces can get as high-end as kitchens and liv­ing rooms. But while it makes sense to de­vote as much time and ex­pense to the out­door room we spend so much time in, much can be done on a more mod­est bud­get.

Plan with pur­pose

It’s a mat­ter of look­ing at how you use your space and de­cid­ing what’s most im­por­tant. If en­ter­tain­ing is your main fo­cus, top qual­ity paving, heat­ing and light­ing might be high on your list of pri­or­i­ties. You may go as far as an out­door kitchen or built-in fire­place.

If your out­doors is mainly a place for one or two, to re­lax and un­wind with a book, you’ll want a com­fort­able in­ti­mate space with pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments - and plants for that all-im­por­tant con­nec­tion with na­ture. For fam­i­lies with young chil­dren or pets a safe play area is crit­i­cal. But if there is a park within walk­ing dis­tance, it doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to in­clude a lawn.

If you love to grow food, your out­door liv­ing area may dou­ble as your edi­ble gar­den, in which case sun and soil will take pri­or­ity.


What­ever the main func­tion, al­most ev­ery­one wants an out­door liv­ing space that’s pri­vate. The walls of your out­door liv­ing room also pro­vide shel­ter from chilly winds.

When the bound­ary fence isn’t tall enough to give you the pri­vacy you need, plac­ing a screen closer in to the sit­ting area can block a higher line of sight. In­ter­nal screens can also be taller than the usual 1.8m al­lowed for a prop­erty bound­ary.

A hedge is the ul­ti­mate gar­den wall, pro­vid­ing a beau­ti­ful liv­ing screen of fo­liage, but hedges take time to grow and they need reg­u­lar trim­ming. They also take up more space than a fence and take mois­ture and nu­tri­ents away from other plants. When space is tight and time is short, a fence or wall pro­vides in­stant re­sults and can be soft­ened with a quick grow­ing climber. In­ex­pen­sive screens can be a use­ful

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