Outdoor spaces and special places
Most New Zealanders spend a large majority of their summer leisure-time outside and this extends to mealtimes and socialising too, so a great outdoor living area (or the potential for one) is high on the list of priorities for many home buyers in New Zealand.
Many people relish the opportunity to live a more relaxed style of living, and enjoying a barbecue on a warm summer evening is somewhat of a Kiwi institution.
A well-situated, easily accessed outdoor living space not only creates a wonderful space, it is also a sought-after feature when it comes to the resale of a home.
The concept of outdoor living is extremely popular in many New Zealand households and many of us are able to open up large areas of our home to create an indoor outdoor flow which gives a seamless transition from inside to outside, essentially creating an extra room or extension of the home.
An outdoor living area can take many forms and can include decks, courtyards, patios and balconies, as well as paved and grassed areas.
On larger sections, these areas also commonly lead on to lawns and gardens which may contain other structures and features in which to enjoy the outdoors such as pergolas, gazebos, shade houses and garden ‘‘rooms’’.
If you have been thinking about creating an outdoor living area or building a special feature on your property, now is the perfect time to get construction under way so you are ready to enjoy it the second summer makes its appearance next year.
Many New Zealanders prefer to tackle outdoor projects themselves and many elements can be completed with hard work and some great advice.
However, permits and special preparations may be required so always check with the relevant professionals first.
It may be that your outdoor area or project needs to be a collaboration of professional tradespeople and DIY efforts.
Your local building supplies depot or garden and landscaping centre may also be able to offer you comprehensive advice and design ideas.