Out­door spa­ces and spe­cial places

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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.

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