Now’s the time to stop wishing – and make this summer the best ever!
1. Create a brilliant outdoor room
Let’s face facts – we don’t live in Fiji or the Caribbean, we live in New Zealand. That means that even at the height of summer, it sometimes rains and blows. And that’s why more and more smart Kiwis are turning to outdoor rooms rather than simple open decks and patios. Outdoor rooms have the advantage that, with a roof and walls strategically placed on two or three sides to keep out the wind, you can enjoy the great outdoors in almost any weather.
2. Add flexibility with louvres, bifolds and sliders
They say that if you don’t like the weather in New Zealand, just wait for twenty minutes. That means your outdoor area needs to be adaptable, able to change as the weather changes. With louvres in your roof, you’ll be able to close them when it rains, open them to catch the sun. Many outdoor rooms also use louvres on the walls to let in cooling breezes when it’s hot and protect from the wind when it’s cold.
3. Make the most of what you’ve already got
Often it doesn’t take a lot to turn your existing deck or pool area into an outdoor room. These before-and-after shots show how the addition of beautiful hardwood decking by one of Pzazz Building’s Wellington affiliates has turned an unused eyesore into a much-loved feature of this home.
4. Let the sun shine in
So far we’ve focussed on the outdoors but you can’t forget your home’s interior. A dark home that feels closed-in while the sun is beaming down outside is the last thing you want. But although it’s great to be in a home that feels light and airy, you want it to be cool in summer and warm in winter. Fortunately there is an enormous variety of window and skylight options that can make that happen.
5. Sort out that shed
There must be a million old sheds and garages in the yards of New Zealand homes that are crying out to be pulled down or revitalised. We’ve got the solution – let us turn your shed into a goldmine! People all over the country are using their sheds to give themselves more space – whether it be for their own use as an extra room, workshop, granny flat, home office or gym, as in the photo above, or as a moneymaking rental proposition.
The good news is that it’s not too late to make this the best summer ever. But you’ll need to act now to get your project under way. Contact us to arrange a free In-home Consultation with your local Pzazz Building affiliate to discuss your ideas and plans.