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Creating Your Dream Outdoor Living Area with David Reid Homes

Spring has officially sprung here in New Zealand, bringing with it longer days and warmer temperatures. Creating smooth indoor outdoor flow can be tricky, but here at David Reid Homes we have the skills and experience to create an outdoor space that blends functionality and style to feel like an extension of your home.

There’s no denying that Kiwis love entertaining outdoors, especially in the Summer months. Whether you’re looking to frame a stunning view or extend your living area outdoors, our experienced team understands the many factors that go into creating the perfect outdoor space for your home. 

Sunny deck chairs sitting outside luxury home living area in Oamaru, New Zealand

The first step is to think about what exactly you want from an outdoor living space. Are you an entertainer who enjoys hosting guests? Do you have a family, and are looking for a place where the children can enjoy time outdoors? Or perhaps you’re looking for a place to relax within nature? From here, it’s time to look into the details that make up a beautiful outdoor space and how they can bring your dream outdoor area to life.

Heating 

Depending on the location of your home, you may decide to include a source of heating to ensure comfortable temperatures even when that pesky southerly wind kicks up. An outdoor fireplace is more than just a statement piece, and can extend the time you spend in your outdoor area to almost year round. By understanding the land and environment of the home, a fireplace can provide shelter from wind, when placed correctly can minimise smoke and overall creates an inviting atmosphere to any outdoor space.

Shade

Just as any outdoor area should be prepared for cooler temperatures, it is important to think about the times of the year you will look for shelter from the heat. We all know how hot the New Zealand Summer sun can be, so it is key when designing your space to include options for providing shade. A Louvre roof system is an ideal way to give both shade and allow sunshine through depending on the weather. The system’s cleverly engineered slats can be opened or closed at the touch of a button, creating a simple solution that is easy to use. Twist the slats open to let in light and ventilate your space, or simply twist them closed to provide shade and shelter from both sunshine and rain. Our team are experts in innovative design, and are constantly looking for new ways to elevate your custom built home.

Outdoor living with adjustable Louvre system shade slats in Nga Roto Estate, Taupo, New Zealand

Landscaping

When building with David Reid Homes, we evaluate your site and the land it is built on thoroughly before breaking ground. Understanding the complexities of the earth beneath your build site is paramount to the success and longevity of your home. From building on uneven land or a hillside, to working with sand and rock, our team will guide you through which materials and methods are best suited for your home and it’s outdoor living space.

Al Fresco Dining

Enjoying a meal outdoors is one of the small pleasures in life. The fresh air, sunshine and views are the perfect accompaniment to a delicious meal. Whether you’re entertaining for one or many, a dining area can make a fantastic centrepiece to any outdoor space and provide a place to enjoy the outdoors for more than just a meal. 

Stone feature outdoor fireplace and dining area with rimu hardwood deck in Queenstown

Lighting

Exterior lighting is important not only for creating ambience, but also for the safety of you and your guests. Sensor lighting provides a safe and efficient way to light an outdoor space when it is in use, and takes minimal upkeep. However if you want to get more creative, there are many innovative lighting design options available to add interest and extend the space outwards when the evening creeps in and light begins to fade. Solar lighting is a great sustainable solution, and with its rise in popularity is now available in many different design options, making your home more efficient in the long term.

Enclosed private outdoor living area with fireplace and sunset in the background, Waikato, New Zealand
When designing your new home, it is important to think about your outdoor space and how it will flow into your indoor living. Here at David Reid Homes, we understand that every home is unique, and will work with you throughout the build process to ensure your new custom designed home is tailored to you. 

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