Outdoor living ideas: how to create the ultimate backyard entertainment area in Auckland

At Zones, our experienced outdoor entertainment experts have brought countless designs to life, so they know their stuff. From backyard barbecues to relaxing spa pools, here are a few suggestions for must-have features that will take your backyard to the next level. 

Set the stage with a patio

In this case, we’re using the term “patio” very loosely. Whether it’s a native timber deck, paver patio, or a custom brick design, installing some sort of hardscaping is essential to create a firm foundation for the rest of your entertainment area. Patios can also be used to define unique spaces within a landscape design, as you can see here in Point Chevalier. Areas for dining and socialising are defined with decking, while the spa pool sits on top of a poured concrete foundation, creating a purposeful distinction between the two areas without disrupting the cohesiveness of the design. 

This stylish Sandringham landscape utilises a tiered approach and a mix of soft and hardscaping to create a multipurpose backyard that caters to kids and adults alike. 

Include plenty of seating 

You can’t have an entertaining area without seating, whether that’s a simple dining table, built-in benches, or comfortable lounge chairs. In larger landscapes, multiple seating areas help to fill the space in a purposeful way. They also are ideal to promote outdoor flow so your guests can relax throughout the area. This stunning backyard transformation in Epsom illustrates that technique beautifully with separate seating areas for dining, sunbathing, and socialising. There’s even immediate access to the indoor lounge. That’s really masterful indoor-outdoor flow!

Make it cosy

For an outdoor entertainment area you can enjoy whatever the weather or time of year, certain elements need to be included. Heating and shelter are the most important. How you achieve these requirements is totally up to you. The options range from standalone fire pits (great for moving around), to built-in fireplaces to add a stylish modern touch, and propane/infrared outdoor space heaters. 

Pair your chosen heating option with shelter for the ultimate year-round cosy space. With a louvre that has built-in lighting and a gas powered fireplace, this thoughtfully designed Herne Bay courtyard ticks all the boxes. 

Take advantage of alfresco dining 

Few things are better than setting the table to enjoy your meals outside with loved ones – especially if someone else is bringing the main dish! But designing your backyard around a curated alfresco dining experience will surely level-up the design. 

Splash out on a splash zone

Whether it’s a relaxing soak in a spa or an afternoon spent around the pool with family and friends, yards with pools are the best. Of course, space and budget could be challenging for some projects, but there are so many models and designs available that there’s something out there for everyone. 

While this resort-inspired backyard in St. Heliers has both a spa and swimming pool, there’s no doubt about which one is the focal point of the design. Paired with a covered seating area, it’s a family-friendly entertainer’s dream. Over in St. Johns, a smaller but equally well-appointed design has several spaces for relaxing within the tiered concept, including a spa pool on the highest level. 

Want a landscape designed by a professional?

At Zones, we can do even better. From start to finish, including the design and build portion, your project will be led by an experienced Landscaping Consultant. To get started, just get in touch to arrange a consultation. 

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