Zone's People's Choice Awards: 2021 Shade and Privacy of the Year

Deck with a white pergola

Privacy is essential to a relaxing landscape and there are many ways to achieve it. The winners of the People’s Choice Awards in the Privacy and Shade category have utilised clever ways to create a private outdoor retreat they can enjoy with friends and family. Take a look at the winning projects for some inspiration and innovative ideas.

BRONZE: A Family-Friendly Backyard in Northcote Point, Auckland by Kate Ryan

This backyard transformation accommodates defined areas while remaining harmonious and cohesive. Overhead of an outdoor dining and entertaining area, a crisp white pergola with climbing vines promotes indoor-outdoor flow.

Understated black retaining planters are home to colourful plants that add an attractive hue to the landscape, while tucked away around the corner is a hidden spa pool, the perfect private retreat after the guests have all gone.

SILVER: Modernising a Cosy Courtyard in Herne Bay, Auckland by Kate Ryan

Ideally located but tightly packed; that’s Herne Bay. And for this small plot the answer to a lack of privacy was a bespoke wrap around louvre. Used to define the outdoor entertaining area while ensuring privacy, the addition of custom, built-in lighting ensures this outdoor space can be enjoyed any time, day or night. 

A cosy fireplace, laser cut steel art, and complementary greenery complete the transformation turning this urban courtyard into a private and relaxing haven.

GOLD: Xeriscape Landscaping for Outdoor Living in Remuera, Auckland by Thelma Meyer

Unlike the desert it’s inspired by, the design of this outdoor living environment offers respite from the sun under a sleek and modern louvre. Behind a barbecue area, a cedar privacy screen with warm, multi-tonal planks enhances the natural surroundings and the home’s existing exterior while creating privacy. 

Rustic desert plants throughout the landscape and acid washed concrete floors under the louvre are the perfect details to tie the design together. When the sun goes down, the built in LED lights allow for a seamless transition from day to night, making this space an entertainer's dream.


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