WORDS Mina Phillips
Highlights Box: Location: Puhoi
Original budget: $50,000
Actual cost: $40,000
Project timeframe: 4 Weeks
Best decision: Using macrocarpa posts and beams
Biggest challenge: Moving the fireplace
Size of project: approximately 80m2
Main materials used: Macrocarpa, concrete and planting
Type of home: Modern
When Rodney landscaping specialist Judd Stratful was set the task of building an outdoor entertaining area for a client in Puhoi, the project was cut short due to unforeseen circumstances. As a result, the client spent $10,000 less than the original budget estimate and the project was completed within 4 weeks. Check out our cost estimate for building a basic outdoor room
Judd’s client wanted an outdoor area where she could entertain family and friends. This included installing concrete flooring, posts, an outdoor fireplace, a surrounding garden, seats and a spa pool. She also wanted the area to provide an adequate amount of shade from the summer sun. With the help of landscape designer Naomi Gray and Mint Landscapes, Judd began bringing the project to life.
Installing macrocarpa posts and beams, rather than laminated posts and beams, offered a more affordable option. The client also opted to build the macrocarpa pergola with a shade sail rather than a louvre to save on costs. The next challenge was attempting to move the fireplace into position.
Within four weeks Judd and his team had installed the concrete, the macrocarpa posts and beams, the garden was planted, the fireplace put in position and spa pool installed. An entertaining area of 80m2 was added to the customer’s modern home, with seats and a shade sail remaining a future prospect.
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