This complete outdoor makeover focused on delivering privacy and versatile spaces with polished finishes and resulted in a stunning outdoor entertainment zone with huge visual appeal.
After completing a fabulous renovation inside his Point Chevalier home, Stephen was ready to elevate his outdoor living area to the same level of style and functionality. He was brimming with inspiration, envisaging a covered deck and cosy fireplace, and knew from previous experience that an expertly managed renovation was the best way to achieve his goals. Stephen contacted his local Zones Landscaping Consultant Monique Nielsen to arrange a free consultation to discuss the ultimate outdoor transformation.
Monique met with Stephen at his home to understand the space, listen to his goals, and to explain more about the Zones process. Zones have revolutionised outdoor renovations by prioritising the needs of homeowners, delivering outstanding results on time and on budget, and by providing expert project management from design through to delivery. With such an ambitious project in mind, Stephen knew Monique’s expertise would be invaluable, so he was thrilled to welcome her onboard as his dedicated consultant.
Stephen wanted functional and versatile spaces for his family to enjoy, including a show-stopping outdoor living area they could use year round. Privacy from the newly-built townhouses next door was also a top priority. Monique and her design team set to work and created a conceptual design focused on privacy, functionality, and visual appeal.
New decking would anchor the outdoor living area and be the stage for a large outdoor fireplace and pergola with fully automated louvre roofing, integrated lighting, and an infra-red heater. As well as outdoor seating, the pergola would house a custom-made BBQ bench with integrated outdoor fridge and Weber BBQ, creating the perfect spot to entertain.
Elsewhere, a complete makeover was planned for the outdoors, including everything from artificial turf under the trampoline and a concrete pad for a spa, to edging walls with mowing strips, box planters, and a new garden shed and clothesline. Outdoor lighting run through the same app as the inside lighting programme would complete the new look, which was led by design and a clear vision.
Stephen’s outdoor transformation was no small task, requiring 18 different trades to complete the renovation. Ordinarily it would be hugely stressful and time-consuming to secure and schedule so many different professionals, but thankfully Monique had an established network of local suppliers and tradespeople she trusted to deliver quality craftsmanship. From carpentry, paving, and fencing, to masonry, plastering, planting and much more, Monique expertly scheduled the entire project – including the council consent process.
Vitex hardwood decking was chosen for its low maintenance and hard-wearing qualities and was one of the key elements of the new design. Together with the louvre roof, fireplace, and customised BBQ area this installation would provide a key gathering space for the family, with a slatted screen to create privacy. Dozens of other thoughtful elements were installed by Monique’s expert team, including planter boxes for vegetables, upholstery for the custom seating, and concrete edge mowing strips to ensure ease of maintenance. New elements were added to the plan during the build stage, but this was design-led by Stephen, and the related budget changes were well communicated.
With a heated pergola, customised BBQ area, cosy fireplace, and wooden-tub spa, Stephen’s new backyard is an entertainer’s dream, providing the perfect space for his family to relax and have fun. Details such as integrating the outdoor lighting controls with the indoor system, raised block and plaster edging, a fully automated louvre, and artificial turf under the trampoline mean that all spaces are visually appealing, functional and low maintenance.
The fireplace, louvre, and BBQ area are the standout features of the renovation, creating a cosy ambience and a place to gather in style and comfort all year round. The built-in fridge next to the BBQ is a real winner!
A design-led concept and a clear vision for Stephen’s backyard makeover has resulted in stunning, customised, outdoor living spaces. The heated pergola with louvre roof provides an all-weather central gathering area, with stylish screens to ensure privacy. Designer elements such as an integrated BBQ and fridge, custom bench seating, a beautiful fireplace, and wooden spa tub make this the perfect backyard for family and friends. Monique loves the outcome. “We achieved an incredible, cohesive outdoor space with definite wow factor, and we are thrilled with the result.”
Monique Nielsen is a Landscaping Consultant of Hammock Bay Landscaping Limited, a franchisee of Zones Landscaping New Zealand, doing business in Auckland Central.
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