We Kiwis have a connection with nature - it’s part of our lifestyle. So it’s no surprise that we want our homes to have a connection with the outdoors – through summer and winter. Creating the ideal getaway where you can kick back doesn't have to be difficult or costly – the trick is to choose products that are functional, stylish and durable.

Where to start? Here are some ideas …

Connect to the indoors … Outdoor living spaces that are easily accessible to indoor rooms are the most likely to get used.  Design your deck or patio in a place that offers refuge, such as off the master bedroom or living room

Connection of the house with the outdoors with firth pavers
Firth Designer concrete in a salt and pepper finish, cut in a large pattern

Create patterns … You can do this in a variety of ways, including laying formal walkways using Firth Designer or Classic series pavers, creating beautiful outdoor spaces.

Double shade Charcoal pavers laid outside a New Zealand house

Create seating areas … Places that family and friends will enjoy - a quiet zone for a chat or around a table for a big dinner.

Outdoor lounge on firth block pavers
Firth Forum™ Paver (400L x 400W x 50Dmm) in Black Sands


Outdoor dining on firth paving stones in Auckland
Firth Courtyard Flagstone (450L x 450W x 50Dmm) in Black Sands and Volcanic Ash

Create an outdoor heat source… If you have a fireplace inside your house, it's where you love to curl up with a good book on a quiet night or where larger groups gather on chilly days. The same is true for outdoor living spaces - a source of fire draws people in and creates a focal point

Light coloured pavers with an outdoor kitchen
Firth’s Designer Series: Forum® Paver (400 x 400 x 50mm) and Piazza® Paver (400L x 200W x 50Dmm) in Avon

For more information about Firth’s range of products or help with your next project. Get in touch with a Zones Landscaping Specialist today to discuss your project.