Being out in the fresh air and sunshine are known stress reducers. Of course you can always go for a walk or visit a park whenever circumstances permit, but imagine having a private outdoor living space for unwinding in your own backyard. Building an outdoor entertainment area can dramatically increase your living area too!
A combination of blinds, screens, and even a pergola can create the perfect covered outdoor living space that transitions seamlessly from a kitchen or lounge. Or if it’s a modern outdoor entertaining area you’re after, bespoke lighting and a chic verandah may be more to your taste.
One thing’s for sure, with cosy elements such as firepits and built-in seating through to practical features like an automatic louvre roof, outdoor living ideas run the gamut when it comes to style and budget, so there’s something for everyone. But working with a team of professional outdoor entertaining area builders and designers is the best way to create an atmosphere that complements your property and lifestyle.
Outdoor renovations are an exciting project but there can be lots of details to manage. At Zones, we’ve completed thousands of successful projects so we know what to prepare for. Our proven 5-step method addresses problems before they start by prioritising thorough planning and ensuring our communication is direct. Each homeowner is connected with a designated Landscaping Consultant who works alongside them throughout the entire project, right from the initial consultation.
“Communication has been excellent from start to finish and the entire project has been managed extremely well. The project has come in on time and budget and the result is stunning.” — Rebekah La Franchie, Zones client
Aside from sourcing premium materials and coordinating an excellent team to execute your project, it’s our mission to provide an experience that’s second to none by remaining transparent in our communication, pricing, and planning processes. The Zones approach enables our Landscaping Consultants to streamline the process, keeping everything organised and on schedule, so your outdoor living area gets delivered on time and within budget.
Let the experts at Zones help transform your landscape! To discuss ideas for your outdoor living area, get in touch and arrange a free consultation with a local Landscaping Consultant.
Our proven 5-step process was designed to help ensure outdoor renovation and landscaping projects are delivered on time and within budget.
A landscaping specialist will meet with you to discuss your ideas and offer suggestions and inspiration to get your project started.
Next up, your specialist will look at the feasibility of your ideas and, consequently, provide you with a project estimate.
A detailed design will allow your specialist to create a time-frame, a fixed-quote and advise you of any required council consents.
From there, it's all go! Your landscaping specialist will manage their skilled team throughout your design installation.
Our expert team can manage all aspects of your outdoor entertainment area project from planning to build and everything in between
No matter your style, Zones can create a solution for you - browse through this carousel for inspiration on your outdoor entertainment renovation project.
Looking to create a family-friendly backyard? We've got you covered. From pools and minimal maintence gardens to sports courts and spacious lawns, your local Landscaping Consultant will work closely with you to turn your backyard into a beloved hub for family fun.
A well-planned and fully equipped grill area is a must for BBQ lovers. This style focuses on creating the perfect outdoor cooking and dining haven to enjoy all year round.
Ready to have your own poolside paradise? At Zones, we are experts in transforming your space into a breathtaking oasis. Whether you envision hosting pool parties or simply desire a private retreat, your dedicated Landscaping Consultant will work with you to bring your ideas to life.
Curious about the process? Check out these real-life stories of recent Zones projects, including images of outdoor entertainment areas, details, and the costs to bring them to life.
Our 5-step process was designed to keep homeowners informed. Whether it’s through conversations with your Landscaping Consultant or by checking into our intuitive customer portal, you’ll always be able to track your project’s progress.
Your Landscaping Consultant will guide you through the process and liaise with the team on your behalf so you can relax and enjoy the process, knowing that you're supported by industry experts.
At Zones, we understand that everyone has different priorities. In our experience, homeowners are led by one of two priorities; budget or design. But there’s no wrong way to plan your outdoor living area.
If you want to build an outdoor entertainment area on a budget, we can create concept designs to fit within your financial comfort zone and we can rework according to your feedback. This approach helps to define areas you may want to splurge, and where you’re happy to compromise.
No matter which route you choose, rest assured you’ll receive the same robust customer support and superior craftsmanship that Zones is known for.
At Zones, our business model empowers our Landscaping Consultants to build teams they trust and believe in. This includes general contractors, specialty craftspeople such as stonemasons, and landscape architects, as well as suppliers.
These partnerships provide exclusive access to premium materials and the workmanship of experts, but your Landscaping Consultant will always remain your single point of contact.
Whether your project is led by budget or design, our team will find the right products and materials to bring your vision to life.
Incorporating spa pools into an outdoor area is a common request by Kiwi homeowners as it’s a luxurious item but can often be an eyesore without the proper execution. Whether the spa pool is the focal point of the landscape or simply a design element is up to you.
Functional yet stylish outdoor BBQ area ideas are another entertaining space staple. They’re not as comprehensive as an outdoor kitchen but still serve as an incredible social hub for parties and gatherings. Simple ideas include a pergola for shelter, weatherproof storage, and seating. But some designs even see the BBQ built into a brick housing or complemented by a wood-burning pizza oven!
Landscapers, designers, architects, consultants — you’ve probably heard all these terms before and, while they all work towards the same goal, they each have different jobs, so we don’t blame you for being confused!
A qualified landscape designer’s purpose is to translate your backyard ideas into a feasible design that suits your property, budget, and lifestyle. They’ll consider things like what native plants will thrive, where the sun hits your yard, the topography of the site, and the proposed purpose of the space. They can offer garden ideas, patio ideas, and even recommend specific fixtures and fittings. Their main goal is to bring your vision to life in a way that will last for years to come while adhering to your requests and guidelines.
Aside from council consent, which your Landscaping Consultant can help you with, weather and the existing landscape are the two biggest factors. Consider your local climate. If there’s excessive rain or even sunshine, you may want to think about creating a partially covered outdoor space that gives you the option to escape the elements.
Also, take the time to survey your property. Are there any obvious challenges such as steep inclines or an abundance of overgrown bush? If so, your Landscaping Consultant may need to coordinate excavation specialists, or you may opt to go back to the drawing board and instead work with your landscape instead of against it. But these are all things that will be addressed early on in the planning process, so don’t worry.
Timelines vary and there are a myriad of factors that can impact an estimated schedule. We’ve completed projects in anywhere from four weeks to four months and beyond. Part of our 5-step process includes creating a detailed timeline so our Landscaping Consultants can reach milestones in a timely manner which helps them stay on schedule. So, while each project is unique, each one is planned in advance so you’ll know what’s going on and have a projected date of completion for your outdoor entertainment area.
Outdoor spaces come in all shapes and sizes, but we apply the same proven process to each landscape renovation.
In the past year alone, we’ve created outdoor living areas for under $20,000* and over $200,000*. But, as you can imagine, the scope of these projects vary greatly. This may not be the answer you’re looking for but there’s really no one-size-fits-all price tag. However, the costing stage of our 5-step process includes an estimate for each project that homeowners have the opportunity to review and adjust before agreeing to construction. This way, there are no surprises and we can work within your budget.
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