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Selwyn Times: March 07, 2017

2 Outdoor Splendour Just

2 Outdoor Splendour Just as any other room in your home requires planning, so do outdoor spaces. We look at a few areas that bear some careful consideration to achieve a functional, stylish and relaxing backyard retreat this summer. Vondom Outdoor rooms have their own unique challenges. As well as giving thought to architectural style, colour palettes, traffic flow, spatial requirements and comfort, it’s important to factor in shelter from the elements and privacy from the next-door neighbours. Important things to consider if you are reinventing your outdoor area from scratch or embarking on a big project are orientation and layout. Exposure to sun and protection from the wind, proximity to the house, pool, and views, and consideration for the kinds of activities to accommodate cooking, dining, entertaining, lounging, and sun bathing, are also essential elements to think about. If you’re contemplating tackling a largescale project or even if your outdoor area could benefit from some bespoke elements, employ a landscape architect and an interior designer (many of whom have experience designing outdoor areas). Many have the ability to successfully design and manufacture custom-made furniture to suit your specific needs or have access to discounted products that will save you money.By bringing in the professionals, you can rely on their extensive knowledge and experience to design a functional and beautiful space you will love entertaining and relaxing in. Consider access between indoor preparation areas to outdoor dining areas for optimal practicality. Ideally your outdoor area should be easily accessible from the house, with food preparation areas located near your indoor kitchen to reduce trips back and forth. If this is not a viable option you may want to think about designing a dedicated area outdoors to a combined cooking and dining area. Heating is an additional benefit, which will enable you to enjoy your outdoor areas in comfort for longer. Investigate the variety of options on the market that best suits your requirements and current set up. Integrate an awning or sun sails to patios adjoining the house or a sturdy multidirectional umbrella for shade over dining and lounge areas. Gazebos and pergolas are stand-alone structures at the bottom of the garden or beside the pool are a good way to provide respite from the sun and wind. Always work together with your designer or builder to ensure the style of any standalone structure is in keeping with the architecture of your home for a cohesive look. REAL ESTATE SPECIALISTS 446 Little Akaloa Road, Little Akaloa oNe MoRe lISTeD! DeaDlINe Sale 5pM 22ND MaRCh (uNleSS SolD pRIoR) Secluded Charm! Are you looking to escape the daily grind of city life in favour of the relaxed pace of country living? This secluded sanctuary set amid 40,143m² of picturesque scenery could be just what you’ve been searching for. The character-rich homestead is abundant with classic features, but has also been sensitively upgraded over the years with style and comfort front of mind. Generous accommodation is provided by four bedrooms while the presence of a quaint sleep out offers further options and ensures there is plenty of room for visiting family or friends. This property presents a wonderful opportunity to acquire a truly unique lifestyle that is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the city. Contact Mike now for more information. 163 Breadings Road, Bankside DeaDlINe Sale 5pM 14Th MaRCh (uNleSS SolD pRIoR) 8 James K Baxter Place, Addington DeaDlINe Sale 5pM 21ST MaRCh (uNleSS SolD pRIoR) elegant, expansive and endlessly appealing! Situated on a tranquil and picturesque 12.32ha section this charming character home has been tastefully upgraded throughout and offers multiple living options. There are paddocks suitable for horses, sheep etc, as well as lush landscaped grounds, a thriving vegetable garden and a tennis court! Sitting between Dunsandel and Rakaia, it is an easy commute to Rolleston or Ashburton, and is less than a 40 min drive to Christchurch. Our vendors are committed to achieving a sale, and present a tantalising opportunity for you to escape to the country for a slice of the quiet life. Contact Mike today for your chance to view. More than Meets the eye Offering the best of both worlds this classic character bungalow has a traditional and timeless exterior yet has undergone meticulous renovations to meet the demands of modern day living. Three double bedrooms provide ample accommodation, whilst a stunning contemporary kitchen, updated bathroom and living areas will provide comfortable family living. Zoned for both Cashmere High and Christchurch South Intermediate, interest in this property will be high. Don’t miss out, call Mike for viewing times. 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