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Al fresco season feels upon us, or almost, which means it may too be time to update your outdoor entertaining areas. Whether that’s a patio, deck or poolside space – here’s Metropol’s pick for items to consider.

 

Posh perches
Outdoor seating is essential if you plan to while away the days and evenings in your outdoor sanctuary. From elegant outdoor lounge sets, to dining arrangements or comfy and casual bean bags – furnish your exterior entertaining with weatherproof, long lasting materials.

In the shade
A sun umbrella can transform your space from a sauna to a shady haven, while adding a stylish silhouette – and of course protection from UV rays. Choose long lasting fabrics and strong frames and bases which can withstand those nor’westers.

Table talk
An outdoor table is an obvious place to congregate to enjoy meals, beverages and each other’s company. Choose a modern square shape or more traditional round in timber, concrete, glass or resin. Pair with casual bench seats or more formal individual chairs.

Game goals
What are our spaces, if not for having fun? Spice up your exterior area with some outdoor games like giant connect four, Jenga, pétanque or Scandinavian favourite, Kubb. Start a scoreboard and let the games – and competition – begin.


 

Gorgeous green spaces: Styx Landscaping


Launched in 2005, Styx Landscaping is set to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary next year, and founder Glen Thomson and his partner Elly are proud to have grown their company so successfully that it’s now one of the most trusted names in landscaping and property care.

 

 

From decks, fences and all aspects of hard landscaping through to ready-lawn laying, irrigation, garden and lawn maintenance and so much more, this business covers the complete A-Z in green space requirements. Every step of every project, whether the planning and creating of a new garden from scratch, or giving an existing but dated garden a makeover, is overseen by Glen and Elly and carried out by them and their dedicated team.

Administrator Elly says Glen’s vast and extensive horticultural and landscaping knowledge, plus their reputation for completing a job quickly and efficiently, has built strong client relationships. “Our clients know we deliver outstanding results, and should any unforeseen problems arise, we’re great at finding solutions that are both cost-effective and sound.”

With an eye to 2020 and beyond, this dynamic duo plan to continue growing the Styx Landscaping brand by exploring further horticultural pathways. Elly, who is already halfway through her Diploma in Landscape Design, has a keen interest in the environment and sustainability; couple this with Glen’s passion for, and pursuance of, quality work and workmanship, and the future of green spaces in Canterbury promises to be nothing less than stunning.

Phone Glen on 027 439 7963, or Elly on 027 567 0016. For more information, email styxpropertycare@gmail.com or visit www.styxpropertycare.co.nz.

 

 


 

Louvre Solutions

The height of sophistication: Louvre Solutions


Indulge in the height of sophistication, the freedom of outdoor entertaining and relaxing in style to your own schedule.

 

Louvre Solutions

 

Spring is upon us and with the promise of long summer evenings on the horizon, now is the perfect time to plan on creating an exterior space that will enhance your outdoor festivities. A louvered roof is an innovative patio/deck cover that, with just the touch of a button, transforms your environment and lets you extend your living space into the great outdoors.  Entertaining at home has never been easier and Canterbury-based Louvre Solutions, owned and operated by Craig Rogers, knows how to create the perfect outdoor space. Whether entertaining or relaxing, they complete your outdoor environment. The louvres move at your command to allow full sunshine, to filter shade or to provide solid rain protection.

Louvre Solutions’ louvre systems are manufactured with quality elements, precision engineering and aesthetic options to realise your vision of the ultimate outdoor space. The patio louvre system is strong and conforms to nearly all wind and snow load requirements. The louvres integrate flawlessly into any architectural style. Louvre Solutions manufactures its louvres from extruded aluminium which offers greater durability than traditional patio covers. Unlike plastic or fabric, these components will outperform in heat and rain.

 

“When we started out, these premium products were prohibitively expensive, reserved for the elite. While the quality of the products has never faltered, we have been able to make them accessible to a wider market and work with a number of clients ranging from entry level properties through to very high-spec homes,” Craig explains. The benefits of a louvre roof are many, ranging from aesthetic to practical. They are a brilliant addition to homes and can be proactively planned as part of the design/build process or can be retrofitted once the need is identified post construction.  “Following the earthquakes, there has been a significant shift to subdivisions where there is generally no established exterior cover. Houses are exposed and owners try to manage environmental conditions and the impact they have on their homes through other means, with often poor results. We collaborated with engineers to come up with the ideal system to mitigate these challenges and a louvre roof proved to be the ultimate solution.”

With more than ten years in the industry, Louvre Solutions’ reputation has been built on a solid foundation. Craig and his team pride themselves on their burgeoning portfolio of repeat and referred business generated through word of mouth, independent builders, architects, landscape architects and building companies, all of whom recommend the company to potential clients. Louvre Solutions manufactures its products at its Canterbury-based factory. A louvre roof can be ready for installation within four to six weeks, making today the perfect time to order yours to ensure maximum summer enjoyment.

 

 


Visit www.louvresolutions.co.nz for more information or contact Craig on
0227 356 286.