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Go Alfresco: Armstrong Interiors


With hot days and balmy nights ahead, there’s no better time to update your outdoor living area. We chat to interior designer Angelique Armstrong about outdoor living design.

 

 

 

With daylight savings now making our evenings warmer and brighter, what should we consider for our outdoor living spaces?
Indoor-outdoor flow is one thing Kiwis love about our summers. Gone are the days where the architects put kitchens on the south side of the house. Now our kitchens are at the forefront of living spaces, so consider maximising flow and space and extending this idea outside. Set this up like you would inside, and consider situating the barbecue in good proximity to family and guests you are cooking for as well as whether there is appropriate shelter from the wind and sun.


When choosing outdoor furniture and accessories, do we need to match the colour palette that we have in our interiors or is this a good place to add more colour?
When choosing outdoor furniture, it is good to continue the feel of the design theme you have within the rest of your home. However, a nice way to add colour is with cushion scarabs and scatter cushions, bean bags and accessories like an outdoor dining set or placemats. These can be changed yearly for a different aesthetic if desired.


What are your tips for creating an outdoor kitchen/barbecue area?
At Armstrong Interiors we have experience with designing outdoor barbecue areas. Using UV-based materials and hardwearing options for extreme weather elements is a must. Outdoor kitchen taps and sinks all need to be of marine quality. Fireplaces also complement and tie in the materials, scales and proportions for an overall timeless design.


What are some exterior must-haves for summer?
It is more and more popular to have an outdoor seating/lounge area. I recommend either a modular sofa with side tables and a centre table, or two outdoor sofas of the same size and a couple of matching chairs and perhaps an outdoor rug. The idea is to treat this like an outdoor room – keep the space intimate and not too spread out. Have some big blankets on-hand ready to wrap around yourself when the nights become a bit cooler in temperature.

 

Angelique Armstrong

 


 

Expand your indoor living!: Louvre Solutions


Spring is in the air! The days are finally getting longer, the air is fresh and clean, and new beginnings abound.

 

 

Hello spring! We welcome your arrival and look forward to comfortably basking in the great outdoors once again. Spring just can’t help but bring fresh starts, clean closets and a renewed excitement about life and what it has in store. The timing couldn’t be better to expand your indoor living into the great outdoors. Louvre Solutions can create a custom space that suits your individual needs with a rain-censored louvre roof, complete with options such as pull-down side screens, LED lighting and heat lamps.

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, relaxing, or simply expanding your indoor area, Louvre Solutions can bring your ultimate outdoor environment to fruition. 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 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, wind and rain.

 

“When we started out, these premium products were prohibitively expensive and reserved for the elite. Even with ongoing improvements and advancements in technology to our products, we are able to offer Louvre Solutions at an affordable price to a wider market. We are now able to be accessible to markets from entry-level properties to very high-end spec homes,” Craig explains.

The benefits of a louvre roof are many, ranging from aesthetics to practicality. They are a brilliant addition to homes and can be proactively planned as part of the design/build process or retrofitted once the need is identified post- construction.
With more than 14 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.

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 spring outdoor enjoyment and intelligent preparation for summer.

Visit www.louvresolutions.co.nz for more information or contact Craig on 0275 356 286.

 

 


 

Decking that adds value: Deckadence


There are people who build decks and then there is Deckadence. Prior to the earthquakes, Deckadence was at the forefront of providing you with incredible quality decks built to suit your surroundings. Hillside properties were a specialty.

 

 

Now, under CanForm Structures, an award-winning commercial contractor, Deckadence is back and ready to get stuck in.

A lot of people neglect decking when building or renovating their homes, but it’s amazing how much style and function is added to your outdoor living area by the introduction of a well thought out deck, not to mention the value it adds to your property.

Deckadence knows how to do this better than any other, which is why if you want a deck of your own, they should be your first port of call.

With a dedicated team of professionals and access to CanForm’s internal systems and top subcontractors, Deckadence have the capacity to take an idea and create something unique and cost-effective.

For hill-based properties, there is no equal. They have designed and built decks where people never thought possible. In fact during the earthquakes, those decks held up several properties.

In addition to single and multi-level decks, and the usual pergolas, staircases, railing and seating, Deckadence builds distinct outdoor living areas such as children’s play areas, pool and hot tub surrounds and BBQ areas. They also build turning bays, jetties and art studios.

Deckadence owner Simon Geary is involved in the design, and as construction manager makes sure the job is completed exactly as planned. As Simon says, “Want something special? We can do it for you”.

 

 


 

Don’t replace, restore!: Deck and Fence Pro


Is your deck, fence or garden table old and weathered? Don’t replace it, restore it! Bring back the natural and original beauty of your outdoor wooden features with Deck & Fence Pro, your go-to specialists for deck, fence and outdoor furniture restoration.

 

 

With a variety of options to fit your requirements and budget, Deck and Fence Pro can provide a quality, start-to-finish service for all your outdoor wooden structures including decks, fences, outdoor furniture and garage doors. They also offer deck and fence repairs and cleaning and repainting services for brick, plaster and stone fences.

Restoration begins with a deep clean and removal of all dirt, mildew, moss, mould, lichen and previous stains and finishes, using premium environmentally friendly cleaning solutions that contain no bleach, acids or phosphates, and won’t harm your plants or corrode any metals. These professional products can extract years of dirt, grime, mould and other contaminants from deep within the grain of the wood.

Using a range of quality, New-Zealand made oil stains and Enviro or Dulux Paints in a variety of colours that suit any wood type, Deck and Fence Pro’s trained and certified professionals will breathe life back into your home’s exterior features.
Spring is the time to start thinking about updating your deck, fences, trellises and garden furniture in time for the summer – the season of outdoor entertaining.

For a free quote or more information, contact Tim from Deck and Fence Pro on 027 349 0527 or email tim.g@theprogroup.co.nz.