With a temperate and comfortable climate, New Zealand is an ideal environment for outdoor living, and our love of outdoor spaces provides us with fabulous opportunities to spend quality time with family and friends. Low maintenance outdoor spaces require less upkeep and free up our spare time to do the things we love the most.
So how do you create a low maintenance small outdoor space?
Material selection is important, as is design.
Low maintenance and durable, powder coated aluminium can be used for a myriad of products from balustrades through to pergolas, privacy screens, air conditioner condenser covers, louvres and shutters, and to keep the elements well at bay, overhead glazing.
Designing an outdoor space in New Zealand has changed as our living spaces have evolved. With a greater emphasis on apartment living the outdoor space has become smaller and multi-functional and now in a space of as little as 8m² including outdoor cooking, clothes lines, seating, and small gardens. To achieve this, we need to use a material that takes up less space and can be utilised in a variety of ways to provide privacy for the occupier and ensure the external aesthetic of the building is not compromised. Lighter than timber and with less bulk, powder coated aluminium requires less maintenance and is generally faster and easier to install.
Spectrum’s popular fin style balustrades can be successfully utilised to meet safety from falling requirements, and privacy screening between units or apartments. The strong vertical lines deliver balance in multi-level small footprint builds. Integrating these elements into a pergola structure then transforms the balcony to a new external ‘living space’ which can then be equipped with compact outdoor cooking equipment and seating for that new indoor-outdoor flow.
For the ultimate in small space outdoor living Overhead Glazing provides the best protection from the elements without compromising light transmission or view.
So talk to Spectrum for your next outdoor space project.