We are seeing a developing trend of retired homeowners renovating their homes to create more space for their growing, extended family – ie, grandchildren. Given that in actual fact more often than not, only two people will actually reside at the address.
They say it takes a village to raise a child and this is evident in the growing number of outdoor rooms being retrofitted to homes of empty nesters. From toddlers right through to teenagers, grandparents are providing not only a full day of grandparenting love and care. As the week progresses, school pickups are made and it’s the teenage grandchildren‘s turn with nana and poppa while mum and dad are at work.
From beautiful villa renovations to contemporary homes, renovations now include the addition of an outdoor room to create more space and indoor-outdoor flow, particularly from a lounge or kitchen area, through the outdoor room and out to the back yard.
Outdoor Rooms All Year Round
Outdoor Rooms need to be functional all year round, be adaptable and comfortable for an array of family and friends, and being able to accommodate the New Zealand weather. Adding the outdoor room off the main lounge creates a connection between the two spaces and to the back area.
Outdoor Room projects generally start with the building of a deck (or use of the existing deck) followed by the installation of motorised Opening Roofs and the added option of filling in the Opening Roof sides with hand adjustable sun louvre panels and frameless sliding glass doors. Finishing touches included Louvretec downlights, louvre blade lighting and infrared radiant outdoor heaters mounted to the underside of the Opening Roof frame.
Open Up Your Home
The new outdoor room will quickly become the family’s new favourite room and gathering space to house alfresco family gatherings, whatever the weather. Indoor outdoor flow is instantly created leading from inside to the outside.
Open up your home by sliding back the louvre sliders and opening up the louvre roof or alternatively close the louvres, turn on the outdoor heaters and create a comfortable haven or provide shade when required.
Fully customised to match any building style, the new outdoor room easily complements both older style homes and new builds. With over 100 different colour options to choose from your Opening Roof can blend beautifully with your existing joinery or it can be a fresh pop of colour and become the eye-catching finishing touch.
The creation of a controllable outdoor living space can add value to your home along with functional outdoor living and gathering space that encapsulates the outdoors. Bringing the outdoors in has a new meaning when you incorporate an outdoor room to the design of your home or building. Considerations include comfortable gathering spaces, making the most of your home or building, protection as required from the elements, connection to the outside and creating a connection for an effortless transition from inside to outside.
Contact Louvretec today for your free site visit and design ideas. If you have existing ideas, send them through our make an enquiry page.