What's Hot In NZ's Best Homes

The 2020 NZ House of the Year Awards were interesting not just for the quality of the winning entries which we pour over but also Our company was excited to see the the trends that the judges observed. So what did they find to be hot in Kiwi houses in 2020? There was a drift towards mixed types of exterior cladding instead of the uniform look on the outside of many New Zealand homes. Judges also noticed the increasing use of futuristic home automation (so much so that there is now a category for Smart House of the Year) yet, on the other hand, they also commented on a return to more retro interior design trends with timber walls and ceilings making a big comeback. 

Something else which caught our eye was the increased popularity of screens for added protection and privacy. As a company that sells concertina louvres, retractable roofs, outdoor blinds, louvre shutters and so much more along these lines, we couldn’t help but think that our products make a good fit to cater to these current trends. 

Judges said there was a growing use of screens for privacy, sun and wind protection reasons. As well as being highly functional, judges also noted how much they added to properties as an architectural feature. As one of the judges said:

"The sliding-screen feature has been replicated in the alfresco living area, providing privacy but more importantly wind protection, turning the outdoor area into a cosy outdoor space."

That’s what Louvretec does, we provide privacy and protection, and help homeowners create that “cosy outdoor space” - The outdoor room. It’s an area people can spend a lot of time in, and adds to a home’s liveable footprint in the easiest and most affordable way. It’s reaffirming to see that the products we supply and install are being seen as increasingly trendy in New Zealand homes. More and more Kiwis are embracing the joys of outdoor living in their own backyard, and if the House of the Year Awards are anything to go by, they’re doing it in very stylish and striking ways. Given that our products look as good as they function, we are always so proudto have our products feature on award winning homes. 

If outdoor living is a trend you’d like to explore, with the added benefits of privacy and protection to go with it, contact your nearest LouvreTec NZ location and we’ll happily discuss all of the options with you.