I trust everyone had a Merry Christmas and enjoyed the time spent with family and friends over the holidays. It’s now a few weeks on from the New year celebrations and the team at MacPherson Architecture are back into full swing. This week saw Chris and Robyn jet off to Europe to meet with new and existing suppliers of quality construction materials for the Clay Block Homes that are being built right across the country. If you haven’t taken a look you can check out just how amazing these homes are here.
Now, lets kick off the first post for twenty seventeen!
Top Tips for Your Summer Entertaining
Now that the weather has settled down, it’s a great time to come together for a few of those famous kiwi-style BBQs, but is your home outdoor entertainment ready? Make the most out of the indoor outdoor flow your home can provide with these 3 easy-to-do ideas you can knock together; your guests may never want to leave!
Rug it up!
Area rugs are a great way to add a splash of colour and texture, while tying together the indoors to the outdoors. They provide a sense of luxury and softness to help ground and define a space and done well can make you feel like the outdoors is an extension to the in. Rugs will range in price from the inexpensive to more expensive alternatives which makes a rug an easily accessible accessory catering to all budgets. Keep in mind though that the quality of the rug will determine how it wears, feels and looks overtime they are designed specifically for the conditions and will be a great investment long term, so you can’t really go wrong!
Light it up!
Entertaining outdoors doesn’t stop when the sun goes down! But sometimes a little extra lighting is needed, be careful to add the right type of lighting to your space: anything too direct without appropriate ‘softening’ may see you and your guests squinting in the dark – not a pleasant way to spend an evening! So think first about positioning and the type & lumens you’re wanting to deliver.
Downlights create a nice amount of light whilst still remaining unobtrusive, spotlight a tree or string up some whimsical fairy lights, it doesn’t need to be hard and yet it will create the right ambience for you and your guests to relax, sit back and enjoy all night long while still being able to see the wine levels in their glass!
Heat it up!
Keeping warm and cozy heading into the later (but often cooler) months of summer can be done in a myriad of ways. Having ambient, convection-style heating most definitely brings atmosphere and comfort to your outdoor space but it’s important to consider the type of heating, the time involved (pre & post burn) as well as the comfort of those enjoying the heat source!
Braziers or firepits give a wonderfully authentic tone to your evening’s soiree but can have the undesired effect of smoke and embers – not to mention next-day clean-up. Gas heating alternatives such as traditional patio heaters and the more elegant gas-powered fire-pits give the benefits of instant heat, very little preparation and little to zero mess afterwards. However, these can be more pricey and may require some gas-fitting expertise but if a more permanent solution is your thing then this shouldn’t be a problem.
Many different options are available - but you won’t regret the comfort factor of being able to turn up the heat when things get a little cool, and neither will your guests!
For any and all ideas relating to the above topics - we are only to happy to have a chat about your ideas. We can advise on creative concepts & methods as well as source product and materials based on your needs - click here to email us, or call us on (07) 8235124.
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