Open plan living is the latest trend in modern home design. Gone are the days of brick walls and closed areas. Open plan designs offer space, convenience, and accessibility to homeowners. If you have been thinking about an open plan living space, speak to a landscape designer.

Here are some options to consider for opening up your space.

  1. Patio and Decking

Decking is an essential part of achieving an open, flowing space. It allows the theme of your interior to flow to the outdoors, extending your dining and living areas. Keep the patterns and designs of your deck consistent with your indoor flooring for extra effect. Also, consider adding awnings and shade structures for shelter and privacy or timber walls to close off the area nicely.

Your patio can have an open or closed roof, depending on the area and shading of the garden. You can drape curtains or vines from the beams and you could even hang some plants to enhance the visual appeal.

  1. Outdoor Kitchen

Cooking outdoors, particularly in the warmer months, is a favourite past time of New Zealanders. If your indoor kitchen flows to the outdoors, match the flooring style for a seamless flow. Ideal accessories that will visually enhance your kitchen are:

  • Aluminium appliances
  • Stone counters and bench tops
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Lighting

If your outdoor kitchen is covered with pavers, make sure they are the same colour as your kitchen tiles. This ensures continuity between the two areas. An outdoor kitchen will add value to your home and improve the overall look of your garden design. Entertaining from home has never been more popular, so now is the time to act. Enjoy eating, drinking and laughing with friends without having to run inside to check on the meal.

  1. Plants

Plants are an essential part of any outdoor living area. Start by having pot plants indoors and make the trail to your outdoor area. These can swap between inside and out depending on the weather. Trees, shrubs and ferns also make a great natural fence. The added privacy is a must for keeping out unwanted prying eyes. Lattices and fences will help keep the plants stable while low stone walls will complement the fence perfectly.

  1. Décor and Furnishings

Furnish your interior to match and complement your outdoors and vice versa. Enhance outdoor seating with well-place plush cushions and sprinkle other accessories as needed, such as:

  • Small tables
  • Light fixtures such as small lamps
  • Vases
  • Candle holders
  • Weatherproof furniture
  • Curtains and drapes

If you are feeling adventurous, try different colour schemes on the furnishings. The different colours will add vibrancy to your outdoor area. Go one step further and turn your outdoor space into a second room with a foldout couch or bed. The possibilities are endless.


As a leading landscaping company in Auckland, our knowledge of garden design is impeccable. We help you from the design and planning stages to the finished product. If you want to open up your living space, contact us today. Our landscape designers will guide you through the entire process.

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