Your Spring project … create an outdoor room

Your Spring project … create an outdoor room
September 20, 2017

So you like your house and you don’t want to move, but you could do with more space.

It could be because the family is growing, children or parents are moving back home, you’ve started a home based business, you’ve always wanted that conservatory – or any of a thousand other reasons why your existing house just isn’t big enough.

Have you considered creating an outdoor room?

With New Zealand’s mild climate, indoor-outdoor living is a key part of kiwi life and something that can happen almost all year round with the right addition to your home, and with the inclusion of a heater, fire, fire pit or brazier for those cooler nights.

Verandahs and decks can be covered and patios created. There are a million ways you can create extra space for you and your family – and enjoy that all-important indoor-outdoor flow we all love.

To get started you will want to talk to an architect and decide how your new outdoor room will tie into your existing house and choose products that will fit in with what you have, that are affordable,  durable (for exterior use) and just look great!

Firth has a range of products that are perfect for creating that desirable outdoor space – without breaking the bank. Here are just a few ideas:

Architectural Masonry

So much can be done with blocks. Whether you need the structural strength of Firth’s Architectural Masonry 20 series or a veneer block using Firth’s Architectural Masonry 10 series. These blocks can be stack bonded for a more contemporary look or stretcher bonded for a more traditional look. Blocks can be honed, polished and sealed creating a high-end stylish finish.

Designer Concrete

Concrete is hardwearing and can be cut into shapes, coloured, polished (or not) – it doesn’t need to be just one tone of grey! The Firth Elements range of coloured concrete offers a variety of colours to help you match your existing dwelling. Match the blocks or the paintwork – there is a Firth Elements colour to suit.

Exposed Aggregate Concrete

This look is achieved by washing away the top layer of concrete to leave the surface layer of aggregate exposed. We source our pebbles locally, which is why every region throughout New Zealand has its own unique mix and look. You may prefer the aggregate be highly polished to achieve a glossy finish or just a surface polish to expose the stones beneath. You could also add a Firth Elements colour to the concrete mix. There are numerous looks and finishes you can achieve.

Paving – Designer Series or Classic Collection

Firth’s extensive range of pavers, in both classic and contemporary colours, will give you a multitude of options. Choose pavers from the more traditional Classic Collection through to the new Designer Series – the possibilities are endless …

Classic Collection

The Firth Designer Series is an inspiring residential high-end paving range that allows you to achieve a premium finish that is complementary in size and colour, offering more flexibility and creativity.  With three sizes of paver – Forum – 400 x 400 x 50Dmm, Piazza400L x 200W x 50Dmm and Holland200L x 100W x 50D mm – their inter-changeability allows you to create your own bespoke designs.

Firth Piazza® Paver 400L x 200W x 50Dmm in Raglan Sands and Avon from the Designer Series

The Firth Classic Collection showcases pavers in both classic and contemporary colours to create unique living spaces to reflect your taste and style. From the large Chancery® 500mm square paver to the cobble look of the Holland® Set paver. With choices of colour, size and the patterns you can create with both – the possibilities are limitless.

Firth Holland Set paver in Black Sands

With so much to consider our team is on hand to help you with the choices available.

For more information on the Firth range of products to suit your project: PH 0800FIRTH1, email or go to

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