Make the Most of Your Outdoor Entertainment Area

Picture yourself relaxing beside a crackling fire, chatting with friends, and enjoying a slice of delicious wood-fired pizza from your very own pizza oven! As outdoor living increasingly becomes an extension of our homes and personalities, so too our outdoor spaces are evolving to become areas where we want to chat, dine and relax with our family and friends.

Fortunately, with New Zealand’s mild climate and a little help from the right landscape professional, it’s a lifestyle that is easily attainable.

From a BBQ on the deck to a fully customised outdoor kitchen complete with the latest furniture and appliances, we can all enjoy living and entertaining outdoors – whatever the weather.

5 Tips to Enhance your Outdoor Entertainment Area

Plan for Your Lifestyle

The aim is to achieve a beautiful and functional outdoor living area that suits the way you like to live and entertain. If your BBQ is on the deck, think about adding boxed seating and stunning urns to create the effect of an outdoor ‘lounge’. Step it up a level and add a pizza oven to the patio. It will provide warmth, ambience and the perfect place to chat – not to mention a supply of delicious homemade pizza.
A fully customised outdoor entertainment area will enhance more valuable properties. Entertainment areas range from fully equipped outdoor kitchens complete with grills, benches, sinks and bars, to sophisticated outdoor lounges that can play a dramatic part in enhancing your home’s architecture and value. Always use a qualified landscape architect to get the most from your investment.


Extend the use of your outdoor kitchen, BBQ or lounge area with a roof, retractable awning or something as simple as a canvas sail. This gives you the use of your entertainment area in all weathers and seasons. A stylish column heater or outdoor fireplace will also help you get more from your outdoor area, while doubling as a design feature.

Provide a ‘Chat Area’

These days, it’s all about creating outdoor spaces or ‘rooms’ where we can chat and relax with our friends. Make a real statement with a stunning outdoor lounge complete with a fireplace and lounge furniture. You can add a rustic fire pit, brazier or fire torch for individual style and a natural talking point for guests.

Add a Pool or Water Feature

The swimming pool has come into its own as a central feature of the outdoor entertainment area – and it’s also a great way to add value to your home. The pool can become the stunning centrepiece of your landscape design, with shimmering lights, a stylish lounge setting and a glowing fire. Add a small pool for the kids, a simple water feature or a back-lit fountain. Think about how good it would be to relax together under the stars in a hot tub or Jacuzzi.

Complete the Picture with Lighting

Extend the life of your party with thoughtfully designed outdoor lighting. From a crackling outdoor fireplace to the latest in lux lighting, throwing light on your entertainment area is all about combining functionality with creativity. From a simple brazier with a string of colourful fairy lights for both light and warmth, to well-placed LED lights, to a more sophisticated style statement with the latest tech-savvy lighting schemes controlled from your smart phone to adjust dimming, brightness and on/off settings, you can create the mood to suit the occasion.

Planning an outdoor kitchen, fireplace or exterior makeover?

Our landscape and garden design team at OuterSpace Landscapes is based in Canterbury, New Zealand and includes professional landscape designers, landscape architects, structural landscape specialists, project estimators and landscape technicians, plus a specialist planting crew. Call us today on 0800 100 759 or email

Jordan Frizzell