May 18, 2017
Incorporating indoor-outdoor flow is something New Zealander’s are passionate about. We are a nation in love with the outdoors and accommodate this love with the building of decks, balconies, patios and larger than life exterior spaces that almost resemble an additional room. These allow us to enjoy the climate – sun and fresh air, in a comfortable extension of our living space.
Tiles for the Indoors and Out
Polished and fully vitrified tiles or composite marbles are recommended for this purpose – flowing from the living room to exterior spaces. They are durable and water-resistant. Large-sized tiles are most definitely on trend today for that finished look with a lesser number of joins. To ensure an appropriate and fit-for-use tile is chosen to suit your outdoor space, check the technical specifications of the range to ensure the slip-resistance rating is compatible with Council regulations. See here for technical specification to discuss with your builder or specifier.
Because we have an unwavering bond with our homes styling it well, combined with functionality is very important. While choosing tiles for their homes, most people choose based on colours, patterns, textures etc. But tiles should be chosen depending on the application area. Check out our flyer on PEI ratings for further information. All tiles have a PEI rating so ensure you discuss this with your local store.
How to achieve that indoor/outdoor flow with tile
For many Kiwi renovators, the creation of an amazing outdoor space is at the top of their to-do list. Take a look at some useful ideas for your renovation or build in order to achieve the smooth transition from inside to outdoors.
Sliding Doors & Tiles; there are many options on the market today for flush-level doors. The way in which the indoors combine with outdoor spaces is limited only by the imagination!
Ground level doors are flush to the ground and allow for a truly seamless flow outside.
Solid composite decking using materials such as tiles is the most feasible and long-lasting outdoor solution. There is no need to oil or stain a composite deck making it extremely low maintenance. The fact that it won’t warp, splinter, crack or decay speaks further to the hassle free nature of the product. In today’s busy lifestyle it is no surprise that this is timesaving, eco-friendly decking is gaining traction in the New Zealand building industry. For further reading we have an excellent, downloadable brochure on this. Take the time to have a quick read so you are fully informed in your decision making.
Exterior stairs can provide a sense of journey, leading from one outdoor living zone to another.
Check out our Gallery for more inspirational ideas.
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