Awning and entrance canopy options

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 9/22/20 8:43 AM

If you’re looking for a stylish feature to add to the front of a new build or future housing development, then you can’t go past an awning or an entrance canopy. Both awnings and entrance canopies have the ability to enhance the look and feel of a property, all while adding valuable protection from the elements like the harsh sun, wind and rain.

While similar in nature there are some small differences between awnings and entrance canopies and just how these would be used on the outside of a property to provide protection from the elements.

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Topics: design inspiration, entrance canopies, NZ building consent

5 outdoor design trends for 2020

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 1/16/20 3:01 PM

With a new year underway, now’s the time when many of us are planning our next outdoor project. Or perhaps you’re picking up where you left off at the end of 2019 and continuing work on new builds and housing developments for clients? Whatever the reason, it’s always handy to have a bit of design guidance for your outdoor area!

We’ve put together a list of five outdoor design trends we expect to see during 2020 – many of which we’re already seeing! Make your outdoor space the best it can be with these top tips and ideas.

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Topics: Outdoor living, design inspiration, Patio, Shutters

Outdoor patio ideas

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 10/18/19 11:08 AM

Many of us can agree that nothing beats enjoying the outdoors on a hot summer’s night. If you regularly have friends and family over for meals and get-togethers then you’ll know the importance of having a suitable outdoor entertaining space.

An outdoor patio is a great way to extend your living area outside and depending on how extravagant you want your set up to be, there are many things that you can even do yourself to create a memorable space.

In this blog we look at what makes a patio, and a few ideas as to what a basic patio should include.

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Topics: Outdoor living, design inspiration, Pergola, Louvre, Patio

Create indoor-outdoor flow with shutters

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 8/1/19 12:53 PM

Everybody enjoys good indoor-outdoor flow in their homes. A cool breeze and the harmonious sound of birds chirping in the background can add so much to the ambience of our homes. However, designing a property with good indoor-outdoor flow can also encounter some problems. What happens if the wind picks up or your privacy is compromised?

External shutters can be an excellent solution for these situations. Available with numerous screen options, the shutters can be fixed, sliding or bi folding. In this blog we delve into how you can use a range of different shutters to not only maximise the use of your space and create indoor-outdoor flow, but to also make a statement.

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Topics: Outdoor living, design inspiration, Louvre

5 outdoor home trends to use in 2019

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 7/9/19 8:24 AM

Whether your backyard consists of a few acres or perhaps you’ve only got a small patio to work with, there are now endless options for outdoor home design. From outdoor rooms to mixed materials we’ve covered five outdoor trends to keep an eye on for the rest of 2019. Maybe you’re considering a few already for your next project or home reno?

Get inspired and find out how you can make the most of your outdoor space with these top trends.

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Topics: Outdoor living, design inspiration

Front entrance inspiration

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 7/1/19 8:30 AM

As the saying goes, first impressions count. People are likely to pass judgement on a home within the first few seconds of looking at it and it is highly likely that some of these seconds are going to be spent looking at the properties front entrance.

Make sure the front entrance of your current or future project creates the right impression. In this blog we’ve covered various aluminium louvres and features, designed to give you some extra inspiration. Read on to find out how you can use louvre screens and canopies to make your front entrance stand out.

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Topics: design inspiration, Louvre, entrance canopies

Our favourite louvre projects

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 6/10/19 3:32 PM

The imagination of the architects and builders we work with results in us having the pleasure of working on some truly amazing projects. From terraced housing developments to private estates, we’ve helped large and small projects stand out with outstanding louvre designs.

Instead of keeping these stunning projects under wraps, we've outlined a few of our favourite louvre projects below to help get you inspired for your next project.

If you are an architect or builder, read on to find out how you can add value to your projects using aluminium louvres.

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Topics: Residential louvres, design inspiration, Louvre, custom louvre

Gazebos vs Pergolas – what's the difference?

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 5/10/19 9:25 AM

When it comes to enjoying the outdoors, many of us can agree that having a shaded area to relax and unwind in is a great addition to any home. We’re lucky that nowadays we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing an outdoor structure. Common structures include gazebos and pergolas.

Gazebos and pergolas both serve similar purposes in an outdoor area – to provide protection from the elements and a space for entertaining. Both can be constructed from various materials and come in numerous designs. Though they're similar, they do have their differences.

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Topics: Outdoor living, design inspiration, Pergola

Aurae's range of louvres

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 4/16/19 10:15 AM


Growing in popularity, louvres are a great addition to any home. They help to bring the outside indoors and extend your living area by providing some valuable extra shade. With a multitude of uses louvres are a solution for almost any home, not to mention they are a simple way to add some extra wow factor! Available in an array of finishes and materials, including aluminium, louvres are also very versatile, stylish and practical.

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Topics: Residential louvres, design inspiration, Louvre

What are the different types of louvres available?

Posted by Mitchell Stewart on 3/14/19 2:39 PM

Louvre blades have been used on buildings since the middle ages, with some of the earliest louvre blades still visible on churches and other historic buildings throughout Europe. Today they are becoming increasingly popular with architects in façade design, and are used to achieve shade control, weather protection, privacy, aesthetics, ventilation and more.

In this article we’ll take a look at some modern louvre systems, and how they’re being used in the New Zealand architectural scene.

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Topics: Residential louvres, design inspiration, Louvre