Newport Home Extension - Inside-View

There are many reasons why you might decide to build a home extension. Each person is different but on the most part, we find that our customers are looking to extend their living or entertainment area. Expanding your house can also add some great value to your property and help to really transform the shape and function, while creating additional, much wanted space.

We know every property is different so you may be at the point where you’re unsure as to what the next step is. Perhaps you’re looking for some inspiration to get the creative juices flowing and kick off some great ideas. So if you’re looking for some examples of various design ideas or photographs, we hope you find the following helpful.

Examples Of Custom Outdoor Living’s House Extension Designs

Below are a small selection of designs we’ve built for our customers. We take great care to understand our customers’ needs and are able to construct a beautiful design you’ll be proud of. You can see more of our home additions here.

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As you can see, we are able to provide cutting-edge designs which are tailored to your wants and needs. We take immense pride in our work and do our utmost best to provide the best building service in Melbourne.

Below is another example of how a property in Sydney was able to completely open up the rear of the house to closely connect the outdoor area to the interior. It’s a great way of enjoying the outdoor space, while at the same time being able to shade yourself from the heat. Added to this, you are able to draw the outside light deeper into your property.

Stylish House Gets A Sustainable And Energy-Efficient Extension

Home renovations are inherently more eco-friendly and economically viable than building an entire new structure by demolishing the old house. But this beautiful home in Mosman, Sydney takes the sustainability quotient to an entirely different level by ensuring that its latest design is as eco-friendly as possible. Instead of opting for costly, high-end gadgets to give the home a green makeover…

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If you’d like to find out more information about how we can help, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We can provide free estimates, so all you need to do is let us know when you’re available, so we can visit your property and provide as much help and advise as we can.

Call us on 1300 724 118, and one of our friendly staff will be able to help.

Custom Outdoor Living
53-57 Rimfire Dr, Hallam VIC 3803
1300 724 118

Building an attached pergola blueprint

If you’re looking to add value to your property, building a pergola is a good way to go because it’s both affordable and will last for many years to come. Following are some helpful tips which will show you how to build an attached pergola to your house and help clear up any questions you may have.

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We highly recommend using timber as your material of choice because it firstly helps to keep the costs down, and secondly is very versatile. You can purchase timber that is specially treated for outdoor use and you can take further steps to protect the wood by applying extra layers of varnish. No two pieces of timber are the same, so make sure you select only those that are in outstanding condition or you’ll regret it later.

Why Should I Build A Pergola?

I’m guessing you’ve already made your decision, but it helps to understand that if you’re looking to transform a dead space in your backyard into something both functional and aesthetically pleasing, building an attached pergola is the way to go.

This particular structure can really go a long way to open up part of your garden by creating additional space which you can utilise for entertainment purposes or for simply sitting back, relaxing and enjoying some quiet time outdoors.

The First Important Steps To Building

Before you even get started on any building work, you should pay particular attention to where you are going to position the structure.

When choosing a location for your pergola, try and make the most your winter sun. Always check with your council or local authorities to make sure you have permission to build. And importantly, work out where all of your utilities are in the area. Water, gas, sewer and other pipes could be in your work area and may cause problems.

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Here are some further important steps to consider before you pick up your tools and spring into action.

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What You Need To Consider Before You Build

It is very important to check with your local council or shire before building any structure. It is your responsibility to ensure that all relevant approvals have been obtained and that the structure that you are attaching to (likely your home) is suitable to support the additional load imposed by your new pergola. In the absence of approval, a council or shire can reasonably demand that any structure you have built be pulled down. Obviously this is not a desirable outcome so we strongly recommend that you get your approval first!

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How Do I Attach A Pergola To The Side Of My Property?

It can sometimes be tricky when it comes to attaching the pergola to the side of your house. A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case a video, so watch the video below for some helpful advice on how to carry out this part of the process properly.

If you’d like any further advice on how to build a pergola attached to the house, give us a call on 1300 724 118. We have over 20 years of experience building pergolas in Melbourne (more here) and can help with all the complicated building regulations too.

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There are many changes you can make to improve your property, but does a pergola add value to a home or not?

One of the best ways to increase the value of your property without breaking the bank, is to utilise any un-used outdoor space.

A perfect way to do this is to build a pergola because it allows you to add a sense of character while at the same time, providing a very functional purpose. They can be used for a number of purposes such as providing a point of focus to your garden by highlighting a particular area, or a space for entertaining your guests.

Before embarking on such a project though, you should ask yourself the following questions.

Do I really enjoy sitting on my patio any time of the day?

If the answer is yes, then a pergola will be a good option for you. From my first-hand experience, I am always amazed how a pergola can take a traditional patio or backyard and place it in the elite class for comfort and aesthetic appeal. Pergolas create a finishing touch and allow a shaded, open air feel that is comfortable and satisfying.

Will it add value to my home?

Yes, a pergola will add market value to any house. Selling your property within the first year will probably not bring a full return on investment; however it will definitely give you a competitive niche in the market. Since outdoor living has become increasingly popular, the value on properties with a pergola or comfortable outdoor space has been on the rise. A safe gauge for a deck or backyard improvement is about 50% – 80% for your ROI.

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Hopefully by answering those questions, it has helped to throw some light on any doubts you may have had about pergolas. You can see some examples of our Melbourne pergolas here.

There are many reasons why an outdoor structure adds value to your property but the simple fact is that outdoor living has become more and more popular, which means people are increasingly seeing the value in outdoor spaces. Where once there was an under-utilised space, a prospective buyer now sees a beautiful functional area.

Why outdoor structures add value

We can no longer count on the value of our property to steadily rise. It may rise, but prices might also remain flat or even decline. If you have equity in your home, you may be tempted to use it on that home extension you’ve always wanted. On the other hand, a full extension can be a risky investment, taking too much of a chunk of your equity and leaving you vulnerable to the vagaries of the property market.

An outdoor structure is a solid investment for several reasons.

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Apart from a pergola adding value to your property, it is an effective way to take full advantage of the hot weather conditions in Australia and provide a wonderful investment in an outdoor area which will suit many purposes.

We’ve been building pergolas for over 20 years, helping people increase the value of their home, while providing a great addition to their property. If you’d like any further advice on building an outdoor structure, please give us a call on 1300 724 118.