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Carports come in all different shapes, sizes and designs. Our approach to designing carports is to carefully consider the look and feel of the existing property and take these factors into consideration to design and implement a structure that fully complements your property.

This means that over the last 20 years, we have designed and built a wide range of differing styles, from single width to double width carports.

But what are the carports of the future going to look like? With the likes of Airbus promising to deliver a flying car prototype by the end of 2017, you can only wonder as to what the future designs of garages and carports will look like.

Airbus promises flying car prototype to be ready by end of 2017

Airbus flying car with folded wings

Flying cars may not be that far away, with the Airbus Group planning to test a prototype as a way of avoiding gridlock on city roads by the end of the year.

The aerospace group’s chief executive announced plans for the self-piloted flying car during a digital tech conference in Munich.

Airbus last year formed a division called Urban Air Mobility that is exploring concepts such as a vehicle to transport individuals or a helicopter-style vehicle that can carry multiple riders.

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In all likelihood, this will take several more years to become the norm.

In the meantime BMW have designed a solar powered carport which utilises the power of the sun to fully charge their i3 and i8 electric vehicles. Looking at the design and style of this carport it looks like the future is already here!

BMW gives the i8 its very own solar carport

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BMW Group DesignworksUSA has designed a solar carport to house the new i3 and forthcoming i8 electric vehicles. BMW is revealing the one-car solar garage concept as part of the official media launch of the i8 in Los Angeles.

The concept follows previous efforts from the German automotive giant to power its “i” sub-brand using renewable energy. It last year unveiled a similar carport system conceived in partnership with the photovoltaic firm SOLARWATT GmbH.

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But for those of us who don’t happen to have a BMW i3 or i8 series, don’t despair! Our carports provide some of the highest quality workmanship and are custom tailored to complement your property to suit any type of vehicle.

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If you’d like any further advice, Please do not hesitate to contact us. We offer free estimates and you can always call us on +61 1300 724 11.

 

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Many families look to upgrade the size of their property when looking for more space to accommodate an expanding family base. Some families are choosing to move further away from built up and pricey areas, towards the suburbs and even further afield to places such as Gembrook. A once stagnated population, people are noticing just how close Gembrook is to Melbourne.

The Gem On Melbourne’s Outskirts That’s Getting New Life

For a township of 2000 people, Gembrook in Melbourne’s outer south-east packs a punch, largely thanks to Puffing Billy which terminates on its main street.

“The makeover of Main Street is attracting buyers into Gembrook,” says Aaron Day, of Bell Real Estate. “That, and the views of Warburton and the Dandenongs that you just can’t get anywhere else.”
“It’s one of the few suburbs in the area where you can buy land of 100 acres,” says Day.

“A lot of locals work within 30-40 mins of Gembrook, whether it’s in the Pakenham/Berwick direction or the Emerald/Burwood Highway direction. Gembrook is well connected.” Gordon says.

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It’s no surprise people are looking elsewhere to settle down as property prices in Melbourne continue to surge in 2017 unlike Perth which is currently experiencing a real slump in the property market.

Perth’s Housing Slump’s A Lesson For Sydney and Melbourne’

Unlike the Sydney and Melbourne property surge, house prices in Perth have plummeted, while unemployment and the cost of living have increased, catching out owners and investors.

‘Perth is on its knees’

Homes at the top end and on the urban fringe are the worst affected by falling prices.

Perth property valuer Gavin Hegney said the situation was the “reverse” of what was happening on the east coast, and lessons should be learned.

“Western Australia was infallible in 2006 and 2007, we were really booming,” he said.

“We had a second kick along in 2012, and at that stage the Sydney and Melbourne markets were pretty well on their knees.

“Today Perth is on its knees.

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If you’ve been caught in the middle of the property boom in Melbourne and you’re looking to upgrade your property but don’t have a large enough budget to move up another rung in the property ladder, you can always choose to extend the footprint of your property and utilise existing space in a creative way while extending outwards using clever and affordable designs to help you achieve the additional space you crave.

If you’d like to find out more about how we can help, give us a call for a free estimate today on 1300 724 118. We have over 2 decades of experience building house extensions in Melbourne and will be able to help navigate all the tricky building regulations for you.

 

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Carports come in all different shapes and sizes and here at Custom Outdoor Living, we’ve been able to provide our customers with a wide range of different styles. Common to all of these approaches though is to ensure the design complements the style of the property. You can have a look at some of our carport designs here.

A single width structure is very popular, particularly with those who have limited space on their property. It’s a perfect fit for limited space, while at the same time providing the shelter your vehicle needs to protect it from the elements. We’ve seen all manner of styles ranging from a small budget installation to a more modern and sleek look and feel.

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Below is a very interesting concept utilising the space available combing the need to shelter a single vehicle and a play area for the children.

Designer Visit: A Carport Makes a Difference

In the case of this remodel, a family of four with two young children asked King to create an entire outdoor living space out of a parking space sandwiched between two neighbouring houses. King’s ingenious solution was to build a carport structure which does three things: encloses the outdoor space for the children to play safely, preserves the parking space, and provides a rooftop for an outdoor terrace.

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We realise it can be quite a difficult step to know where to start. You might be at the stage where you’ve made the decision to build some form of protective structure for your car, but not sure whether a garage or carport is the best option.

Because we specialise in timber framed carports, we’d be a little biased in saying it’s a great choice to make, but we realise there may be certain factors preventing you from moving forward with that decision. Maybe you’re not too sure about the aesthetic quality of this particular structure. The fact is, they can be made to look very pleasing on the eye. If you’re stuck for ideas, you might be inspired by some of the following concepts.

Modern Carports

Though it’s sometimes looked down upon as a dowdy counterpart to its enclosed cousin, the garage, the carport is a functional and—as these examples from Dwell’s archives suggest—often elegant touch that complements a modern house.

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If you’d like some further advice on how to utilise the available space of your property to protect your car, give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to recommend a plan of action. We have over 2 decades of experience and have dealt with many difficult and demanding environments.

You can call us directly on 1300 724 118 for further information.