Backyard Brilliance

Birthday parties, dinner parties and BBQs – your backyard is not only an extension of your home but it is an extension of you.

Right now you probably mow your lawn, rake leaves and trim the shrubs. You rarely invite anyone over and when you do you feel less than mediocre. Make your backyard more than just that; make it an oasis!

Whether it’s spacious or quaint, you can always make it inviting. In fact, you can find a range of design ideas that will help to transform your outdoor space here.

Renovating your backyard will not only impress your friends and family, but it will add value to your home and give you many more options when it comes to entertaining.

DIY’s Home Design Ideas explores the many options for creating a comfortable, homey oasis with the space you have.

Small Yard Landscaping

Browsing the best small yard landscaping ideas designs & pictures for 2016 is a great place to begin when planning a new outdoor space. Pictures of small backyard makeovers found in our new online galleries provide great inspiration of how to create your own outside oasis no matter what the property size, climate or budget may be.

Small outdoor living spaces can incorporate all of the same popular contemporary styles, features and luxuries of big backyard landscaping, but simply modified to be more appropriate for smaller properties. Regardless of size limitations or budget, your favorite small yard landscaping ideas and outdoor décor styles can be implemented in any size space to enhance exterior living areas and give your family and friends. Read More…

Lushome highlights ideas for accenting your backyard space in simple ways. A complete overhaul isn’t necessary to make your backyard a home away from home. No excavators or wrecking balls are required!

22 Beautiful Garden Design Ideas, Wooden Pergolas and Gazebos Improving Backyard Designs

Garden design with a pergola or gazebo is more functional, beautiful and comfortable. Creative and attractive pergolas and gazebos have many advantages. Traditional pergolas, gazebos and contemporary sun shelters come in numerous design styles, materials and sizes. These functional backyard designs add striking accents to yard landscaping and beautify gardens.

Sun shelters, pergolas, gazebos, awnings, canopies and other light sun shades bring refreshing coolness and comfort into backyard designs. These functional elements can be used as yard decorations also, adding interest, color and texture to yard landscaping. Pergola and gazebo designs are particularly effective and attractive with inviting patios, garden paths, open decks and terraces. Read more…

Your home can be personalized with warm paint colours, eclectic furniture and rare paintings. Your backyard can be just as unique. The possibilities are infinite. If you have two left feet in the areas of design and decorating, Martha Stewart will you guide you in the right direction.

Great Outdoor Spaces

Great use of a pergola for outdoor space
Whether your goal is to lounge, entertain, dine, or simply escape—we have ideas to create your ideal outdoor space. Personalize your patio, porch, or other alfresco room to suit your seasonal pursuits.

This traditional patio, just the place for afternoon tea, is furnished with Chinese Chippendale garden benches; their fretwork echoes the herringbone pattern in the reclaimed brick. A sleek table is unabashedly modern, although its white finish fits with the motif. Tall and graphic lavender-blue lilies of the Nile are gathered in striking cast-iron urns. The oversize flower arrangements form the perimeter of the patio. Beyond them, a screen of evergreen trees offers year-round privacy. Read more…

Your backyard doesn’t have to be dead space. It’s more than just lawn maintenance, planting pansies and watering the flower beds. Find its worth and create the space your home deserves to be attached to.

Gather inspiration and let your guests see your brilliance through your backyard design.

We have over 20 years of building experience. Call us today and let us design and build your outdoor living space and make your dream a reality.



The following info Backyard Brilliance was originally available on the main Custom Outdoor Living website

Alfresco Designs – A Breath Of Fresh Air

Alfresco: in the open air. Sounds calming, right? It is!

There are many types and benefits of alfresco designs. They are often so innovative which makes them great conversation starters and make a great addition to your home. Your open-air concept will have your guests complimenting you all night! And you’re guaranteed to get Instagram credit for it too!

Here we will discuss a few of the most popular alfresco designs. Gardens, sunrooms and kitchens are some of the most sought-after. Each one is intended to emit beauty, provide a stunning entertaining space and allow for that zen experience we all crave.

Choosing the right design is very personal and really depends on what you are looking to achieve with your new space. Explore the following options and try to visualize what space would best suit you.

1. Gardens

Gardens are notoriously nostalgic and airy. Each one of your six senses will be heightened, stimulated and curious for more. A garden is appreciated by everyone, young and old.

House to Home beautifully captures 39 alfresco designs in their article, Small Garden Design Ideas – 39 of the Best.

Small Garden Design Ideas – 39 Of The Best


When it comes to gardens, limited space needn’t be a cap to originality and comfort. While small gardens, terraces, decking and patios undoubtedly come with their own set of design challenges, even the most economical of plots can be reworked into impactual and elegant outdoor havens. Think small but perfectly formed.

Whether you’re looking to transform an inauspicious roof space into a stylish urban garden, create the ideal alfresco dining area complete with dramatic lighting or go all out with quirky features and accessories, we’ve selected a variety of our favourite design ideas to inspire. Read more…

2. Sunrooms

Whether you choose to incorporate a a full seating space, fireplace or other “typically indoor” set-up, the ambiance will compliment any design. A sunroom can be intimate and cozy, or stylish and party-friendly.

Houzz’s writer Cathy Lara shares some of the most beautiful sunrooms in her article.

Sunrooms Shine In Different Ways

Does the moody winter weather have you dreaming about sunrooms? The sunroom (sunporch, solarium, conservatory) has as many functional purposes as it does styles. As we prepare for more daylight hours, let’s take a look at a few sunrooms — it might just be the thing to put us all in a sunnier mood.

How do you enjoy a sunroom in the middle of a Connecticut winter? Quite easily — with the help of heat and insulation, says James Crisp of Crisp Architects. “Well-insulated windows, floors and ceilings can help make up for the large percentage of glass. Radiant floor heat and even conventional heat keep it warm inside, making it perfect for walking around in stockinged feet,” says Crisp. Read more…

3. Outdoor Kitchens

Another impressive alfresco design is the outdoor kitchen. How very Hollywood elite!

An outdoor kitchen can be as simple as a modest seating area and a BBQ or as complex and sophisticated as a full kitchen and a full dining and entertaining space.

Take the cooking outside and enjoy some sold beverages with your guests while you prepare dinner in the summer son.

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas Let You Enjoy Your Spare Time


An outdoor kitchen is a pleasant place where you can gather your family and friends together and enjoy the fun of outdoor cooking. In addition to enhance “delicious” outdoor experience, it upgrades the value of backyard or garden. Based on your personal preferable tastes, outdoor kitchen can be modern or rustic. Your choice! Read more…

Whatever type of space you choose, your mind and body will thank you. Whether you like to read in peace, enjoy a hot drink under the stars or just spend quality time with family, an alfresco design is a sure-fire way to achieve solitude.

We all need to recharge and relax and you don’t need to leave the country to give yourself a break. The break you need is right in your own backyard!

Call us today on 1300 724 118 to find out how we can help you live that alfresco lifestyle.


The following short article Alfresco Designs – A Breath Of Fresh Air can be found on the main Custom Outdoor Living website

Garages Are Old News. Drive Into The 21st Century With a State-of-the-Art Carport

Take a moment and get off the sofa. Open the door to your garage. What do you see? If there is a vehicle in your garage, chances are it’s surrounded by storage bins, tools, bicycles, and every gadget you haven’t touched in years.

Notwithstanding the dust that lightly (or not so lightly) coats every square inch of this space, the garage remains an eye-sore and another item on your to-do list. The months become years and you merely accept the embarrassing state of your garage and ignore its existence.

You purchased a home in which the square footage included that of the garage, a dud in terms of practicality. Why do you have a garage? Assuming the answer to that questions doesn’t come rushing into your consciousness, there is a solution.

InsideHook gives us a preview into the future of carports (some examples) and their architectural and modernistic appeal.

These Carports? Bond Level

Forget your garage. Carports are where it’s at.

Protecting your whip from the elements is key. But whereas garages become catch-alls for tools, broken appliances and that weight-lifting bench you’ve yet to press, the open-air carport adds an elegant, all-weather James Bond-ian flourish to any property. Read more…

The endless piling up of junk in your garage is likely overflow from your house and your lack of, or overuse of, storage inside your home.

If you aren’t sick of your belongings closing in on you, that day will come. You will decide to move, to build, or to renovate. With any of those options comes decisions.

Carports are important to consider. You can look for a home with a carport, include a carport in your building plan, or tear down that garage and replace it with the future of vehicle protection.

In order to give carports proper consideration you must know the benefits of carports.

As outlined by Kevin Horne, carports are not only cost effective, but they provide flexibility in design and location, a variety of uses including storage of larger  vehicles, and sheltered entertainment, while enjoying the benefits of an outdoor event.

Benefits of a Carport

Carports offer a whole host of benefits to home owners, not only will a carport create a safe, covered area for you to park your car it will also add extra value to your home.

I have listed below the main benefits of having a carport to help you choose whether you would get enough use out of a carport to justify buying one. Read more…

Don’t be like your neighbours. Go against the grain. Change it up and be a trendsetter. A carport can be exactly what you want it to be.

We have over two decades of experience building carports for many happy Melbourne residents. Call us today to find out how we can help.

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Add a Dash of Magic to Your Home With a High-End Sunroom Or Home Extension

Your day consists of a strict routine. You wake up, get dressed, and quickly drink a cup of coffee before you rush out the door. After a long day, you come home, make dinner, watch some TV, and go to bed. And then you do it all over again.

But how different would it be if you could imagine sipping your morning coffee surrounded by the sounds and scents of nature. Imagine reminiscing about your peaceful morning as you make your way through the day.

Finally, imagine your return home after that long day, and then picture enjoying a late dinner and glass of wine as the sun sets and the stars begin to fill the night sky.

Everyone deserves a little piece of heaven and a home extension such as a sunroom (here are some great examples) will surely provide that.

Todd Warren, Owner of Otter Creek Awnings & Sunrooms in Vermont, writes about the beautiful benefits of sunrooms.

The Benefits of Adding a Sunroom to Your Home

Couple enjoying their new sunroom

Sunrooms are a home improvement value in so many ways. First, you are enhancing your living area by creating a private “get-away” spot right at home, where you will find yourself spending hour after hour relaxing and enjoying the natural light.

In addition, a sunroom increases the square footage of your house. And, who doesn’t need more room? Read full post…

Once you decide that you need a sunroom in your life, the caged design guru in you will be released. The design and furnishing options are endless. A sunroom gives you a wonderful opportunity to create the perfect sanctuary for your soul.

Sherry Nothingam temps us with an infinite array of design options as she shares her love of sunrooms.

50 Bright and Beautiful Sunrooms

Sunrooms come in handy in more ways than just one. They expand the available living space, give your home a more relaxed, breezy appeal and definitely give the interior a cheerful ambiance.

If you are planning to add a sunroom to your home, these awesome spaces will indeed help you in making a more informed and inspired choice. Read full post…

Whether you are looking for a private oasis or an excuse to exercise you creative muscles, you deserve the gift of a sunroom. There are so many reasons to have a sunroom and so many design choices. Spoil your every day and light up your life with a sunroom.

Contact us today to find out how we can help you build your very own home extension.

Image Credit: Houzz



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