Reinvigorate Your House With A Stunning Sunroom Extension

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Do you ever look at a part of your house and realise that far more could be done with that dead space? Or maybe you just think there’s a particular part of your house that looks weathered and tired?

Well, you’ll be pleased to know it doesn’t take all that much to bring about a transformation that will inject some vigour back into your property.

If you’ve never considered a home extension, then consider one now. Sunrooms are a fantastic option that will help draw the light into your house while at the same time opening up your living room to your outdoor space.

Mt Eliza sunroom with gorgeous staircase

Each property is different which means the extension needs to be tailor made to fit the look and feel of your existing structure. The positioning of the sunroom will also determine its layout.

So it may come as no surprise to realise there are many types of sunrooms you could choose from. You can always look towards other existing designs to help clarify the available options and find out more about the types of home extensions.

Use that as a starting point and when you’re ready, give your local custom home builder a call and ask for their input and advice to help move onto the next step.

You may find the following extract useful.

Types of Sunrooms

A sunroom is an enclosed energy efficient space connected to the exterior of a home that is designed to provide the effect of bringing the outdoors to the inside by admitting natural sunlight and allowing uninterrupted views of the exterior landscape. The glass walls are supported by variety of methods using an assortment of different materials to provide a pleasing enhancement to your home. The roof of a sunroom can be either translucent (light emitting) or opaque (solid).

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Investing in a new extension such as a sunroom not only helps to change the layout of your house and help to re-energise it, but it can also increase the value of your home.

Oakleigh Melbourne sunroom extension - open deck

Other important factors you should consider is the energy efficiency of a sun room. Given that much of the structure is built from glass, it’s wise to ensure you don’t end up racking up your heating bill during winter trying to compensate for the loss of heat.

Energy Efficient Sunrooms

To be energy efficient, sunrooms should be constructed with special glass, proper windows, good framing and insulation. Without these elements, overheating and freezing will be inevitable, resulting in wasted energy and high energy bills. Be wary of low sunroom prices. Quality materials are more expensive, but cheap prices will only amount to low a quality, inefficient sunroom with associated problems.

Sunroom Insulation

Proper insulation of the sunroom is also critically important to avoid extremely hot and cold temperatures, which can have a significant impact on the rest of your house. An experienced contractor will be able to determine type, quality and amounts of insulation needed for you particular sunroom.

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Custom Outdoor Living have over two decades building extensions in Melbourne and we know you have to be careful who you choose to work on your project. There are plenty of cowboys out there, so always be sure that your local builder has the necessary qualifications and is a member of any relevant associations such as the HIA.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to give us a call on 1300 724 118. We’ve helped many others with our cutting edge designs and installations.

Upgrade Your Heritage Property With An Extension

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Melbourne has a very rich history which can be seen by the variety of historical buildings and monuments dotted around the city. We are lucky to also be able to boast National Trust homes and museums with great historical significance, not to mention the variety of gardens and parks too.

You can find out more about Melbourne’s rich history on the website, some of which has been included here.

Houses and Homesteads

Melbourne is home to a number of outstanding and architecturally significant National Trust homes and museums, as well as historically significant parks and gardens. Among the best are the lavish French Renaissance-inspired Como house, a colonial mansion set in five acres of garden at Toorak, and Rippon Lea Estate, the last of Australia’s great privately owned nineteenth century suburban estates.

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We are lucky to have many heritage houses, but over time as tastes change and families grow in size, you may want to design an addition to your home. Extending such a building requires careful planning and you must get permission from the local authority before taking on such a project.

Here’s some further helpful information on the matter.

Before starting a renovation or restoration of a heritage property do your homework to avoid costly mistakes.

Heritage home in Melbourne, Australia

Your property could be considered significant from a local, state or even national perspective and that can have a big effect on how little or how much you can change.

Knocking down walls or even changing the colour scheme may not be possible in some cases.

Some houses come with constraints because of their architecture or streetscape significance, others for reasons such as being the first house in a suburb or because someone famous once lived there.

A spokesman for the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage says restoring and revitalising heritage properties helps enormously to conserve and protect them for future generations.

“But prior to planning the development of a heritage item, owners should consult with the relevant approval bodies to find out which rules and regulations apply,” he says.

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Once everything is in place and you’ve been given the go-ahead, the best thing to do is to consult with a local building contractor who specialises in designing and installing extensions.

Here’s a great example of what can be accomplished with a an extension added onto the back of a Heritage home.

The limestone and brick quoin house, dating back to 1901, was also partially restored.


There’s a casual living room, filled with natural light.


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Many people may not bother investing in a heritage property because of the strict rules and regulations, but hopefully this has inspired those of you who live in one to realise the possibilities.

Customer Outdoor living have over 20 years of experience in designing and installing home extensions including sunrooms. So if you have any questions at all about how to extend your property, give us a call on 1300 724 118.

Simply fill in the quotation form on the right hand side or use our contact page and we’ll get back to you soon as we can.