An Attractive Opportunity On The Outskirts Of Melbourne

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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.

Be Inspired – Give Your Car The Protection It Needs

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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.

Effective Hacks To Help Expand Your Living Space

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There comes a time when you might consider requiring a little extra space. It could be that you want to expand the general size of your property or something more specific, such as building a study, playroom, or even extending the lounge area or adding an entertainment space.

One of the best ways to accomplish this is to add an extension to your house, typically at the rear of the property. It’s a very effective and affordable way to generate the space you desire. There are other alternatives if you choose not to pursue this path which can help provide a feeling of opening up your property without having to pull down any walls.

There are many ways in which you can add space to your home. For example you can reorganise furniture and have a clear out, or reconsider storage options. Here are some creative space saving hacks for your home.

25 Creative Space Saving Hacks for Your Home

When your space is limited, you feel it. Sometimes you have to sacrifice design you want for design you need—function before form. However, with these 25 space saving hacks we found on Pinterest, you won’t have to compromise, and you may even have a little space leftover!

1. Fix False Front Doors

You can optimize the false doors on cabinetry. While you won’t be able to install a full-sized drawer, you can attach a hinge to the panel for a small space perfect for storing sponges, toothbrushes and makeup. The false doors below cabinets can be transformed into pull-out drawers as well.

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Some of the things you can do to add the perception of additional space doesn’t require a particularly large budget and it’s always a route you can go down. There are other tactics that you can employ which effectively provide the illusion of extra space. Here are some interesting methods that will help ‘extend’ your living space.

8 Sneaky Ways to Create the Illusion of More Space

There are plenty of ways to “open up” your living spaces by fooling the eye to make others (and yourself!) think that your home is much, much larger than it actually is. It doesn’t always require tearing down walls or major renovations (although sometimes those help too)! Check out this bag of tricks at your disposal, and see if any work for you.

Choose Monochromatic Colours

Monochromatic schemes are more peaceful as a rule, as the eye can move easily around the room without abrupt interruption by other colours. Use different colour values add depth and interest to the space.

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If the above pointers aren’t enough of a solution, then the next best choice is to consider physically extending the size of your property. Here at Custom Outdoor Living, we specialise in ground floor extensions which can help keep overall costs down when compared to a double storey extension. It’s a very popular choice with many home owners here in Melbourne and a very effective way of achieving that desired space. It can really help to open up your home to the outdoor light and help you connect with your outdoor space.

A good builder will be able to supply designs that are tailored to the size of your budget.

You can find out more about how Custom Outdoor Living can help you build a home extension by clicking here.