Stamping Your Personality On Your Carport Design

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It’s said beauty is in the eye of the beholder and what some might find to be a work of art, others might disagree. That’s why it’s important to understand that every person has their own idea of what constitutes a beautiful design. Everyone is different.

It’s therefore no surprise to recognise there is are a wide range of differing designs. It’s important to recognise personal tastes and that’s why we always take time to get to know our customers. We are always able to provide advice based on our 20 years of experience, but we also pay close attention to the desires of our customers.

Here’s a great example of someone stamping their own personality on their carport.

A Handpainted Louis Vuitton Designer Carport

I spotted this hand-painted carport done up in the Louis Vuitton pattern in the Arcadia neighborhood of Phoenix, Arizona. Looks legit.

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And just when you thought they could only be used for one purpose, along comes a truly creative idea.

Carport overhang turned into a stunning projection screen

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Now we realise this may not be to everyone’s taste, but thinking outside the box can bring about some truly creative ideas. You have a blank canvas upon which to start and we love working alongside our customers to bring about a truly inspiring design.

Every property is different. Some are contemporary, modern, heritage and so on. This is why it’s vital to take the history and aesthetic qualities of a building into consideration when designing a carport that will truly complement the characteristics of the surrounding property.

You can utilise different materials and typically, either metal or timber is used where each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Here at Custom Outdoor Living, we specialise in timber because of its many benefits including, strength, flexibility for design purposes, and affordability.

If you have any questions about the overall process of designing and building a carport, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can call us up on 1300 724 118. All our estimates are free.


Carports Of The Future?

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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

i8 BMW

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.

Car port in Cheltenham

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.

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.

Hampton 2

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.

Home Extension Ideas For Your Melbourne Property

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Creative living is all about thinking outside the box. It’s about looking at your property and considering ways in which you can improve the look and layout of your house to develop it into something more in line with your lifestyle values.

One way of approaching this is to look at your house as a collection of areas or zones, where each zone can be utilised for a different purpose. The great this is that you’re not just limited to the interior. In fact you can have just as much fun designing your dream outdoor space as well.

But how do you start I hear you ask?

Well a great place to look for inspiration is online. Many interior designers, architects and outdoor living experts are more than happy to share their designs and concepts on sites such as Pinterest and other social media outlets.

In fact you can have a look at some of our very own home extension designs here for your Melbourne property.

You can create your very own Pinterest board and collect some inspiring ideas to kickstart the creative process. Below is an example.

We’re all about relaxed living and creating different areas to hang out in. Just like inside your home, you can design zones outside – somewhere to dine, somewhere to play, a quiet place to just chill. Do you love gardening, swimming, entertaining, cooking alfresco, sitting around the fire, do you want a giant moat with swans in it (that one is my 13 year old daughter’s) – this is your dream, so go for it!

Outdoor dining space

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Here at Custom Outdoor Living, we specialise in single storey home extensions and over the many years of service we have provided our Melbourne residents, we’ve come to appreciate the importance of listening to customers first.

Building a home extension can be a tricky business having to navigate the local building plans and not forgetting managing a project which sometimes can be fairly complex. So it’s worth considering letting an experienced custom home builder take on all the stress of the work.

Here is an example of a wonderful ground floor extension built to the back of a house in London which takes advantage of its rear garden by providing large sliding glass doors which retract into the adjoining walls. This is a great feature we have used ourselves for many of our own extensions.

This addition connects the main building with the garden and features sliding glass doors which retract into brick walls: “Even though we wanted the new extension to really feel contemporary in kind and use, we also wanted to use a material that would hyperlink this new aspect back to the history of the current building and area as a complete. If done properly, brickwork adds movement and texture, and will stand the test of time”, ” stated Tigg Coll.

Rear garden home extension with glass sliding doors

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We hope that’s managed to at least get the creative juices flowing.

If you’d like any further advice or guidance on how to transform your property with a brand-new extension for your Melbourne property, give us a call on 1300 724 118.

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.