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.

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 visitvictoria.com 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.

Tips On Designing And Building Your Perfect Pergola

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Are you thinking of building a pergola in your garden but struggling to decide on the best place to put it? Picking the perfect location can be a challenge, especially if you have a larger garden and a number of options available! As one of the leading pergola builders, we have a lot of experience in this area.

A perfectly placed pergola can add style and interest to your garden, as well as providing you with a practical outdoor living space. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you find the perfect spot.

The Perfect Place For Your Pergola

When it comes to decorating outside, especially your backyard, spatial awareness is incredibly important. If you are putting together your space or redoing the set up, properly picking out where everything goes is not only important for form and style, but function and practicality as well.

A typical pergola design

One of the most versatile and unique features to add to a backyard these days is a pergola. These structures add instant aesthetic appeal to any space, while providing you with valuable use as well. Unfortunately, picking out the perfect place for this item can be challenging. If you are struggling to decide where to place your pergola, here are a few helpful tips and tricks to follow.

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You can start to enjoy your pergola as soon as you have finished building it. But what about going that extra mile and giving it the ‘wow’ factor?

With a bit of extra care and attention you can turn the basic structure into a comfortable and inviting outdoor living area you can be proud of, where you will look forward to entertaining guests or relaxing at the end of a hard day.

Here are a few tips for adding style and character to your pergola.

10 Ways To Decorate Your Pergola

Decorate your pergola

We’re beginning to feel it in the air and see it on the trees. Summer is coming. The time of being outdoors. When we spend our Saturday mornings weeding the garden and mowing the lawn before the sun gets too hot and then host parties on the patio once the stones cool off. At least those of us lucky enough to own a patio are hosting parties.

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If you’d rather have one of the leading pergola builders in Melbourne do all the work for you, we’d be more than happy to help. With well over 20 years of experience building pergolas in Melbourne and the surrounding area, we’ve managed to provide an outstanding service for all of our happy customers.

So contact us today to find out how we can help you create your perfect outdoor space. You can call us on 1300 724 118.

How to Prepare For a Successful Home Extension Project

The piece How to Prepare For a Successful Home Extension Project was first discovered on Custom Outdoor Living (Melbourne)

Ever feel like things have become a bit cramped? Could you do with a bit of extra room for a bigger kitchen, a play room or even an office? Over the years we all accumulate belongings -and even people! And our once-perfect home has become a bit of a squeeze!

There are many reasons why people decide to extend their property with a home extension (see more here). Not only does it help to create that much needed extra space, but it can also add value to your home.

Here are 5 reasons you might decide to choose to extend your home:

5 Reasons to Build A House Extension

House extension to suit your lifestyle

Extending your property means you can remodel your house to better reflect your lifestyle and suit your needs. House extensions are not only practical, they are inspirational – with simple changes bringing about astonishing results. You can collaborate your ideas with your architect or designers meaning you are in control of the design process from start to finish.

Adding value to your property

One of the main reasons home owners decide to extend is to add value to their property. In today’s property market – many cannot afford to move house or shy away from the stress of both selling and buying a new house simultaneously. If you are happy with your location and just need a bit of extra space – extending your house is the perfect answer. It also means that when you do come to selling your property, you will make back your investment and then some.

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A house extension certainly has it’s advantages over deciding to move house as it requires far less upheaval. But where do you begin? After all, a home extension is a major project and requires plenty of careful consideration before you even pick up your tools.

If you’re thinking of extending your home but don’t know where to start, here are a few helpful tips to ensure you are well prepared for your new project!

How to plan and design an extension

building blueprint

BE AREA AWARE Before you plan that extravagant extension or costly conversion, it’s crucial to talk to a local estate agent to find out what renovations are popular in your area. Every street has a ceiling value so don’t over develop if you want to see a good return on your investment.

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Getting planning permission can be tricky and requires a lot of local knowledge to increase your chances of being able to start building. It’s something we have plenty of experience with, so if you’d like to find out how we can help you navigate around all the pitfalls, please do contact us on 1300 724 118.

We are more than happy to discuss your home extension project in more detail. I’m sure we can help. With over 20 years of experience, we’ve managed to gather a lot of experience in this field.