How to Prepare For a Successful Home Extension Project

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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

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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.

Roofing Options For Your Pergola

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No matter how much we love the sunshine, we all need a little shade sometimes! If you love spending time in the garden relaxing or reading a book, then a pergola can be a cost effective way of making your garden look more stylish whilst providing that much needed protection from the sun.

Pergolas: Made In The Shade

roofing options for pergolas

You may not have lived through the Italian Renaissance, but if you want to stay cool this summer, you could implement one of their key design elements. The pergola is a gorgeous but inexpensive design element that makes your outdoor patio more stylish while providing protection from the sun. Here are some suggestions for selecting the right pergola to enjoy some relief from the sun.

What’s a pergola?

At its core, a pergola is a garden or park archway, sometimes including some kind of lattice framework and some kind of flowers entwined. During the summer, pergolas can incorporate stylish drapes to provide some shade from the harsh elements. They’re particularly useful if you have part of an outdoor patio that has no other blockage from the sun. Read full article

If you’re thinking a pergola may be for you, you will need to consider a number of things including which roofing option is most appropriate.

For example, you need to think about what you will use the pergola for. What types of weather will it have to face? Do you have a budget it mind? And are you looking to build it yourself or hire a professional? All of these things will influence the overall design of your pergola.

Here are a few factors to take into consideration:

Your Pergola Roof Options


With virtually unlimited options to choose from, how do you choose the pergola roof that will be right for you? If you’re building a pergola for largely aesthetic reasons, your choice will be a relatively easy one: choose the roofing material (or lack of roofing material) that appeals to you and give your pergola the look you want. Don’t overlook practical considerations, though. Before you decide, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do you want a fair weather pergola only?
  • Do you want a living space, a barbecue area or a quiet nook in your garden for relaxation or meditation?
  • Do you want a pergola designed primarily as an accent to your garden?
  • Do you want to house a spa in your pergola?

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Contact us today by calling 1300 724 118 to find out how we can assist you in developing a custom-designed pergola for your garden and enable you to spend more time relaxing outdoors!

Extend Your Property With A Stunning Home Extension

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As one of the leading custom home builders in Melbourne, there are many factors that come into play when approaching a new extension for your property. But we realise that one of the most important aspects our customers consider, is the overall look and feel of the extension. Factors such as size, shape, colour are all important considerations.

There are many different home extension designs out there and sometimes it helps to look to other examples to help inspire and shape the design we want. Here are some beautiful extension designs for you to have a look at:

10 Innovative Ideas for Beautiful Home Extensions

Home extensions are always interesting to see, especially brilliant projects that manage to create gorgeous new spaces and experiences for an ageing house. Recognising this fact, independent forum New London Architecture, in collaboration with furniture company Heal’s, design publication Dezeen and the Royal Institute of British Architects, are celebrating the best new extensions in London in the sixth annual “Don’t Move, Improve!” competition. A shortlist of 33 finalists was just announced today, and with it comes a trove of ideas for future renovations. Take a look at 10 standout projects.

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The most typical approach to increasing the size of your property, is to extend out the back of the property.

We specialise in single storey extensions, which means that if you’re looking to extend your living space area, then we can certainly help. Building an extension at the rear can help to improve the value of your house as well provide a wonderful space to open up your property to your outdoor space.

You can see some great examples of rear extensions here:

6 fabulous rear home extensions

Rear extensions are one of the most popular types of home additions, and today we are going to look at six brilliant examples that have redefined the way we consider our homes. Fusing contemporary convenience with traditional architecture, the occupants of these homes have created new and brilliant spaces full of potential and purpose.

In keeping with tradition

This wonderful rear addition has beautifully combined tradition and heritage with modern amenities and conveniences. This stunning extension blends the existing structure with a new add-on seamlessly. Inclusive in this design is a new living area for the family, a dining space, contemporary kitchen, and landscaped outdoor patio.

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If you’d like any further help or advice, please contact us. You can also submit a request for a no obligation, quotation.

Alternatively, please call us on 1300 724 118.

Top Tips For Building Your Own Pergola

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Do you dream of having that outdoor space where you can relax during your free time? A place where you can bring your guests outdoors to enjoy fresh air while you entertain them?

Building a pergola could be the answer. Not only can it add character to your back yard, but can also provide much needed shade from the sun during the summer months. Have a look at some of the stunning pergolas we have built by clicking here.

Here are some useful things to consider before you get started.

What You Need to Know Before Building A Pergola

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Materials to Build a Pergola

Pergolas can be made of either wood, stone, or a combination of the two. Popular pergola structures of today feature wooden materials, as they are much more affordable to construct. Weather-resistant wood will be important, since this type of garden feature will most certainly be exposed to some harsh elements of weather. Western red cedar is a fantastic choice when choosing wood for your project. This type of wood is easy to use, easy to maintain, looks beautiful, is extremely durable, and even gives off a pleasant aroma. You’ll find that today’s most top rated pergola kits will feature western red cedar.

My personal preference is to build a cedar pergola, but you may choose to construct an aluminum pergola, vinyl pergola, or an iron or metal pergola. Again this will be determined by how you want to incorporate the structure into your own garden, focusing on each particular garden and pergola style. Read full article

Fancy going down the DIY route? Building your own pergola can be a fun and interesting project. Here are some tips and hints for building your own beautiful pergola.

Tips On How To Build Your Own Pergola

Beautiful pergola

Here’s a structure that won’t provide shelter from wind or rain, and is only marginally better when it comes to the midday sun. So, why build it? Because in the absence of walls and a roof, it defines an outdoor space without constraining it. It’s a unique architectural blend that places you both inside and out at the same time. The structure is called a pergola, and it’s just the thing to bring backyard landscaping to life. Pergolas were common features of Italian Renaissance gardens, often covering walkways or serving as grape arbors. Read more

We have over 20 years of experience building a wide range of pergolas in Melbourne for many happy customers. If you would like us to provide you a free, no obligation quote, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

Call us on 1300 724 118 to see how we can help you create your ideal outside living space.

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.



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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.


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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.

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Looking To Extend Your Home?

If you find yourself in a position where your home is just no longer big enough to accommodate your lifestyle, it might be time to consider a house extension.

If you live in the Melbourne area, Custom Outdoor Living is here to help. With twenty years of experience, Custom Outdoor Living can fulfil all your house extension needs, from planning, designing, and building a beautiful and functional addition to your home.

Browse our gallery of recent home extensions here:

There are a lot of different reasons you might decide on a house extension. Whether it’s an extra bedroom for a growing family, a room for entertaining guests, an art studio or workshop, or just the desire for a sunroom, Custom Outdoor Living is the leading business in house extensions in Melbourne.

Newport Home Extension - Chair And FootstoolWith a quick phone call you can set up an at-home meeting for one of our team members to come by and assess your house and discuss your requirements.

From there we can help you plan and design what you want your extension to look like based on what you need and the limitations of your property.

With those parameters in place, you can choose to do anything. Add a wall of windows, a sliding door, a brick accent wall -whatever you like! At Custom Outdoor Living we want you to be happy with your extension.

If you’re building a house extension to use as a recreational room you could fill it with all sorts of things, such as an entertainment system, an air hockey table, a pool table, and more. An art studio could be designed with large windows to let in light and a large work table for laying out tools and supplies.

Home extension sunroom design in Epping Melbourne -- front left viewYou could even have another bathroom added along with a new bedroom, giving the room’s occupant an extra air of privacy.

After the extension is built you can then decide on the fun stuff: wall colours, furniture, art, and anything else you might want. Perhaps a new television for that rec room, or a bar set up for entertaining guests. The possibilities are endless.

At Custom Outdoor Living, we want to give you the best building experience possible. We work with you to design the perfect house extension and try to make sure the building process goes quickly and with minimal disturbance to your daily life.

Once the extension is done there are so many decorating and design options out there, but they all start with our quality work.

If you’re in the Melbourne area and find yourself in need of more space at home, give us a call and we’ll see what we can do to help.

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Two storey home extension

Helpful Tips And Advice On Home Extensions

Many of us at some time or the other choose to go ahead and extend the size of our property by building a home extension. You may have reached this decision after considering alternative methods of increasing living space, such as having a good old tidy up, or even taking the easy step of rearranging your furniture. There are other interior decorating tricks that can also create the illusion of additional space.

Once you’ve made the decision to extend your house you will suddenly become aware that there are many decisions you have to make. Questions such as which room would I like to extend? Am I looking to extend my living room space, study space, or even pull down a wall and convert two small rooms into one big room?

If you are stuck at the first stage and wondering about what type of extension you would like to have built, here are some tips that should help you along your way.

What type of extension?

You may find that the decision to extend your home out or up is not yours to make freely, either due to council restriction or a lack of room on your property.

Generally the cost of building an upward extension is more expensive that extending out. So if you are budgeting for further additions such as kitchen renovations or a pool and have plenty of room on your property, you may err on the side of the less costly option.

Try to stay unemotional in this decision. For example, if your justification behind wanting to extend up instead of out is based on the fact that you don’t want to build over your precious DIY paving, then the reasoning of a professional may provide more sensible unbiased advice.

Besides providing more living and storage space, an upper storey extension can help to bring more light into the property. It will also save your existing garden.


I think the greatest piece of advice here, is that if you are on a tight budget, it is far more expensive to build upwards than it is to extend outwards.

Once you’ve made the decision as to which room you would like to extend, regardless of whether it’s a completely new room or extending the size of an existing room, you will have to consider your building options.

Do you decide to break out your toolbox and do it yourself, or do you get onto good old trusty Google and search for local custom homebuilders in your area? There are pros and cons to both options. Personally, as I have absolutely no DIY experience, I would be the first person to get professional builders involved.

Custom Outdoor Living is an example of a custom home builder based in Melbourne who specialise in building home extensions in Melbourne for over 20 years. This is to say that whoever you choose to build your extension, you must first carry out enough research that convinces you they are a reliable and reputable company.

You can do this by checking their websites and the associations they are members of, as well as any testimonials you find on their site.

If you happen to be a person with a lot of DIY experience, or simply relish the challenge, then here are some tips regarding building a house extension.

So hopefully that has given you enough of a kick to get you inspired and get the ball rolling! If you enjoy challenges, then extending the size of your property is definitely one you can get your teeth into!