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Totally Outdoors’ passion to be quality Builders is our primary goal along with meeting our varied customers needs and requirements.

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Totally Outdoors can provide experienced and reliable building services and products for a range of community based projects. These projects could include shelters for sporting, community service (pre-schools and kindergartens) and open areas, walkways and bus shelters.

Our product base provide councils with fully engineered solutions, plans and permits and project outcomes based on low maintenance non-combustible materials to ensure extended project life in busy applications.

Features  
  • Experienced Design Consultants to assist with planning your project
  • Builders with previous experience in managing projects within school environments
  • Premium Distributor of Victory Projects which provide superior project outcomes that are "built to last"
  • Large Colour and product design options
  • Australia's best wide span engineered frames to provide design flexibility
  • A visual 3D representation of how the structure will look in your situation
  • Multiple frame application including cantilevered to provide traffic solutions to busy school applications
Options & Benefits  
  • Full Colorbond Frames
  • Double Sided Roofing for great visual outcomes
  • Structural warranties up to 30 years
  • Products covered by Colorbond product warranties
  • Experienced Builders with prior experience
  • Architectural Plans and Building Permits arranged
Manufacturers Warranties  

All our steel products carry full manufacturer’s warranties plus builder’s warranties when installed by authorised distributor Totally Outdoors. All installed project will include Building Permits (1) and Home Owners Warranty Insurance (2) to ensure your peace of mind.

Dependent upon product option chosen will attract applicable manufacturer’s warranty applicable if installed per manufacturers engineering and installation requirements.

  • 30 Year Manufacturer Warranty from Revolution Roofing when using Victory Beams & Frames
  • 10-year Manufacturer Warranty from HV Aluminium for Eclipse aluminium louvres and pins – fully moulded blades offering exceptional durability, fire resistance and performance
  • 10-year Manufacturer Warranty from Bondor for SolarSpan. Confidence and peace of mind when dealing with an Australian company that has over 40 years’ experience in composite technology
  • Colorbond Material Warranties are available against corrosion to perforation by weathering in the natural elements and for COLORBOND® steel also against flake and peel. For more details, such as whether a warranty is available via colorbond relevant product section of there website
  • Building Permits required for all roofed projects attached to dwelling or freestanding above 10m2
  • Home Owners Warranty Insurance for projects exceeding $16,000.
Our Process  

We are very aware that clients want their projects built quickly as possible once they decide to go ahead. Certainly, all the Staff at Totally Outdoors undertake to do their best to make the period from contract to completion as smooth and prompt as possible.

Under normal circumstances project lead-time from deposit and stage payments paid, when requested, to installation start date is between 7 – 8 weeks to allow for preparation of (1) plans, application for standard (2) building permits, material order and delivery and start of installation.

General Notes & Reminders:
There is a min 7 days “cooling off period” required by law from signing of any agreement and deposit paid prior to a builder being allowed by law to incur any costs or commencing any works related to a building agreement.

(1) Clients are required to supply house plans for their site for plan process to begin. These can be obtained from their local council with standard lead time from 1 – 2 weeks. Obtaining your plans early will assist with our process.
(2) Standard Plan & permit service as included in all installed quotations unless otherwise noted. – (Refer DIY section for Kit only sales procedures)

Do I need a Building Permit?  

At Totally Outdoors most if not all our quotes will include a standard building permit however we know this is a confusing area that many clients are faced when obtaining quotes for their project.

We hear many clients saying "Some builders say this", "some say that", "the other builder said we didn't need a permit", "I was told I can be "an owner builder" etc. etc. What are the facts as I don't want the council around later requesting removal of my project or have problems when I come to sell? What is an owner builder?

These are the Facts!!

Building Permits - Simply most structural building projects do require a Building Permit. Dependant upon your (2) local council a further Planning Permit (this is not a building permit) and possibly other approvals beyond the standard Building Permit may be required. This may be because your project does not conform to local council overlay or other standard government building codes or requirement. For example - issue may also relate to location, size or visual impact of your proposed project. All permits are site specific so must be checked against your property and other covenants and agreements that you have already agreed to, some of which are in your section 32 of your original property purchase.

Owner Builder - simply put this means you are the builder. This carries all the same responsibilities including safety and insurance that for example a registered builder needs to provide in regards to your project. So when a contractor asks you to be the "Owner Builder" you are accepting that role. Often this is done when a builder is unregistered and therefore unable to apply or enter into contracts that exceed $5,000 or just wants to appear cheap.

Our suggestion before you build:
Enquire if you need a building permit and about being an owner builder by following the link below to Victorian Building Authority or call 1300 815 127, you may be surprised at what you weren't advised. Victorian Building Authority - Link to Home Page

Alternatively, contact your local council’s building or planning department or a licensed Building Surveyor to ensure you're getting the right advice concerning your liability in getting a building project completed without the minimum building permits required.

When contacting your council (or Victorian Building Authority) the simple question might be: “I'm proposing to build a "roofed verandah" (or carport etc - advising the use, location, size and style will assist council staff with providing appropriate advice), will I need a building permit and will I need a planning permit?
(Note: We suggest your council might be the best source to check on any planning permit requirements).

Why should I get a Permit?
The facts are by ensuring your project is permitted you have the peace of mind that an independent Building Surveyor viewed and approved the project, carried out required inspections and all your warranties are valid.
(Note: Failure to have a building permit can result in the need to remove, modify and undergo expensive compliance requirements).

Peace of Mind
When you employ Totally Outdoors its simple, we will handle this process for you via The Project Centre who are extremely experienced with most council’s requirements. This provides you the peace of mind and the best possible advice once we understand your project and property.

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