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5 Different Verandah Designs to Increase Your Property Value

Monday, March 25, 2019

5 Different Verandah Designs to Increase Your Property Value

Verandah provides a lovely space for entertaining and enjoying the outdoors. They also expand the living space of your home, increase your home's value, and protect your home from harsh conditions and the sun.

If you're thinking about adding a veranda or improving the one you have, keep reading. These five trendy veranda designs will have you ready to renovate in no time.

1. Louvre – Opening & Closing Roof Design

Once known as "Vergola verandah’s” the open and closing louvre roof designs are about controlling shade, sun and rain. They get the name because they are similar to pergolas. Open veranda designs simply give you more options by allowing you to control your environment by to the patio area or to the windows of your home.

The roof of a louvre roof can be fully, partially or completely open. Modern designs use extruded aluminium louvres and frames for increased durability, strength and colour choice as products can be powder coated to order.

Louvre verandah’s help brings the outside into your home by allowing for adding light and sun on those sunny winter days.

2. Expansive Verandah

Verandah that expands the length of your home not only look amazing but they also significantly increase the square footage of your home. This means the value of your home increases as well.

Some popular ideas for large Verandah include side Verandah that reaches to a backyard deck or pool. The perfect choice might include colorbond or aluminium frames for added visual appeal and low maintenance durability.

Backyard Verandah that expands directly into the yard or pool area creates the perfect entertaining space for BBQ, outdoor kitchen, lounge and play.

Expansive verandah designs also protect your home from harsh weather and sun damage and can keep your home cool during the dry season. Shapes can include Flat, Gable or combinations to suit your home.

3. Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Rooms are great features for connecting your home or located elsewhere depending upon your needs. Ie: adjacent to your outdoor pool.

They provide shelter space for relaxing and entertaining just feet from the water and sun and may include kitchens BBQ areas or outdoor bar.

As an outdoor room, they might include walls, doors and windows that make the space more intimate and cozier.

Plus, you can add a trendy outdoor kitchen and you'll never need to run inside. No more worrying about tracking in food, water and dirt.

4. Gabled & Curved Verandahs

Verandah with gabled roofs is trending right now. The look is unique and modern while fitting with most any home style plus adding the ability to ensure area free of posts.

Gabled and Curved-roofs keep the veranda clean from debris and protect against direct sunrays. Both roof types can have polycarbonate roof options for increased light. They also make space seem and feel larger. Trust us, this design will certainly turn the heads of your neighbours.

5. Insulated Verandah

Insulating your veranda will attract more buyers, especially those who want to be outdoors during the cooler seasons and usability of the area during winter.

Insulated Verandah has insulated roofing that not only keep the space warm and the veranda protected, but also provide a sleek and contemporary look. Introduce lights, fans and heaters for that perfect Alfresco feel

Insulated veranda designs can have either a flat or gable style roof.

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Whichever of these veranda designs you choose, your home value will increase and you will fall back in love with your outdoor space.

At Totally Outdoors, we can make these designs a reality for your home. Contact us today to request a free quote.

Display Centre – why not visit our display centre at 52 Star Crescent Hallam. Free Entry it’s a perfect way to touch and see what options available and also get the right advice on design options to suit your needs and budget.

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5 Brilliant Budget Landscaping Ideas That Will Increase Your Property Value

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

5 Brilliant Budget Landscaping Ideas That Will Increase Your Property Value

With so many houses to compete with, you'll likely need to do some upgrades in almost every room! But don't forget about the landscaping. Your front yard is the first thing people will see when they pull up, and many families want a nice backyard for their kids.

But, don't worry - fixing up your yard doesn't have to put a hole in your wallet. There are some great budget landscaping tips to increase your property value without costing too much.

Don't believe us? Keep reading to discover 5 brilliant budget landscaping ideas that will increase your property value.

1. Pick a Few Good Plants

Flowers and plants are the cornerstone to most gardening ideas. They can brighten up your yard and add some visual interest. But, be careful not to overdo it.Many families are looking for a low-maintenance yard. A wide variety of plants can scare homebuyers off because it looks like too much work. Instead, pick a few good plants, so your yard looks colourful, welcoming, and easy to care for.

2. Line Your Flower Beds and Walkways

Creating flower beds and walkways are some of the best cheap garden ideas to make your yard look more interesting. But don't leave it at that.

Lining them will help the edges look clean and defined. Stones and shaped bricks (or cement) are great ways to achieve a clean, yet natural look.

3. Install an Awning

Many families are looking for the perfect outdoor play area for their children. That means, they'll be spending hot summer days outside too! For this reason, shaded areas can add value to homes.

If you don't want to invest in a lot of construction, consider installing an awning. It's more affordable than building a permanent structure and will give enough shade so you can enjoy being outside.

4. Put Blinds on Your Veranda

If you have a little extra money to play with, installing a veranda is a great way to add value to your home.

If you already have a veranda, consider upgrading it by installing blinds. They a great budget landscaping idea to block out the sun and stay cool in the summer.

5. A Pops of Colour

Adding fun touches of colour are one of the easiest landscaping ideas on a budget. You may do this by choosing brightly coloured flowers or including some small garden sculptures or a well-placed interesting privacy screen.

But, you can also bring colour to your outdoor furniture with some of the latest trends. Neutral coloured tables and chairs paired with funky-patterned seat cushions are the perfect way to bring just the right amount of colour.

The Best Budget Landscaping Ideas

If you're trying to upgrade your home to get it ready for the market, you may be stressing about the cost. But, don't worry! There are plenty of budget landscaping ideas that will take your yard to the next level without costing a fortune.

Some of the best ideas are limiting the variety of plants in your yard, lining your walkways and flower beds with stones or shaped bricks, installing an awning, putting blinds on your veranda, and adding pops of colour.

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Home Extension Ideas from Melbourne’s Outdoor Experts

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Home Extension Ideas from Melbourne’s Outdoor Experts

Expanding your house adds great value to your property and also helps transform the home’s overall shape and function. Whether it’s in the form of a verandah, patio, pergola, or even a simple carport, there’s so much that you can do with the extra space on your property.

While each homeowner is different, a lot of them sure have one thing in common: a need to extend their living or entertainment area. And since every property is different, it’s difficult to know where to start and which space to use as an extension. Let Melbourne’s outdoor experts, Totally Outdoors, provide you with inspiration to and some great ideas. Our expertise in building outdoor spaces for clients all over Melbourne have cemented our reputation as the leaders in our space.

Examples Of Totally Outdoor’s House Extension Designs

Below are a small selection of designs we’ve built for our customers. We take great care to understand our customers’ needs and are able to construct a beautiful design you’ll be proud of.

A family business with over 40 years of experience, we provide outstanding workmanship, quality and customer satisfaction. All our materials are Australian-made and owned, and we have previously won awards from the Australian Institute of Architects. Call us now at (03) 9704 4900 and talk to one of our experts about building an outdoor space using our experience and workmanship!


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Planning a Verandah for Your Melbourne Home? Make Sure You Tick These Boxes Off!

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Planning a Verandah for Your Melbourne Home? Make Sure You Tick These Boxes Off!

Enlivening your outdoor space with a classy Verandah is the perfect way to boost your home’s value and aesthetical appeal. While it’s something to have for sure, it also be a challenge if certain factors are ignored. It is key to invest time in designing something that fits all your entertainment or relaxation needs. Narrowing in on the exact shape, size, and even style of your pergola involves smart planning. Consider the following factors to ensure that you get to enjoy what you build!

Get a Strong Roof

A durable roof is important for a variety of reasons, including the weather. Our gable roof designs have become popular owing to stability and beauty. Our trafficable insulated gable roofs can stand up to wind and other elements of the oft-changing Melbourne weather, without requiring extensive maintenance.

Going with the Right Materials

As you begin to plan and then build your new outdoor space, you’ll soon be overwhelmed by the variety of materials that you can choose from. Essentially, you should look for durability, longevity, warranty and how will they turn out in terms of appearance. Our experts can help you identify options that resonate with the existing theme of your house.

What to Consider when Building

There are a few things to ensure before starting the actual process of building. Permits, building codes and designs are just some of the things you need to tick off. Most structural building projects do require a Building Permit, and depending upon your local council, a further Planning Permit and other approvals may also be required. At Totally Outdoors, our experience allows us to be by your side to make sure everything is set up for a successful installation process.

The Importance Of Hiring Professionals

Some people mistakenly think that building an outdoor space can be somewhat of a DIY exercise. The reality is that it’s more than just a weekend project and entails precise measurements and use of specialized and proper materials to get the best outcome. Not having your verandah permitted and professionally installed could create untold amounts of expensive damage down the line.

Let’s Get Started!

If you're looking for a verandah builder in Melbourne, our experienced professionals at Totally Outdoors can help. We can design and build an attractive outdoor space that is perfect for relaxation and enjoyment!

Hallam Display Centre:

We highly recommend that to make certain you make the right product and design decision visit our Hallam Display Centre to get the right advice and view our sensational product solutions.

Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 4.30pm

Saturdays – 9.30am to 1.30pm (appointments preferred)

Address: 52 Star Crescent Hallam 

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Pergola’s and Verandah’s in Melbourne. What’s the Difference Between the Two?

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pergola’s and Verandah’s in Melbourne. What’s the Difference Between the Two?

If you are looking to make alterations around your Melbourne home to maximize outdoor living, there are multiple ways to do so. Depending on the available space and how you want to use it in terms of recreation or enjoyment, you can either opt for a verandah or a patio, or even both. To see which one might be your best choice, it’s important to note the differences and make a more educated decision, as some of these include making fairly permanent additions to the property.

A verandah is an attached outdoor structure with a roof that runs along one or more sides of the home. Conversely, the patio is a paved recreation area that may be attached to the house or be freestanding on its own. It may or may not have a roof. These are typically popular for outdoor entertaining or simply relaxation. For a patio, there are plenty of factors to consider, including size, choice of pavers, permanent roof covering or retractable to suit the weather etc.

A third option is adding a pergola, which too is an outdoor structure either attached to the house or standing on its own. However, unlike the patio, the pergola besides serving a purpose is often designed to enhance the aesthetics of a backyard or a garden. It could be large or small but will not have a roof. Often rafters with slats, shade fabric or simply open.

While one or more of these features can be added to the house to optimally use open spaces, it may help to take professional help. This will ensure that you end up with something that meets your needs. Before choosing between the two you really need to look at your budget and get a quote for both. Sometimes space is an issue as well and a small, wooden patio might be more suitable for your home. You will also have to look at what features you want with your outdoor area and if you are looking at adding a sunroof option you will have to go with a pergola.

Click here to get in touch with the outdoor space experts in Melbourne, or call  (03) 9704 4900 right now!

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Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Resort-like Luxury!

Friday, March 23, 2018

Turn Your Outdoor Space into a Resort-like Luxury!

If you have recently come back from a vacation in a tropical resort, then you’ve probably daydreamed of being back on holiday on a resort, surrounded by tropical plants and the serene flow of water. What if we told you that you could perfectly recreate that feeling of a resort right in your backyard? Life would be so much fun if stepping into your outdoor living area would feel like you were on holidays again.

Outdoor living, full of luxury

A stunning new patio can have an enhanced look with Totally Outdoors’ tips on how to create a tropical-style outdoor living resort:

  • Create a flow from the inside to the outside. It should align together in terms of the overall theme, colour, and styling.
  • Consider updating your furniture. Plastic and old-style furniture generally doesn’t invoke a tropical feel. Furniture that features materials such as timber, wicker, canvas and waterproof fabrics is more apt to do the trick. A visit to your local hardware or outdoor living furniture store will leave you full of ideas.
  • If space allows, have an outdoor living lounge suite or deck chairs to relax on, as well as a table and chairs for dining.
  • There are plenty of other products you can add that will help you recreate the resort feel. Here we are talking about products such as decorative fence panels and privacy screens, and garden lighting.
  • A water feature of some kind is virtually a must. It doesn’t need to be large, although if you have the space and a few extra coins, a water wall or similar feature will be a great investment.
  • The plants you choose in the garden area surrounding your outdoor living room are very important. Think tropical plants, such as palms, ferns and bromeliads. There are always plenty of tropical-look plants that will be suitable for your environment and your local nursery will always be able to help.
  • For the final touches, don’t forget to add some cushions and ornaments.

Of course, if you don’t have an outdoor structure or your existing structure is lacking, the best place to start when creating a resort-style outdoor living area is by designing and building a new patio or pergola. Give Totally Outdoors a call on (03) 9704 4900 and we’ll organise a time to discuss your project, and provide a free quote!.

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The Latest Outdoor Decoration And Furniture Trends

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Latest Outdoor Decoration And Furniture Trends


Did you know that spending time outdoors can help with everything from mental health, to cognitive functioning, to even weight loss. The benefits of being outdoors are just one reason to work on designing a beautiful outdoor living space. Furniture trends geared towards outdoor living are encouraging more people to enjoy their whole property, not just the house built on it. For this reason, homeowners are spending more money on their outdoor spaces.

Let's take a look at some popular outdoor furniture trends.

Let's Start with Furniture

If you want to spend time outside, it's important to have a comfortable place to sit and relax. Here are some of the popular options for outdoor furniture.

Furniture Qualities

Gone are the days of flimsy plastic chairs sufficing for outdoor furniture. Today's outdoor furniture options increasingly mimic indoor seating, with plush cushions and comfortable ottomans. Likely, light colours like tan and beige accented with bright pillows have been popular choices.

Furniture Types

Wood and wicker furniture make great, durable options for outdoor seating. Also, many furniture sets come with modular, movable pieces. These can be rearranged in different configurations based on your needs.

Fully-Equipped Outdoor Kitchens

Outdoor cooking has evolved far beyond the classic barbecue. Today, fully-equipped outdoor kitchens allow homeowners to have an entire cooking experience outside. With elements like refrigerators, stoves, and ovens, you can cook an entire meal from start to finish outside. This way, you will never have to traipse back inside the house to get food or drinks for guests at your cookout.

Blinds and Awnings

While being out in the sun can be great for your mental and physical health, it's important to have proper shielding from the sun's rays. That's where blinds and awnings come in.

Retractable awnings can be a convenient option for outdoor spaces. With these automated awnings, you can easily extend the awning for sunny days, and pull it back in for days when it's windy. With outdoor blinds, you can make your outdoor patio easy to convert into a screened-in porch. This is a great way to keep mosquitos away from you on warm summer evenings.

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency

Folks are trying to be more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient in all areas of their lives, and outdoor furnishing is no different. Pieces made from reclaimed wood or other repurposed parts are especially popular as ways to limit waste.

Another way to be environmentally conscious is to choose energy efficient lighting for your outdoor spaces. Motion detecting lights are a good choice for this, as they turn off automatically when no one is around. Incandescent light bulbs also use less energy than other lighting options.

Make Furniture Trends Work for You

Paying attention to these furniture trends will help you design an outdoor space that looks fresh and beautiful.

Have a project that you want to work on in your outdoor space? Contact us for a free quote to get started on the perfect design.




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Create a Relaxing Outdoor Space with a Fixed Single Roof

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Create a Relaxing Outdoor Space with a Fixed Single Roof

Summer is the perfect season to spend time outdoors entertaining family and friends, making unforgettable memories or just relaxing. In fact, getting some fresh air isn’t just good for your social life; it also benefits your health by reducing stress.

To get the most out of your outdoor area, you’ll need to make sure it can be used for both relaxation and entertainment. Without a properly designed area, you won’t be able to thoroughly enjoy being outside, especially during the day when the sun is shining.

Now, if your current living space isn’t up to par for summer, you can easily change this with a fixed single roof project design by one of our specialist here at Totally Outdoors. Our fixed single roof will turn a plain patio into a space that was made for summer living!

How Our Fixed Roof Designs Can Help Your Outdoor Space

From design benefits to aesthetic appeal, today we’ll be sharing with you 4 ways our fixed roof designs can help your outdoor area.

1. Brighter Patio Space

Instantly brighten up a dark and dreary outdoor patio space with our fixed roofing that features “heat resistant” polycarbonate. You’ll be able to entertain guests or relax during the day while enjoying some sun.


Thanks to Colorbond, you won’t have to settle for a colour that doesn’t compliment your home. Colorbond will ensure that your new fixed roof will seamlessly match your home all while having a high-quality finish.

3.More Coverage

With a wide span up to 11 metres, you’ll finally get the coverage you want. Plus, you’ll be able to fill up the bigger outdoor area with more furniture for entertaining.

4.Unique Designs

We offer several designs including;

Gable Verandah Design

The Gable Verandah is a spacious and airy design that is ideal for a large patio area that will be used for hosting outdoor parties or quaint dinners. It also showcases double sided colour framework and roofing for a complete finish.

Freespan Gable and Flat Design -Featuring our modern “frame free” Hi tensile roofing, Freespan Gable and Flat fixed roofing design will beautifully cover an outdoor patio. This particular design comes in a variety of profiles, but the outcome will always be spacious.

Fixed Freespan Roof Verandah - This design can make any slim long area into the perfect place to spend time with family or relaxing alone.

As you can see, with some help for our design specialists we can complete your space with a fixed roof and make it much easier for you to relax or entertain this summer!

For more information about our exclusive fix roofing designs and how they can help your unique outdoor space, simply contact us at (03)9704 4900 or request a free quote here.


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Summer Trends for Your Outdoor Space

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Summer Trends for Your Outdoor Space

Summer is here, which means it’s the perfect time to match your décor with this bright and cheerful season. Besides filling your space with classic summer themed items, you should also keep things up-to-date by following the latest décor trends. By doing so you’ll create an amazing, stylish space that’s perfect for entertaining family and friends this summer.

To help you get started, we’re listing off 7 of the biggest home décor trends for summer 2018 and how you can use them to liven up your living space!


Say goodbye to millennial pink and hello to light lavender. Lavender is finally taking the place of the ever so popular shade of pink. This calming shade is now being used to bring out the soft tones in deeply coloured furniture. Bring lilac and lavender into your home in the form of bedding, pillows covers and small accent pieces.

Circle Patterns

Circles are the new triangles and they’re huge this year. You can add this large circular trend into your home by starting with accent pillows or by going all in with graphic wallpaper.

Brass Accents

This summer we’re moving away from shining brushed silver and getting into more golden brass tones that offer more warmth. Add brass accents to your space in the form of outdoor stools, end tables or a decorative lamp.

Olive Green

Good news! Green is back this year in shades of olive and chartreuse. Compared to classic green, these softer shades will add a cozy finish to your living space. You can enjoy this trend by painting an accent wall, adding olive green cushions or with a dark, large plant.

Woven Textures

This year we’re bringing in more organic materials and traditional handcrafted pieces as a way to reconnect with nature. Update your space with natural accessories like baskets, large bowls (great for holding summer fruits), vases or rugs.

Warm Eye-Catching Colours

It’s good to see that warm primary colours are back in style this year. So instead of playing it safe this summer, add a bold pop of colour to your space with artwork, accent tables or pillows in red, orange or yellow.

Bold Patterns

Bold patterns are huge every summer, but this year they’re a lot more feminine and feature large beautiful florals prints. Bring this trend into your home with accent furniture, small pillows, artwork or even wallpaper.

Now that you know some of the biggest décor trends, you’ll have no problem creating a trendy, yet personalized space.

But since your outdoor area is where you’ll likely spend most of your time this summer, why not make it unforgettable by updating it with a few on-trend décor items and a new verandah, patio or outdoor room!

Our team of design specialist can help turn your current outdoor area into an inviting place where you can throw fun parties, hold intimate dinners or simply relax in all summer long.

For more information about how we can transform your space with our exclusive design styles, simply contact us at (03)9704 4900 or request a free quote here.


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How Louvre Roofs are Innovating Outdoor Living

Thursday, January 25, 2018

How Louvre Roofs are Innovating Outdoor Living

Life should be full of "and" not "or." You should be able to choose sun and shade. Not choose between sun or shade. That's why louvre roofs are changing the world of outdoor living.

They're changing the way we see our backyards and living space potential. They're also changing the way designers and architects are seeing these spaces as well.

Is an adjustable louvre perfect for your backyard? Keep reading to find out.

Get More From Outdoor Living

The adjustable louvre is the best of both worlds, and the best of everything our world has to offer: Sun, breezes, nature sounds.

They are basically stylized adjustable panels that can be tweaked to be wide open, which lets the sunshine in. Or they can be closed to keep the rain out or excessive sunlight out if things get too hot.

Amazingly enough, you can also add a ceiling fan to do an amazingly good job of keeping cool when you feel like it.

They really just give you extra living space for your home, which you can change how you see fit. You can open it in good weather or protect yourself for not-so-good weather.

They're Easy and Affordable to Install

Despite their high-end look, they are remarkably easy to install, in terms of not requiring a huge material investment. But they still offer a sophisticated design that looks like you spent a small fortune.

We also offer an amazing warranty on them. You get:

  • 10 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty on Louvre Blades
  • 7 Year Manufacturer’s Warranty on Motors and other electrical

Are They Right For My Yard?

They work in almost any backyard, that's the beauty of them. But they are particularly perfect for people who:

  • Are building/ renovating their home and want to add an extra living space
  • Are tired of their existing yard and want a drastic change at a reasonable price
  • Have an open space in their backyard that they're not sure what to do with
  • Want to get more out of the nice weather months in their backyard
  • Are trying to sell/ flip a home and want to add some "wow" to the backyard

Ready to Take Outdoor Living to the Next Level?

We are a family business with over 40 years of experience. During that time, we've built our reputation by providing outstanding workmanship, quality and customer satisfaction.

You can get a free quote online right now by clicking here.

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