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How Louvre Roofs are Innovating Outdoor Living

Monday, February 05, 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.

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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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Why a Patio is Worth the Investment for Your House

Monday, February 05, 2018

Why a Patio is Worth the Investment for Your House

Looking for a creative way to add value to your home? A patio is among the top features that buyers look for in a house. This worthwhile investment is a great way to make your home more competitive when it comes time to sell. In the meantime, you'll also get to enjoy the benefits of a beautiful patio for yourself.

The upfront investment in a patio is well worth it in the long run. Why should you add a patio to your house? Let's take a look at the many benefits of adding this feature to your home.

1. Serves a Practical Need 

Families want a home that provides them with everything they need. That includes having an outdoor space for parties, gatherings, and even ordinary meals outside in the summer.

A patio adds practical value by turning a part of the home into a getaway. Families won't need to trek to the beach or the park for outdoor relaxation when there is a patio right at home.

2. Homeowners Want Outdoor Spaces 

It's easy to imagine why outdoor gatherings would be seen as desirable. However, this isn't just conjecture. The numbers actually show that people really want patios and places for outdoor recreation at home.

According to the 2017 Annual Adbri Masonry Great Australian Backyard Survey, 41% of Australian homeowners want outdoor spaces at home. This trend has been growing in recent years and is sure to continue to take off.

Having outdoor space appeals to so many people because there are so many activities that become available when there's a patio at home. Whether it's gardening, relaxation, or another outdoor activity, a patio offers something for everything.

3. Adds Visual Appeal 

Having a patio adds versatility to the number of activities that can be done at home. It also comes with an added visual appeal that's sure to impress buyers.

A great deal of sale value is based on visual appeal, and of course, size. A patio adds a versatile extra space to your home that also beautifies it immediately.

The perfect patio is easily accessed, private from the eyes of neighbours, and attractive to the eye. Some patio furniture and a bit of simple gardening will help potential buyers see themselves using the outdoor space for themselves.

4. Saves Money on Utilities 

Budget is always a consideration for homebuyers. A patio that will help reduce the cost of cooling the home in the summer is a sure selling point.

A patio installed in the right part of the home will help the house stay cooler all summer long. Use the positioning of the patio to block direct sunlight, so less air conditioning will be needed throughout the season.

Install a Patio in Your Melbourne House Now 

A patio is a small addition to your home that can have a huge payoff.

Whether you're hoping to sell as soon as possible or years down the line, you'll benefit from adding a patio to your Melbourne house.

Enjoy the benefits of recreational space and reduced air conditioning today. When the time comes to sell, your patio will more than pay for itself.

Ready to install your new patio? Contact us today to get started.

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The Latest Outdoor Decoration and Furniture Trends

Thursday, December 21, 2017

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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The Perfect Verandah for your Home

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Perfect Verandah for your Home

Have you been wondering how to add curb appeal and value to your home?

A verandah is an open space usually roofed and partly enclosed by a railing, often referred to as a porch. Commonly found at the front of a home, this can be an excellent way to boost your home's appearance and increase its worth.

Adding a shade structure to the entryway not only gives guests a charming first impression, it also optimizes your property's extra space by extending the area of your home to include a transition to the outdoors.

Many homeowners enjoy this addition as a gathering spot to greet visitors, a place to sit outdoors that's sheltered from the weather, or a relaxing spot to watch while children play with neighbours.

What's more is that while practical and useful, it serves as an inviting upgrade to almost any residential property.

Read on to find out how to choose the right porch for your house!

Choosing the Perfect Verandah for Your Home

When deciding on the perfect pick for your home, there are several things that you should consider.

Here are some guidelines to help you make the best decision.

1. Size

Depending on the exterior dimensions of your home and the existing framework, the appropriate size of your shaded entryway can vary. Usually, the structure's dimensions are customized according to the home.

2. Design

There are several designs to choose from. The best design for your house depends on its architecture and style, as well as your own preferences.

Common verandah designs include:

Gable

This design is distinguished by its pitched roof.

Flat

The flat design uses a concrete slab as a roof. It can be an effective option if water drainage is a concern.

Curved

If style is what you're after, then a design that follows the natural curve of the roof offers a unique element to your home's appearance.

Pergola

A pergola uses timber or steel members that run parallel to a wall of a house at a given minimum spacing to give shade to the rooms of the house. It's lightweight, and usually one of the less expensive ways to add ambiance indoors and out.

Transparent

This design uses glass or flexible transparent polycarbonate materials together with a steel frame to make a transparent type of shade. This is often chosen for commercial dwellings.

3. Permit Requirements

Depending on the neighbourhood and city that you live in, it may be necessary to acquire a permit prior to construction. Check with your local authorities and your neighbourhood board to determine if you will need to secure a permit.

4. Construction

To ensure that the construction process is as smooth as possible, it is recommended that you have a budget and building plan to outline your project exactly.

Find Out More!

Do you want to add beauty and value to your home? Our outdoor design specialists can help you choose the perfect addition to your home.

Take a look at some of the verandah and patio designs that we offer! Contact us for a free quote to get started on the perfect design.

 


 

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10 Steps on how to Operate your Outdoor Patio Blinds

Monday, February 27, 2017

10 Steps on how to Operate your Outdoor Patio Blinds

 

Totally Outdoors Alfresco and Patio blinds use the Ziptrak® system. Ziptrak® are designed to operate without resistance in the vertical tracks. Ensuring your high quality blind and track works for you we provide 10 easy steps to follow plus carefully ready your maintenance booklet or visit Ziptrak® for a full comprehensive review of ensuring you blind works simply and smoothly. 

Some items to ensure your system works as intended include:

  1. Always keep your mesh or PVC material clean. 
  2. PVC product benefits from being left down so ensure when not using leave down. All materials including mesh prefer to be left down to provide an unwrinkled fabric. 
  3. Avoid rolling blinds when wet or have condensation on surface 
  4. During high winds leave either fully down or fully up. Extreme weather blinds should be fully retracted. 
  5. Do not use window cleaning detergents to clean blind 
  6. Do not allow bird dropping, dirt or stains to remain on material 
  7. Smooth operation I what we expect your Ziptrak Blind should be. In dusty environments, sometimes you may wish to add lubricant. A food grade silicone spray such as Helmar H4000 may be considered. Do not use oil based lubricants such as WD40 as they may damage the spline tape and cloth the dust inside the track. 
  8. Ziptrak recommend VuPlex® for PVC blind cleaning and maintenance. 
  9. Do not use high pressure hose to clean your blind 
  10. Ziptrak blinds should be operated from centre. If you operate from one side, over time the blind may start to retract onto the top pf tube unevenly. This will cause the bottom bar to be not level. Whilst this is not a product malfunction or issue with installation, as only occurs due to improper operation. Please contact us for assistance to rectifying the issue 

Full reading the do and don’ts of ensuring your blind works smoothly and glides along the Ziptrak® as intended. Please ensure your consult your manufacturers maintenance instructions as by following manufacturer’s instructions will assist to prolong life of mechanism and fabric.

Click here to download the user guide.


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Stoke House Restaurant

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Stoke House Restaurant

The newly built Stoke House restaurant along St Kilda’s famous foreshore now includes a beautiful louver outdoor area. Designed specifically to provide the inside/outside application when viewing the bay from upper restaurant and bar area.

This example provides owners and patrons not only cover to area when raining but shelter from harsh sun from area’s north west location.

Totally Outdoors project featured a 3 bay louver sections with powder coated aluminium louvers complete with stainless steel fittings ensure a quality result with stunning simplicity. Bays can be operated either collectively or separately plus a rain sensor to close roof when raining.

This quality outcome is a perfect sophisticated solution for any commercial or residential application where light, shade plus weather protection is required to an outdoor area.


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Outdoor Blinds

Friday, November 25, 2016

Outdoor Blinds

Spend more time enjoying outside with an enclosed patio.

Create a retreat with outdoor motorised blinds on your pergola, to form a comfortable entertainment area for all year-round use.

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Prepare for Summer

Friday, November 11, 2016

Prepare for Summer

This Louvre Roof Verandah, in Brighton, allows you to have an outdoor living space by the pool to enjoy in the coming summer.

The louvre Blades that will open to let the sun shine down on you, while also protects your furniture during the winter months.


 

 

 



 

 

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Louvre Roof with a Twist

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Louvre Roof with a Twist

A Louvre Roof doesn’t need to be square or rectangular.

This verandah in Albanvale was designed to follow the Decking. We design each project individually to suit you.

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Almost Home

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Almost Home

 

We are now in the new office at 52 Star Crescent, Hallam.

Plenty still to complete including a new display centre (Due to open November 2016) and finishing touches to the offices.

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