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The Perfect Verandah for your Home

Wednesday, December 13, 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.

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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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A Sweet Goodbye

Friday, September 09, 2016

A Sweet Goodbye

 

Our Final day in this office before we move to 52 Star Crescent, Hallam and we celebrated our time here with a homemade cake by Mary.


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Building New Display Centre

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Building New Display Centre

Our Display Centre at 26-28 Abbott Road, Hallam is now closed.

The Display Centre at the Home Idea Centre at 1686 Dandenong Road, Oakleigh East, remains open 7 Days a week.

We are on the first step to creating a bigger and better Display Centre at our new office at 52 Star Crescent, Hallam that will feature all our latest products.

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Insulated Gable Roof, Merbau Frame Verandah

Friday, August 26, 2016

Insulated Gable Roof, Merbau Frame Verandah

This job in Vermont, we created a ceiling finish indoor/outdoor Room.


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Design Styles

Fixed Roof - Totally Outdoors

Fixed

Insulated Roof - Totally Outdoors

Insulated

Louvre Design - Totally Outdoors

Louvre

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