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Can I Install A Veranda On My Own

Why would you want to do that?

That’s one of those things that you have to think about in all seriousness. You are about to spend a lot of money on property, one of your biggest investments. And you have to ask yourself, do you have the ability to be able to do this correctly? It requires specialised tools, work platforms and a lot of time. In just about every instance a typical veranda in the suburbs is going to take our trades about a a day to assemble.

We only take a day.

Now bear in mind that complete structure have already been trough in a very technical process, and it has been cut with those tools in the factory and a trial assembly has been done. It’s pulled apart, it’s shrink wrapped and sent to site. We are on and off site in a day. So we are interrupting your life for one day. I guarantee that if you take upon that yourself, it will be considerably more than a day.

Council Approval

Can you guarantee that you are going to be able to get this through council? You have to convince the building inspector that it’s something that you are capable of doing. You are going to have to convince the engineer that it is structurally not affecting the home. And above all, you want to be able to convince yourself that you can finish it in a quality way that protects that investment.

Don’t do it yourself

I can tell you that all too often I’ve been called out to people who have got a pile of materials, or they have inherited a lot of recycled materials, and they are trying to put something together. The short answer is you are going to end up with a frustrated process. I’d tell anyone not to do it. We’ve got about 12 odd guys doing this everyday, they are specialist trades. They have a skill base that comes out of construction, or roof plumbing, or sheet/metal work.

They know what they are doing. They know what not to do, more importantly. And I guarantee your install a veranda project will finish within expectation and satisfaction. Don’t do it yourself, it’s simple.

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Can I buy and install a veranda DIY

Often people ask can I buy the material only and install it myself? My sentiment is no..

Why would you do that?

  • Would you buy all the car parts and build your own car? You’ve got to be crazy.
  • Would you do your own surgery? You get experts to do that for you.

Let us not forget what is going to happen here, you need to have a work safe site. Often it involves work platforms, not ladders, and specialised tools. Let alone trade skills. With the greatest respect to my clients I am going to say that most people, most of the time, unless they are trade based and trade skilled, are probably not going to be able to do this in a good finish.

We can guarantee it every time.

Waranties

Hold up, what about if you do it yourself, there are no warranties.

How would you like to lay awake at night, you are in a very windy area and you are wondering if this roof  is going to take off and kill someone’s child? It is just not worth the worry.

We make our products out of steel and it means there is probably about a 1-2 mill of tolerance a section. Not much. We’re not working with timber, where you have got the tolerances, and can still pack it up and fix it. In terms of what we have, if you have to replace even one beam, you might as well have had us do it.

Better for the client in the long run

I had one client who built the veranda himself. For the seven years he stayed in that house he couldn’t stop it from leaking.  When they built their new dream home, the wife would not let him build the veranda himself!

Our office get a call almost weekly, and it is usually from the wife, asking us if we could complete a job that her husband had started?

How many times have we been out to jobs and people have said I’ve got all this material can you make a veranda for me? I think we are all guilty of having something at home we didn’t quite finish.

I can’t forget, it’s in my mind, indelibly imprinted. I’m talking to this couple and the husband says, ‘oh look I am going to do that’. And she looked at him and she looked at me and she said, ‘oh no you are not. I have seen the standard of your work.’

It is not worth it.

You are dealing with your most expensive investment. You want to add value to your home. You don’t want something that detracts from it. You have to look at it every day. It had better be good.

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Simple Ways to Make Your Backyard Better This Summer

Summer’s almost here, but if your backyard isn’t ready for garden parties and BBQs, you don’t need to panic – try out these simple ideas to enhance your outdoor space without breaking the bank.

  1. Pretty and practical plants

The right plants can really make or break a backyard, but you should consider more than just aesthetics when choosing flowers, trees and other plants that won’t require too much maintenance and serve practical functions too.

Lemon grass is a natural mosquito repellent that’s quick and easy to grow on a windowsill before transplanting it into your garden. If you have any cracked paving, uneven ground or unsightly views in your yard, conveniently placed flower beds and privacy bushes can save you the expense of landscaping.

  1. Creative lighting

Outdoor lighting improves safety and security, creates ambience, allows outdoor events to last into the night and helps to highlight your garden’s best assets. Well-chosen lighting can be a feature in itself, from tiki torches keeping bugs at bay to spotlights embedded in pavers and rope lighting following the contours of curved paths and decks.

You won’t have to worry about your electricity bills when you set automated timers and choose low wattage bulbs or solar lights that run all night long.

  1. Pimp your fence

A fence is essential for privacy and security, but it also plays a role in establishing your garden’s theme, from the rustic look of wood panels to elegant brick pillars and arched gates.

Fencing also provides valuable vertical space for plants, whether you’re growing vines or hanging pots, beds and even vases. Fitting mirrors to your fence can make small gardens instantly look and feel bigger.shutterstock_201010265

  1. DIY splash pads

If you don’t have the budget for a pool, splash pads are a more affordable alternative that still provide lots of splashing fun for kids of all ages without the safety hazards of deep water.

You can make your own temporary splash pad with nothing more than a clean tarp, a garden sprinkler and weights to keep it in place.

  1. Decks and patios

Installing a deck, patio or other hardscaping in your backyard is a long-term investment that will pay off in reduced lawn maintenance, as well as making sure you’ll always have a safe and comfortable environment for dining, entertaining and relaxing outdoors.

With materials to suit every budget and decorative designs for all tastes, you won’t have trouble finding an attractive and functional patio for your home.

Install your new verandah today

Get in touch with our verandah specialists on 1800 000 504 to get your free quote and get your backyard ready for the summer.

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Boost Your Backyard: Green Walls and Shelf Gardens

If you’re looking for an innovative and modern way to enhance the greenery in your garden, green walls and shelf gardens are  trends that you can consider adopting within your own home.

Both options allow you to incorporate plants in your front or backyard without minimising your outdoor space, and are also an effective way to inject life in your existing garden or patio.

GREEN WALLS

If green walls are unfamiliar territory to you, don’t be intimidated. Commonly found in many large modern office spaces and building surfaces, green walls are vertical gardens built on panels that have in-built water delivery systems. The plants that grow on these walls are highly adaptive to its surrounds and contribute to insulation.

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The different types of green walls include:

  • Interior or exterior walls
  •  Free standing walls
  • Building facades

Installation of green walls can be specially fitted by businesses that specialise in building the structural system, bit if you’re after a cost-effective alternative, you can DIY your own wall.

The best part about green walls is that you can control the surface it populates; these vertical gardens can be built according to the size of your available space.

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SHELF GARDENS

Like green walls, shelf gardens are conscious of space and add design element to your outdoor living area. Shelf gardens are typically free-standing racks that contain potted or planted vegetation, flowers and shrubbery. This option is an easy way to showcase various plants in one area, and is also a popular method used to grow organic herbs.

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Using this method is a low cost option and an ideal solution to adding plants in minimal spaces such as an apartment balcony, a small backyard corner or a section of a patio deck. Shelf gardens are flexible in design and size, making it easy to customise to your specification.

So next time you choose to add plant life around your home, consider adding a vertical or shelf garden to easily boost the liveliness of your outdoor area.

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Decorating your Outdoor Pergola

Pergola’s are a natural addition to a home and are a functional way to enhance living space. Often, outdoor spaces are left barren or are given little to no attention because they aren’t utilized as frequently as indoor living areas.  However, any part of your home should reflect a sense of care and all areas should naturally flow into one another.

Decorating your outdoor area is a great way to ensure that your home has unified effect and is livable throughout.

To maximise the aesthetical appeal of your patio, consider using these simple additions when decorating:

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Plants

Adding plants toy our outdoor space will instantly brighten up the area.

For easy upkeep, consider putting low maintenance potted plants such as succulents, pines, ivy’s and ferns.

However, for those looking to permanently commit to a garden, aim for a number of different plants that will flourish in different seasons in order to have a blooming outdoor area all year round.

Furniture & Decor

To turn your pergola into an area where you can entertain and relax in, invest in an outdoor furniture set that’s weather-proof so you can use it throughout the year.

Additionally, you can add personal touches by adding things such as outdoor lights, your favourite decorative pieces and outdoor artwork such as small sculptures or a centre piece for your table.

The Extra Mile

If you want to go the extra mile and turn your outdoor area into a regular living area, consider adding in homely additions such as a suspended hammock, a built in outdoor lounge, a day bed or egg chairs. You can even bring the indoor feel outdoor by adding throw blankets and pillows in the shaded areas.

By adding these pieces, you can utilise your pergola as a place where you can spend your recreational down time by yourself or in the company of friends and family.

Whether you’re looking to build a pergola or have an existing one, these outdoor decorating ideas are some of the ways in which you can spruce up an area that is otherwise left bare. An outdoor space worth looking at is an area worth spending time in.

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