Transforming a tired pergola to year-round coastal-inspired living space
Winter may well and truly be here, but it’s the perfect time to start thinking of upgrading your outdoor decking area to a space ideal for entertaining all year round. With some clever design elements and low-maintenance materials, it’s easy to create a seamless indoor-outdoor flow that feels cosy in winter and breezy in the hotter months.
Of course, having a few expert hands to help doesn’t hurt, either. Enter: Brennan Laverty and his team at Laverty Constructions. Laverty are renowned for bringing quality outdoor spaces to life, paying equal attention to form and function.
When a client approached them with a project for a low-maintenance outdoor decking area recently, Brennan knew that our QwickBuild® system was up to the task.
“Our clients requested a well-planned and designed outdoor area which provided them with a space they could enjoy year-round, whilst having little to no maintenance at all,” Brennan explains.
Creating a seamless flow meant bringing the outdoor decking up to the level of the existing living room, which hid the step down to the old pergola area and properly extended the entertaining and living space – a task made easy thanks to the QwickBuild® system.
“One of the most important factors for our clients is having that indoor-outdoor flow, which Outdure provides,” says Brennan. “One of the benefits of this QwickBuild® system is that it can be built as low as 71mm off the ground to up to 2m above the ground, so no matter what the project is we can adjust the height to suit that indoor-outdoor flow perfectly.
Brennan also noted the ease of installation of the QwickBuild® system, making the project quick and straightforward. “From setting heights with the adjustable pedestals to installing the marine grade aluminium bearers and joists, installation was efficient and done with minimal effort.”
As for low maintenance? The QwickBuild® aluminium frame is termite-proof and doesn’t move or rot over time like a traditional timber subframe, so that certainly fits the brief!
With level flooring installed it was time to focus on aesthetics and design details. “Our client was after a modern, coastal design, with high-end finishes for a touch of formality, all while tying in the new outdoor living space with their home,” Brennan says.
The client selected our composite ResortDeck in ‘Sea Salt’ to blend closely with the flooring of their existing indoor living area. Says the client: “We chose this colour and the surfaces we did because we wanted to have something that had a beach feel about it and also matched the original colours of the house.”
The ResortDeck is oil- and stain-free, as well as scratch- and UV resistant, and isn’t prone to buckling or warping like regular wooden decking, which makes it a durable choice for a multipurpose alfresco area such as this.
To create the feel of another room, the outdoor space features a fireplace surrounded by mineral tiles in ‘Haze’, bringing understated formality to the cool-toned space. The outdoor decking area was finished with beach house-inspired furnishings such as a light timber dining setting, separate cushioned lounge space framing the fireplace, and potted statement plants contrasting against a dark grey privacy screening.
“Everything we constructed for them was an essential part for their outdoor space,” says Brennan. “From insulated roofing, privacy, ability for warmth and cooling… and having little to no maintenance at all.”
And less maintenance means more time for the client is looking forward to kicking back and enjoy their revamped space for years to come. “We absolutely love the finished product… this is exactly what we needed. We wanted an indoor-outdoor room that we could enjoy for ourselves and with our kids and friends.
We can’t speak highly enough of the build – love the colours, love how it’s come up and we look forward to the rest of our lives with this room.”
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While creating an outdoor deck isn’t as daunting a prospect as renovating an entire home, it’s still a big task, even for seasoned builders. Provided you’ve got easy-to-install materials, it’s possible to get an outdoor entertaining area done in a weekend.
When it comes to outdoor decking projects, Shelley Craft is no stranger to what is involved. With a long history of hosting some of Australia’s most popular DIY Television shows, from The Great Outdoors to Domestic Blitz and more recently The Block, Shelley knew what she was in for when it came to building her house and ensuring it achieved a great outdoor space that all Australian’s love!
Outdure’s exterior flooring system and range of decking, tiles, and turf will get you there.
Our range of durable, low-maintenance outdoor construction products (perfect for Australasian weather conditions) makes it easy to create the perfect deck or tile space to suit your lifestyle.