There is no doubt that Australians love their indoor-outdoor lifestyles. Many homeowners want to utilise their indoor-outdoor space, no matter the size, as much as possible. From balconies and patios to decks, courtyards and sun rooms, a well thought-out addition will add years of enjoyment to your lifestyle as well as greatly increasing your property value.
Image courtesy of The Room Illuminated

Image courtesy of The Room Illuminated

If you need more space and have been considering an addition, ask yourself some key questions;

  • What is my lifestyle?
  • How will the space be used?
  • Will it accommodate a small or large gathering?
  • Does it need to be kid-friendly?
  • What will be the maintenance requirements of an addition?
  • Do I need more space or can I better utilise an existing space?
  • How will an addition blend with the existing home?
  • What are the light, airflow and insulation considerations?

While it may seem that there are a lot of questions, a renovation or addition is not to be taken lightly. Ensure you choose a highly experienced builder who can answer all your concerns before you start working with them.

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Image courtesy of DDB Design

However, there is a fun part; planning the perfect addition for YOU. Visualise a space you’d love to live in. Think about the colours, textures, view and how you’ll love relaxing and entertaining in the space.

#1 Decking

Decking is one of the most popular additions to any home. Whether your deck is ground level, off the ground, on top of an existing roof or attached to a swimming pool, the result must suit the style of your home and be functional. A deck needs to flow perfectly with your home and be positioned for the optimal view.

Image courtesy of Sam Crawford Architects

Image courtesy of Sam Crawford Architects

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Image courtesy of Gary Marsh Design

There is now a beautiful range of decking timber including mixed gum, Merbau and Kwila that are hardwearing and easy to maintain. Different styles of balustrading, such as chic wire, compliment decking without inhibiting the view.

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Image courtesy of Corben Architects

#2 Patio

A seamless flow from indoor to outdoors is created with a patio that sits at the same level as your existing floor. As rails are often not required, the space becomes a beautiful flow-through bringing together indoor comfort and the natural beauty of the outdoors. A specialist building firm such as Additions Building can provide easy-to-understand advice and expert designs for your individual patio needs.

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Image courtesy of Steele Associates

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Image courtesy of Ventura Homes

A patio can be positioned to give the appearance of being under an existing roof or designed with a purpose-built pergola to suit your exiting home. Depending on your lifestyle, roofs can be designed with insulation, lighting, heating and cooling options so you can enjoy virtual all-year use.

Your expert builder will give you advice on the best positioning for your patio taking into consideration heat, light and ventilation. Add your choice of furniture complimented with lush plant pots and you will have an easy addition to use every day.

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Image courtesy of Collected Interiors

#3 Sunroom

Similar to decking and patio options, a sunroom is an enclosed space further utilised as a study, art studio, spare bedroom, lounge or reading room; the choice is yours. A sunroom addition can be an extension of your existing home or an adaptation of space you currently under-utilise.

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Image courtesy of Studio Marcelo Brito

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Image courtesy of Sheffield Furniture and Interiors

Sunrooms can be tailored for the sun by including tinted windows and clever designs to reduce glare.

Image courtesy of Adeni Design Group

Image courtesy of Adeni Design Group

#4 Carport

Carports are more than places to shelter your car. Design specialists will produce a plan that works for the space and looks like your carport is supposed to be there, not an afterthought. Clever & secure storage can be built-in so you can keep gardening and sport equipment clean & tidy, workout gear in one spot and boxes of the kids toys you just have to keep.

Image courtesy of Chris Vandyke Designs

Image courtesy of Chris Vandyke Designs

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Image courtesy of Daydream Building Innovations

Finding the perfect solution when you need more space is easy when you have a reliable specialist builder to guide you. A company such as Additions Building provides expertise and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Do you need more space? What does your dream new space look like? Would you like some space you could virtually live in all year ’round?

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