Why Carports are Better than Garages

Why Carports are Better than Garages

No homeowner would want to leave their cars outside their house, exposed to the elements. When you park a car underneath a carport or in a garage, you give it protection from harsh sunlight, rainstorms, dust, hail and other extreme climate conditions that might cause damage. Either option makes a car less visible from the outside, deterring potential robbery cases.

There are, however, a few reasons a carport is better than a garage. The two structures may serve the same purpose, but this is why you should choose the former over the latter:

Affordability

Many garages require a bigger budget to complete over a carport. A basic two-car garage construction can cost you more than ten thousand dollars, excluding furnishings and accessories. A carport, on the other hand, costs much less.

Less Work

Building a garage can be more disruptive to your daily routine than a carport. Since garages are larger, they are most likely connected to high-traffic areas of your home. The construction process of a garage can also take weeks or even a month before completion. Since most carports are freestanding structures, there wouldn’t be drastic changes to your property. Within a day or two, you can already have a fully assembled carport.

Aesthetic Advantages

Despite the similarity in function, the aesthetic of a carport is very different from that of a garage. Garages tend to have a bulky appearance and can make your property look smaller from the outside. Carports don’t have walls – they lend a more spacious look to a home.

Versatility

Because of its open structure, carports are more versatile than garages. Turning your garage into an entertainment room can take a while to do, considering the amount of renovation work needed to complete the project. With carports, however, you can easily transform the space into a dining or living area in a matter of minutes with just a few pieces of furniture. You can dry your laundry in the carport by attaching a thin rope from one beam to another.

Transportability

When you have a garage built, it becomes a permanent addition to your property. Most carport designs, on the other hand, allow you to take them with you if you decide to move to another home. Its portability makes it an ideal investment in the long run.

More Decorative Options

With a carport, you have more freedom to decorate. Some homeowners place seasonal plants and vines along the edges and around the beams of the carports. This gives it a rustic appearance that would suit the design of many homes. Others take advantage of the carport’s freestanding layout to hang lights, wind chimes and other elaborate holiday decoration to spruce up their home.

At Just Patios, we are passionate about the outdoors. We are a team of carport builders in Brisbane who have years of experience in building the perfect addition to your home. We customise our products according to your requirements, ensuring you get the outdoor structure that suits your property and lifestyle the best.

For more information about our products and services, feel free to call us on 1300 284 531 today.

 

Transform Your Patio into a Reading Room with These Tips

Imagine a haven that offers the comfort of the indoors and the relaxing view of the outdoors. Then turn that haven into a reading room. It might just the best project for the bookworm in you.

To ensure that your new room has all the elements for total immersion, we have some ideas to inspire you:

Fill the room with a selection of comfortable seating.

If you like to change positions while reading, fill your reading room with different kinds of seating furniture. A Cleopatra seat or a chaise lounge offers a comfortable spot for lying down, while a tub or a Lawson are good options if you’re the type to sit up straight when reading. Having a beanbag chair (or two) on a beautiful rug can also make your reading room look cosier. Of course, no reading room is complete without throw pillows so make sure to add a few.

Keep out the noise.

A reading room should be a haven. Keep the noise and stressors away with noise-reducing curtains. They’re the most cost-effective way to minimise outside noise and absorb indoor sounds. You may also consider padded carpeting and acoustic ceilings. If you want to invest in your noise-proof sanctuary, sound-blocking doors and acoustic deadening panels will do the trick.

Ensure sufficient lighting throughout the day.

The beauty of turning a patio into an enclosure comes from the rich source of natural light coming from the glass doors, walls and windows. Most book lovers, however, love to read well into the night, so select ceiling lights that are advised for reading and place reading lamps near your chairs.

Give your books a lovely home.

Custom shelves dramatically transform sun rooms into a stately reading room. There’s no limit to the types of shelving you can use. For a whimsical look, consider textured fabrics suspended with iron rods. If you prefer a rustic design, using wooden panels suspended by barn rope creates a romantic touch. You can even repurpose items and use wine crates or pipes.

After the basics, it really only takes your imagination to transform your new enclosure into the reading room of your dream.

Ready to bask in your new reading room? Contact Just Patios today and let our expert builders convert your outdoor living area into an indoor sanctuary.

Keeping Your Carport Structurally Sound and Spic and Span

Just Patios carports are incredibly durable and low maintenance, but they need some care as well to extend their service life. Keep them structurally sound and beautiful for longer with this carport maintenance checklist:

Start from the top: the roof and gutters

Regularly check your roof for leaves and dirt buildup as they can trap moisture, leading to corrosion spots. You can wash down the debris with water and use liquid soap if there are stains on your roof.

If your carport has gutters, make sure they are not clogged with leaves. You can also consider having gutter guards installed to prevent leaves from clogging your gutter and lessen the cleaning that you have to do.

Maintain the supporting structures: the support columns and beams

Debris can cling to your beams and support columns which can lead to staining or rust damage. Wipe down these structures once in a while to remove any dirt build up. If you spot any rust, it is best to act on it immediately. To treat rust, remove scales with a wire brush, sand the affected portion thoroughly and dust it down. Use rust killer before spot priming, then use undercoat followed by your top finishing.

Strengthen your base: the carport floor

Cleaning floors regularly helps preserve its integrity. On most days, you can clean them with a broom, but it is also ideal to power wash your floors once in a while.

If your car leaks and your floor has oil and grease spots, you can remove these by covering it with a layer of cat litter or sawdust for at least one day. These materials absorb excess oil, making it easier to clean the area. Once you’ve swept off the dust or litter, pour a cleaning agent on the stain, let it sit for 45 minutes and rinse it off with boiling water.

As the carport floor is subject to heavy wear and tear, you can also extend its life by recoating it every few years.

Want to know more about carport care? Just Patios is a trusted carport builder in Brisbane. For inquiries on carports, contact us today.

 

Turn Your Sun Room into a Mediterranean Retreat with These Design Ideas

If you are looking for ideas for your patio enclosure, the climate of the Sunshine Coast allows you to explore many themes. For example, you can easily turn your room extension into a Mediterranean haven with a bit of paint, colourful tiles and vibrant textiles. Choose among the styles of Italy, Morocco, Greece or any country blessed enough to be lapped by the Mediterranean Sea.

The Warm Tuscan Villa

Wrought iron fixtures, travertine floors and earth-coloured stucco or plaster walls are just some of the characteristics of Tuscan interior design. Hang sheer white drapes around the room, add a rustic ceiling fan above and you have a little piece of Italy in your home. Plant olive or lemon trees near your patio or bring pots of lavender or rosemary inside to complete the look.

The Vibrant Moroccan Home

The Moroccan style gives a rich fusion of colours and a touch of Moorish grace. Emulate the style by dedicating a strip of your wall for a mosaic, or paint your walls with a rich cream colour and place a mosaic tabletop at the center of your patio. If you choose to have a sofa, choose one with a warm colour and fill it with different coloured throw pillows. Add strong wooden beams to your ceiling, and hang intricately designed Moroccan lamps around the room ‒ then you’re all set.

The Relaxing Greek Patio

Think of Greek interior design and whites and blues immediately come to mind. Add wooden roof beams, include sheer white drapes that hang from ceiling to floor and add a bonsai bougainvillea to give a modern twist to a classic Greek look. Line your floors with white and blue tiles for a mesmerising look.

Many automatically assume that the Mediterranean style is only for grandiose homes, but it can also be used in simpler houses to create a homey space.

Just Patios is dedicated to creating beautiful and structurally sound additions. We’ve created patios, carports, room enclosures and other outdoor living areas for Brisbane’s business and residential sector.

For more room extension ideas, view our other blogs or contact us today.

After Catios Come the Tortoise Dome: New Uses for Outdoor Enclosures

With some creativity, the possibilities in personalising outdoor enclosures are endless.

Many install outdoor enclosures to create an entertainment room for the family. A vast number of Australians, meanwhile, construct small granny flats to provide elderly parents with their space while maintaining their independence.

These, however, are not the only uses for an outdoor enclosure. You can personalise your patio to turn it into a luxury spot that the entire family, furry members included, can enjoy:

Pet Sanctuary

In our previous blog, we featured the catio. This time, we’ll tell you about the tortoise dome: a garage-sized Crystal Maze-inspired dome one father built for his family’s pet tortoises.  Paul Gordon constructed a heated habitat for the family’s Sulcata tortoises, George and Mozart. He researched into geodesic domes, found inspiration for a greenhouse, and built a hutch from scratch. Just like Paul Gordon and couple Don and Yvette Bacha who started the catio trend, you can create a pet-friendly outdoor sanctuary for your pets.

Mini Hideaway

Turn your enclosure into a mini-hideaway for your children. Fill the room with books, toys, and even art materials that will keep them busy. You may also want to include some mats, a few comfy pillows, and a throw for their afternoon nap. The idea is to provide the children with space where they can learn while having fun.

Music Room

Take your guitars and musical instruments out to the patio. By taking some soundproofing measures, such as installing thick curtains or a soundproof door, you can create a room where you can make or record good music.

Art Corner

For art lovers, an outdoor enclosure can also be a great space for making art. If you live in a home with a beautiful view, you can use nature as an inspiration for your art. For an unobstructed vista of your outdoor space, ask Just Patios to use extensive amounts of glass when constructing your outdoor enclosure. Our team of licensed builders will make sure that your outdoor area will turn out just the way you want it: beautiful and fully-functional.

Fill out our form or call us on 1300 284 531 to receive a free quote.

Carport Building 101: Things to Remember When Designing a Carport

Building a carport is a smart decision, as it provides the protection your vehicle needs from the searing sun and pounding rain. It also works well for families looking to save on cash, as the cost of building a carport tends to be lower than that of a garage.

Moreover, well-built carports in Brisbane are ideal for those looking to give their vehicle additional protection without eating up a considerable part of their yard.

When building a carport, a mistake of most homeowners is treating it as an addition or an afterthought, which then shows in the results. To make sure your carport will stay aesthetically pleasing and functional longer, here are some things to remember when designing your carport:

  1. Keep your home’s design in mind.

As opposed to treating the carport as an afterthought, build it as if it’s a part of the home plan. Let it match the overall style of your house. If you have a modern home, for instance, add some modern touches to the carport design, too.

Use the same materials as you did to build the rest of the home. To create balance, use colours from the same palette or at least choose hues that complement that of the home’s exterior.

  1. Consider the size and other provisions.

Consider future plans before deciding on the size of your carport. Are you looking to purchase another car soon? If so, and if the space in your driveway would permit it, double your carport’s size to accommodate the new car.

Build your carport in a way that would allow you direct access to the home. This will benefit you when you arrive home while the sun is in full heat or when it’s raining.

Ask our experts at Just Patios to help you design the kind of carport that will give you the best value for your money. Choose from a wide range of sleek and fully functional designs, and we’ll customise it to suit your preferences and needs. Whether you need a simple flat or skillion type or a rustic gable-type, we’ll build a carport that enhances the value and curb appeal of your home. Contact us today.

The ‘Catio’: Transforming Your Patio Enclosure into a Playground for Feline Friends

At Just Patios, we have written about many ways you can spruce up or redecorate your room enclosure to turn a simple home extension into a beautiful bespoke space. The possibilities are endless.

Don and Yvette Bacha discovered another patio transformation idea after doing their research on the new ‘catio craze’ in Britain and Australia. They were happy to know they could emulate the outdoors for their feline friends as they had the space they needed.

What is a ‘Catio’?

A catio is exactly what it sounds like: an enclosed home extension built for pet cats. They give your cats a splendid view as well as a safe place for them to exercise or laze around in.

Catios come in all shapes, sizes and styles. Some homeowners prefer small cage conservatories while others would love to give their pets the entire patio enclosure. Often furnished with shelves, scratching posts, climbing stairs and catwalks, the catio is a wonderland for your cats—they’ll never want to leave it.

From Room Enclosure to Kitty Zone

Transforming your patio enclosure into a catio isn’t an easy feat but Carolyn Somers, a self-proclaimed cat lover, has three catio construction tips that you can take note of:

  1. Do your own research.

Look at photos and blog articles of other homeowners who have their own catios. Take inspiration from other builders when arranging the furniture inside your catio.

  1. Be creative.

Most catio exteriors are just plain cages. Feel free to talk to us about your preferred screening options or glass window configurations. Shop for fun cat furniture that you think your pets will enjoy. We can advise you on safety options to keep your feline friends from overheating.

  1. Sweat the small stuff.

Your cats can be a little choosy about what goes into their playground. Make sure you have them test out the room themselves before settling on a final design.

Just Patios has a team of fully licensed builders that want you and your family to enjoy a functional and well-designed patio space. For a free quote, fill in the form on our website or call us on 1300 284 531.

Outdoor Cleaning: Maintaining your Patio in Top Condition

Cleaning your patio is just as important as cleaning the interior of your home. The perfect time to clean your patio is during early spring since it is not too cold or hot. Having a clean patio during spring ensures that your patio is ready to use during summer. Depending on the type of flooring, there are many ways to clean a patio; however, cleaning any patio will involve sweeping, hosing and scrubbing.

Removing Weeds

Before cleaning, you should remove all furniture, plants and accessories from your patio. Afterwards, you should start sweeping the surface to remove any debris, dirt or dried leaves. This breaks off any small weeds that have just sprouted. Moreover, it can also prevent the growth of moss and lichens.

However, if you see any weeds that have taken root, it is best to take as much of the root out as possible to prevent it from growing again. Once all the roots are pulled out, you should fill-up the holes with sand or soil. To take out the weeds in a convenient way, you may opt to use a weed killer. If you use weed killer, you should thoroughly read its instructions to know when and where it can be used.

Power Washing

Besides sweeping, you can also clean your patio using acid-free floor cleaners. This type of cleaning requires a bucket of water, a brush and your preferred floor cleaning liquid. You can mix the floor cleaning liquid with water and pour it over a portion of your patio. Focusing on small areas at a time ensures that you cover all parts of the patio.

An alternative technique is using a steam or pressure washer. This device allows you to give your patio a deep clean in a faster and more efficient manner.

Just Patios is composed of an expert team of patio builders in Brisbane. We provide various customisable patios that let you comfortably enjoy your outdoor living space. If you want to inquire about our range of patios, call 1300 284 531.

 

Make it Pop! Colour Ideas for Your Patio Enclosure

Just because you’ve closed off your patio from the garden, doesn’t mean it has to be drab. Liven up your sunroom with teeming colours and these design ideas.

Where You Can Inject Colour

There are many places where you can inject colours. The key is striking a balance. The most obvious options are furniture, throw pillows and rugs, but you can go further than that.

If you are feeling brave, paint your walls with a bright colour. If you are feeling really brave, use several colours and turn your wall into a canvas.

For those who enjoy frequently changing their home’s interiors, colourful wall art might be a better option as they can be easily removed and transferred to a different room.

If you have a high ceiling, lead your guests’ eyes up by having colourful hanging light fixtures. You can also add colourful wind chimes outside your windows to create a framing effect when you look out to your garden.

Possible Colour Themes

The best colours are the colours that speak to your heart. To find the best theme for you, think of something you really like and use it as a colour inspiration. To jog your mind explore these examples:

Summer Fruits

Keep it summer in your sunroom, by adorning it with the colours of summer fruits. Think of the watermelon’s red, black, green and light green colours. Or the grapefruit’s reds, pinks, oranges and yellows. Nature is full of lovely contrasting and complementary colours, something which can be imitated by interior design.

Carnival in Rio

What can beat the vibrancy of the biggest festival in the world? Think of the colours of the Amazon’s most exotic birds, add some hints of metallic colours and you have a room that can dazzle under the Australian sun.

Having an additional living space is a great opportunity for you to use your creativity. If you do not have your own enclosure yet, we are the best people to call for patio enclosures in Brisbane.

Liven Up Your Patio Enclosure with these Potted Plants

There’s nothing quite like having your morning coffee in your own sunroom. You can sip your blend, made just to your liking, while the sun’s rays enter the windows and there’s nothing for you to do except enjoy the day. To complete the alluring picture, why not make that sunroom just that little more comfortable and add these plants to freshen up the air and brighten up your interiors:

Prayer plants (Maranta leuconeura) are evergreen perennials, brightening up your room throughout the year. They have mesmerising leaf markings, creating an illusion that smaller leaves were painted on them. What’s more fascinating about this plant is that their leaves may move upwards or fold at night as if they were praying.

Moth orchids (Phalaenopsis spp.) add a delicate beauty to your patio enclosure. They are perfect for sunrooms as they love bright light and want shelter from cold draughts. Those with white petals can add a clean softening touch to your interiors. Those with purple petals give a vibrant pop to a room.

Madagascar Dragon Trees (Dracaena marginata) can make any interior look as if they were professionally designed. Placed in a beautiful pot and grown to a good height, it presents like a sculpture-l and is a complete stunner. Placed in a bright spot and watered once a month, they are a great option for those not blessed with green thumbs or those who travel a lot.

Air Plants (Tillandsia) are now the rage in restaurants, bars and interior design expos. They look delicate because of their size and the thinness of their foliage, yet the varied direction of their leaves make them look formidable and spunky. You can place them on a table, hang them from the ceiling or use them as living wall art.

There are more plants you can try that love the Australian climate. You can stay tuned to our blog for more ideas for your patio enhancement project.

Having patio enclosures in Brisbane gives families the perfect relaxation spot or entertaining room. When you’re ready for that home extension, just call 1300 284 531.