Patio Makeover: Transform Your Outdoor Space

For most of the year, Brisbane enjoys a subtropical climate. But during the height of summer, temperatures can reach an unbearable high of 45°C. This is why many people choose to stay indoors. The problem with this, however, is higher energy costs due to cranking up the air conditioning.

According to Canstar Blue’s electricity customer satisfaction rating survey conducted last January 2019, the average annual electricity bill of households in Queensland is A$1,608.76. If Brisbane weather is mostly warm and hot for most of the year, a household spends more than half of this amount during these months.

While consumers cannot control the price of energy, they sure can do something to lower their utility bills. It may require investing, but in the long run, households will benefit from reduced monthly bills.

Installation is the Key

There was a time when asphalt shingles, metal, clay, slate and concrete were your only roofing options. Today, however, there are more advanced roofing materials available, varying in costs and durability. What you want is a roof that is well ventilated so it will lessen the bad effects of summer heat. Insulated roofing for your patio or room enclosure is one of the most practical and cost-effective materials you can have installed to ensure an energy efficient home. This type of roofing reduces the heat flow, so your space is cooler on hot days and warmer on cold months.

With proper insulation, your patio or enclosure is given strong protection from fierce sunshine.

Cleaning the Air

If insulated roofing is not for you, consider a home ventilation system. This system typically has two fans and two duct systems that supply fresh air to rooms in the home where occupants usually spend most of their time. It balances air ventilation, so the air in your house doesn’t become damp and stale.  

There are other ways you can keep your internal air circulating during the hot months without the need for a mechanical vent. You can open your doors and windows if you have an enclosure to let fresh air in and push damp air out.

Electronics Tracking

Did you know that when you leave your heat-generating electronics, such as tablets and laptops, near air-conditioning thermostats, these are tricked into thinking that your space is much hotter than it really is? As a result, your thermostat will exert extra effort cooling the room down, generating more energy. If you’re going to keep numerous devices in your home, be mindful and turn them off when not in use. Finally, do not overcharge your gadget’s batteries or leave their chargers in the socket.

Just Patios has been in the construction industry since 2002. Our focus is on simple indoor and outdoor patios as well as full room extensions on residential and commercial projects. We also provide insulated roofing for Brisbane residents. Learn more about our services by visiting our website at

Patio Makeover: Transform Your Outdoor Space

Now that the height of summer is done and winter is coming you may be inspired to spruce up your patio. After all, it is during this time that you may start to think your patio won’t get too much use.­ But a patio can be used all year round, it’s just important to plan ahead if you don’t want to consign a large part of your home to not being used.

Improving the interior of your patio can be costly, but the benefits go far beyond having an extended living area. Patios serve as a recreation spot where you can entertain guests or have barbecues. It is a place to unwind and enjoy fresh air. Having a paved area adjoining your home also boosts the valuation of your property. If resale value is a consideration, a makeover is a wise investment.

One of the trickiest parts of the whole process is how to start. What are you going to remove? What are you going to add? These are just some questions homeowners ask themselves when planning to remodel their patio.

Focus on the interior

Your patio is the focal point of your outdoor area. Therefore, it has to look attractive. Aside from the layout, the first thing people notice is the furniture. There are no rules in furniture styles and arrangement, but it will help if your pieces blend naturally with the theme of your indoor space. Be wise in choosing your materials, so you can increase the lifespan of your furniture and save on reupholstering and replacement costs. Finally, install ample lighting to enhance the ambience and provide light in the evening.

Upgrade your roofing

Those who spend a lot of time outdoors prefer patio roofs over retractable awnings because of the permanent coverage they provide. Roofs also have no moving parts, so they are much easier to maintain. Consider installing a permanent roof to protect your space from the weather. During the intense summer months, you’ll have a comfortable shady area where you can enjoy a good book without worries of getting sunburnt. During the rainy season or winter, you still get to enjoy your outdoor area while being protected from harsh weather conditions. And, you can be sure that your furniture and other patio items do not easily get damaged from overexposure.

Protect your space

Some homeowners prefer a secluded and private outdoor area over an open-air space. By enclosing your patio, you make it a room all on its own. Enclosures are a great transition from the outdoors to the indoors. They provide enhanced security, and protects you from the sun, rain, winds, dust and other elements. Animals and pests are kept out, and outside noise is kept to a minimum.

If you’re looking to transform your home, you will need patio suppliers and experts to help you execute your project properly. Just Patios is a building solutions provider in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast that caters to both the residential and commercial sectors. We specialise in outdoor patio building, with other services that include patio coverings, room enclosures, carports and roofing. Learn more about us by visiting

Stunning Sunroom Ideas to Light up Your Home

A sunroom changes the entire atmosphere of your house, with wide windows bringing in elements of the outdoors. It allows you great views and natural light while you stay inside the comforts of your temperature-controlled home.

A sunroom is also a versatile space and you can style it any way you want. If you own a sunroom that’s in dire need of a refresh or you just want to add some charm to the area, here are some inspiring ideas for a light and airy enclosure. 

Opt for light colours

Sunrooms are meant to be relaxing open spaces where you feel like you’re outside enjoying the sun while still being in the comforts of your own home. Part of creating this serene mood is using the right colours for the room.

In general, avoid dark coloured-walls in your sunroom. They draw in heat, making the space unbearable during the summer. Lighter shades are ideal for the walls because they open areas, making the room appear brighter and larger. For the ceiling, use light natural woods or white paint to enhance the airy atmosphere. If you want to add pops of colour to the room, you may decorate the tables with trinkets in pastel hues such as light lavender and baby blue.

Combine indoor and outdoor furniture

A sunroom is a bit of inside and a bit of outside. Mix up your interiors by pairing wicker chairs with plush velvety rugs and wicker side tables with soft sinking sofas. The outdoor elements bring in natural charm and warmth, adding to the comfortable and cosy atmosphere, indoors.

By incorporating indoor furniture in your sunroom, you create a versatile space suitable for both entertaining guests and enjoying relaxation time. This type of furniture also contributes to the seamless transition between the sunroom and the rest of the house, extending your home’s living space.

Liven it up with greenery

Sunrooms are the best places for plants to thrive because of the huge windows, providing them with enough sunlight to grow healthily. Adding plants and flowers to the sunroom will create a sense of organic serenity in the space.

Most house plants are easy to grow in a sunroom. Common sunroom plants include begonias, lilies and violets because they’re low-maintenance and produce vibrant flowers. If you prefer more greenery, opt for hanging plants such as spider plants or Boston ferns.

If you want to test your green thumb, you can also grow herbs or vegetables in your sunroom. Growing basil, potted cherry tomatoes, thyme and rosemary will add value and function to your enclosure.

Don’t forget the curtains

Curtains are a must for every sunroom because they provide privacy and lend an elegant feel. They’re also a practical way to help cut down on sun exposure during incredibly hot days. Floor to ceiling glass windows with streams of sunlight pouring in are beautiful, but they can also make enclosures hot, especially if there’s no air-conditioning. The curtains will keep the space from overheating during scorching summer days.

Enjoy a stylish, well-designed and functional sunroom by Just Patios

Do you want to add value to your home? At Just Patios, we offer an extensive range of patio enclosures including glass sunrooms. Our team of licensed builders use high-quality materials to ensure that your sunroom is durable, beautiful and functional. With years of experience in the industry, you can be sure that we’ll build a sunroom that’s perfect for your lifestyle.

For more information and enquiries, call us on 1300 284 531.

Outdoor Updates That Are Worth Every Dollar

Your outdoor space has a double mandate. It has to look great, but it also has to be functional.

To achieve this, style, safety, comfort, and ease of maintenance should be your four main considerations. The question is, how do you achieve both great aesthetics and full functionality without spending a fortune?  

Truth is, additions to your home will inevitably require some cash. But some updates add value and pay for themselves down the road. The key is in choosing the right elements, so you get full return for your investment later.

We round up patio additions that are worth the investment:

Create Your Own Botanical Sanctuary

Plants in your deck or patio make the space look inviting. Hardscape features can look stiff and uncompromising, and adding plants can soften the hard edges.

The easiest way to do it is to use container gardens. You can go for bright tropical flowers that bloom in the summer (and simply move them indoors come winter). If you want to have something in bloom all year, perennials such as ice plants, peonies, and hydrangeas are the most popular options for the job. But here’s a safety caveat if you’re allergic to bee stings: steer clear of bee magnets (flowering plants) and go for foliage plants.

To create comfortable spaces outdoors, consider installing a shade tree that is relatively mess-free (doesn’t shed leaves like crazy). Japanese maples are of intermediate height at maturity, while Sunburst honey locusts are relatively less messy. For safety, avoid trees with an aggressive root system.

Go Big with a Pool

If you’re someone who enjoys throwing house parties or having friends and family come over, a pool is an investment you can look into. Pools are also great for quiet weekends, sunning on the patio and jumping into the water to cool off. Pools, though, can bring up safety issues if you have small children. What’s more, keeping your pool clean and the water fresh might eat up a lot of your time, so you’ll also need to carefully weigh the pros and cons before having one installed.

Or Start Small with a Pond

If you crave the calming effects of water but worry about the cost or maintenance, a pond or decorative water features are for you. Install a small koi pond or a granite water fountain (or both!) and find relaxation in the sounds made by their waters.

Upgrade your Patio Covers

What if your patio cover can do more than keep your furniture dry during the rainy season? Insulated patio covers protect your patio furniture from changing weather conditions, allow you to spend a comfortable time outdoors, as well as reduce your energy bill.

Ready for Beautiful and Functional Outdoor Spaces?

If you have always wanted an insulated patio roofing but wondered about the cost, contact Just Patios in Brisbane. As the go-to for quality Stratco and insulated patio roofing systems, we will be happy to discuss with you your options and to help you find the product that suits your lifestyle, needs, and budget!

We also feature other products that upgrade your outdoor space’s style, safety, function, and comfort. Call us at 1300 284 531 today or fill out our form and we’ll reach out to you the soonest time possible.

Extend the Living Space of Your Home with an Outdoor Patio Kitchen

The Brisbane climate is perfect for spending time outdoors. With the sunny climate and warm winters, it’s hardly surprising that homeowners love extending their homes to accommodate outdoor living. Having an outdoor entertainment area allows you to host dinner parties, summer BBQ’s and family gatherings while breathing in the fresh air of Mother Nature.

Due to the rise of outdoor living spaces, patio kitchens are becoming a hot trend in Brisbane’s house landscaping projects, and for good reason. They’re fun, functional and make summer entertaining a breeze.

The Benefits of Outdoor Patio Kitchens

  1. Additional cooking options – Creating a kitchen outdoors provides you with the flexibility to try out new techniques and cook healthier food. Outdoor ovens, grills and smokers bring out the fun side of cooking while keeping your interiors free from lingering odours. Grilled food is also less greasy and healthier because the fat drips off the meat when they’re grilled. 
  2. Extension of living/entertainment space – A top benefit of an outdoor kitchen is that it’s a perfect venue to entertain guests. A patio kitchen is ideal for hosting holiday parties, birthdays and other special events. Often, it can get crowded in an indoor kitchen whereas a patio has enough space for friends and family to spread out and socialise in a relaxed environment. When food is being grilled, guests can gather around the BBQ grill and catch up with each other while waiting for dinner. Outdoor kitchens also allow you to prepare meals while chatting with your guests, eliminating the need to run back inside the house for plates, utensils and beverages every other minute.
  3. Increases the value of your property – Nothing looks more appealing in a backyard than a beautiful and functional outdoor kitchen. If you’re looking to sell your property in the future, patio kitchens will make your house easier to market compared to other outdoor home improvement projects. They’re considered a luxury feature so they have high rates of return on investment, especially if they’re made with high-quality and weather-resistant materials.

Design Ideas for Your Outdoor Patio Kitchen

  • Flooring – Natural stone, brick, tile and concrete are great options for outdoor flooring. You don’t want high-maintenance flooring like hardwood outside so opt for materials that are stylish yet durable.
  • Roofing – Choosing the right roofing for your outdoor kitchen is vital in ensuring that your kitchen is protected from the elements. Just Patios offers a range of patio roofing solutions that keep outdoor spaces comfortable and leak-free. If you need polycarb roofing or insulated patio roofing at competitive costs, our strong and beautiful roofing systems will last for years.
  • Built-in cabinets and countertops – Don’t underestimate the need for cupboards outdoors or you’ll find yourself running back and forth between your outdoor and indoor kitchens. You’ll also need preparation spaces like countertops or an island. Make sure they’re durable enough to withstand changes in the weather.
  • Built-in or portable grill – Decide how large of a grill you’ll need for your patio and whether you want one that’s mobile or permanently positioned. You’ll need a larger size if you plan to cook for large crowds but if you’ll just cook for your family, invest in a smaller grill.

Remember patio kitchens are more than just having an oversized grill and a prep area. They can also be designed with stoves, fridges, pizza ovens, ice machines and accompanied by dining and seating areas.

Build Your Outdoor Patio Kitchen with Just Patios

Just Patios is a team of expert patio builders in Brisbane. With over a decade of experience in the business, we offer unparalleled levels of workmanship and customer care. Dedicated to providing our clients with products and services that improve their quality of life, we will help you build and install the outdoor patio kitchen of your dreams.

For more information and enquiries, contact us on 1300 284 531.

Design Ideas to Revamp Your Patio for Fun in the Sun

Is your patio looking outdated or neglected? Have you stopped using it as much as before? If you answered yes to either of the questions, then your patio might need redecorating.

Your patio is an extension of your indoor living environment. It’s a great place to read books, have a cup of tea or entertain guests. If you feel like it lacks function, style and comfort, here are some simple outdoor decor ideas to transform your patio and improve its ambience.

Install screens or enclosures

Screens give the illusion of an outdoor wall that will make you feel like your patio has become another indoor living area. They provide you with privacy from neighbours and additional shade during bright days.

If you want extra protection from outdoor elements, an enclosure allows you to enjoy your outdoor space without being plagued by bugs, insects and other pests. An enclosure is also a great feature that will make outside dining enjoyable and comfortable in any season, as it will protect you and your patio from difficult weather conditions.

Invest in new furniture pieces

Great furniture brings comfort and function to outdoor spaces. Spacious tables and a wicker sofa stocked with ample cushions can transform the patio into a second family room. When choosing furniture for your patio, purchase easy-to-care pieces that will look wonderful even with a bit of wear and tear. Most metal, cedar, teak and all-weather wicker pieces are unfazed by whatever nature throws their way.

Add a dash of colour with pillows, plants and accent rugs

Do you feel like your patio looks dull and boring? Sometimes, you only need a bit of colour to spruce it up. Add some patterned cushions to your seats, put a bright ornament on the table and place some vibrant potted plants. Patterned cushions add a rich layer of visual texture to a space with mostly solid-coloured furniture while bright trinkets and ornaments create focal points. Plants will also bring life to your patio and selecting decorative pots will turn the plants into statement pieces.

Additionally, area rugs will give your patio a splash of style. The rugs are an easy way to add some visual interest and warmth to the space. It doesn’t matter if you go with neutrals, solid colours, modern patterns or animal prints. Any type of rug is an excellent option if you want to enhance the look and feel of your patio.  

Upgrade your roofing

If your patio’s roof is too hot to relax under or it’s an old style with timber beams and corrugated iron, it might be time to upgrade to a roofing system that’s modern and keeps intense temperatures at bay. Insulated roofing works wonders for the aesthetics of your outdoor area, in addition to making it more comfortable. It acts like a force field against bad weather, providing you with a significant amount of control over the climate. With insulated roofing, you won’t have to worry about relaxing in your patio when the sun is at its peak because the panels will protect you from direct heat.

Quality Insulated Roofing Solutions from Just Patios

Want to enjoy your patio even during the hottest days of the year? Just Patios offers quality insulated roofing for patios that are worth the cost. The insulated panels are designed to be installed on any kind of suitable frame, providing homeowners with optimum comfort and lower heating costs in their outdoor living areas.

For more information and enquiries, contact us on 1300 284 531.

A Backyard Retreat: Why You Should Build a Patio

A backyard provides homeowners with a wide open space that can be used for a number of activities. However, due to the weather, kids preferring screen time, a lack of green fingers or a variety of reasons, it can become an under-utilised space on your property. Making it more inviting will encourage your family to spend more time outside ‒ one of the ways to do this is by building a patio. This simple structure has a number of versatile uses that allows you to maximise your property’s space without having to spend too much on construction.

To learn more about the advantages of building a patio for your home, here are some of the ways it can prove a smart investment for your property.

Getting Back to Nature

Part of the beauty of a patio is that it brings you back in touch with nature. Some people choose to stay indoors because of digital distractions and the argument that it is more comfortable inside than out. A patio offers you and your family a balance between indoor and outdoor living. Its simple design allows you to spend time in nature while protecting you from different weather conditions.

Comfortable Outdoor Living

Play Area: For many parents, a patio serves as a practical area for their kids. It provides a safe, sheltered place for kids to play while still being able to breathe in fresh air. Since patios are situated next to the house, you can keep an eye on your kids without hovering over them.

Entertainment Centre: A patio is an ideal space for entertaining guests. For those who choose to keep their patio open, it can serve as an outdoor dining area perfect for barbecues. It gives you a comfortable space for get-togethers whatever the weather. It also gives you the benefit of keeping the mess and clutter of parties outside.  

Rest and Relaxation: The simplest way to utilise a patio is to use it for rest and relaxation. Designing it with comfy furniture and a calming ambience gives you a space that is ideal for reading, meditating, or taking a nap.

Add Value to Your Property

Aside from its functionality and its ability to enhance your property’s visual appeal, a patio, like most home improvements, increases your home’s value. It provides an inexpensive and practical investment that will attract potential buyers when you decide to sell your property.

Just Patios

With Just Patios, we aim to provide you with a patio that is designed and built to suit your needs. We have a wide selection of patio designs that use insulated roof panels, perfect for Brisbane’s climate, particularly during the hot summers. Our team of licensed builders ensure that all projects meet Australia’s building standards. With over 15 years of experience, we are committed to providing Australians with aesthetically pleasing, high quality, and cost-efficient outdoor living areas.

To learn more about our services, call us on 1300 284 531. You may also set an appointment with our team for a consultation; simply fill in the form here:

Using a Carport for Your Boat

A boat is an affordable luxury for many living near the ocean. Much like any vehicle, regular maintenance and proper care ensures prolongs its life. One of the simplest ways to take care of a boat is storing it in a clean and safe place. While some owners leave their boat outside under covers, investing in a proper structure to house the vessel will safeguard it from factors that can cause damages, including corrosion from the salty sea air.

For those who love messing about in the water along the Sunshine Coast, a carport is a good investment for boats. Although typically made and used for cars, a carport is a cost-effective and practical structure to shelter other items and vehicles. The ease of storage, cost of installation compared to a garage or garage extension, and the elimination of mooring fees have made it a popular choice for weekend sailors who choose to keep their boats at home.

Effective Storage

Carports are freestanding structures that have durable roofs with a steel or wooden beam support. Depending on the size of your property, a carport can be designed to accommodate most small boats. Storing your boat in a carport at home will not only make your property look neater and better organised, it will also increase the storage area and improve the value of your property.  It provides overhead protection while giving enough space to move around your boat, to store tools and accessories and conduct maintenance under shelter from the elements.

Protection from the Elements

The Sunshine Coast has an average of seven hours of sunshine a day but the climate can be muggy with up to 75 per cent humidity. While the area does not see much change in its weather, exposure to the elements over long periods of time can result in rust and sun damage. A carport is an effective and convenient way to protect your boat from heat, direct sunlight, and rainfall. This structure also provides cover from bird droppings and stray twigs and leaves from nearby trees.

Better Security

Having your boat underneath a structure next to your home decreases the risk of theft or damage. While a carport is usually open on all sides, it still gives you the benefit of security. Often built on the driveway next to the house, it provides a more secure option for personal belongings and equipment on the boat than if parked on the street or left in a boatyard or marina.

Professionally Made Carports from Just Patios

Just Patios specialises in providing homeowners in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast with patios, room enclosures, and carports. Our team of builders delivers a high standard of workmanship that meets your requirements. We provide high-quality carports that are customised to your needs and are priced competitively to suit your budget. We are committed to providing you with a carport that will help you keep your boat in prime condition.

For more information about our wide range of designs and our construction services, call us on 1300 284 531 or fill in our contact form here:

How Australians Can Spend Less on Energy

It’s not only housing that’s expensive in Australia. Even its utilities are hurting the pockets. Electricity, for example, is increasing over the years. Worse, it might even be the norm in the future unless something changes.

According to the Grattan Institute, the increasing electricity prices in the wholesale market are the new normal. Within two years from 2015, it went up by more than 125%. Household utility costs, meanwhile, ballooned to as much as 20% in 2017.

The solutions to making electricity affordable again are complex. In fact, they involve the direct participation or intervention of the government. That includes promoting climate change policies and shifting from coal power to renewable energy. 

Consumers, though, can do their part. They might not be able to control the electricity prices, but they sure can reduce how much they pay. Here are a few ways:

1. Use Insulating Roofs

A lot of people seem to take for granted the significant role roofs have in improving energy efficiency. For example, a house loses a lot of its heat in the ceiling and the roof. When the thermal loss is high, it can compel an individual to use more heating appliances. In turn, it drives the utility costs up.

A solution to that is using insulated roofing systems. During the summer, they can absorb the excess heat to maintain the coolness of the interiors. In the winter, they can prevent the loss of heat. In other words, using them is a win-win regardless of the season. They are also available in different thicknesses and dimensions. They allow the roofs to suit various types of roofing styles.

2. Skip the Clothes Dryer

A clothes dryer is one of those appliances that can skyrocket your electricity bill. It needs a lot of power to generate enough heat to work. In fact, because it uses a lot of electricity, the Australian government is strict when it comes to its energy standards and ratings. Whenever you can, skip using a clothes dryer. Use it when you already have a full load. Also, consider using a clothesline to hang your clothes.

3. Improve the Ventilation

Ventilation is one of the essential ways to keep your home comfortable and energy efficient. When a proper one is lacking, it increases the risks of high moisture and humidity. It can make a space feeling musty. It also encourages the growth of mould.

Enhancing the home’s ventilation system doesn’t have to break the bank. It can be as simple a shifting to double-glazed windows, which are also useful in improving heat loss. Homeowners can also add more windows or increase their height to allow a better air movement.

4. Get the Family Onboard

It takes a community to help lower the energy costs. There’s no use avoiding a clothes dryer when the spouse keeps on opening the fridge or the children spend a lot of time charging their mobile devices or watching television. It’s important that everyone understands the importance of energy-saving tips and the role each person plays to ensure that the family enjoys some savings.

Some of these methods can give you only a few dollars of savings per week, but don’t be disappointed. By making these into habits, they can accumulate and later amount to several dollars a year. 

The Perfect Outdoor Space: Things that Your Backyard Should Have

Are you in the process of designing or building your backyard space? Or are you planning a long-overdue backyard renovation? To some homeowners, creating a perfect backyard design can be challenging. You’ll have to consider many things to come up with a final design that will complement your main house and serve everyone in your household. 

If you’re considering a sturdy, modern outdoor structure to begin your design plan, there’s a wide range of Stratco patios to choose from. Then you can look into landscaping, outdoor furniture or even pool installations that can complete your design. Before you go through all this, here are some things you should always remember when creating your backyard plan of perfection:  

1. Space

What do you plan to do in your backyard? How much time will you spend lounging or gardening out back? Will it be a place for peace or will you use it to entertain guests? Garden furniture and proper landscaping will need a certain amount of space for it to work with your design. Knowing what activities you plan to have in your backyard will help you in considering what to do with the area you have or how much space you’re going to need. 

2. Privacy

A backyard is always more private than a front yard. This is where you’ll usually go to relax after a hard day’s work or where you’ll host your invite-only summer barbecue: events that you’ll want to keep private. There are many ways to create privacy in your backyard. You can grow tall hedges, install a bamboo fence, or grow tall trees. Whichever style you choose, make sure that it gives you the right kind of privacy that you and your household require.

3. Comfort

This might sound like a no-brainer requirement for the perfect backyard. But you’ll be surprised by how some homeowners don’t put enough thought into how much comfort they can get out of their backyard design. This outdoor space is yours, and you can set it up in whatever style would meet your comfort needs. Thus, make sure to create the ambience of a backyard you can show off to your friends or outdoor space where you can chill out on after a tiring work week.

4. Function

How do you want your backyard to work for you? If you have a lot of space, you can divide it into different sections that can serve different purposes. You can have a play area for the kids, a quiet meditation corner, and a social living area. If you’re working with a smaller space, you can use foldable or multi-purpose furniture as long as they meet your requirements for your backyards intended purpose.

Whether you’re changing an old backyard design or creating a new one, there are endless ways to achieve the outdoor space you’ve always wanted. Just remember to include these elements in your planning, and you’ll create a backyard design that will be your dream come true.