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Alfresco Design Brighton East

Light and bright Alfresco in Brighton East. Create a new outdoor entertainment area and take in the serenity of your own backyard, with one of the leading Alfresco Extension Builders in Melbourne.

Project Overview

Does your living room and kitchen have no covered verandah and look out onto a semi-empty space that you just don’t get around to using to its full potential? Well, why not extend your home with an alfresco area?

The owners of this Californian Bungalow were new to the area. They loved the property, the depth of the north facing backyard and the pool.

So they moved on in, but what they lacked was a covered space for barbeques and entertaining, exercising and just plain lounging around at any time of the day.

“The owners wanted to increase their living area, step outside the back door into a protected zone, and be able to see the newly rejuvenated pool.

They were also keen to keep the roofline simple and consistent to match the existing home, and they were quickly attracted to my design suggestion of installing heaters, a ceiling fan for air circulation.

And skylights to keep the light shining into the house,” says Matt Goodie, Managing Director of Custom Outdoor Living (and the project’s Designer).

“What we love at COL is the diversity of the properties we extend and renovate. Most of our clients know what they want (to a degree), and then we open their eyes to design-inspired opportunities that they might never have thought of, because we’re Registered Builders, Designers and forward thinkers all in one!”

Matt goes on to explain, “Our Alfresco clients in Brighton East cleared the backyard prior to the Alfresco build, and now they’re no longer ‘lost in space’.

They’re now walking under moonlight at night and enjoying sun protection during the day, with a living room view that seamlessly brings the outdoors in.

Through our expertise in architectural design, and by tailoring the project carefully to comply with local Building Regulations in Melbourne, the process was easier than working through an independent Architect.

And to that end we also negotiated with the Local Council to gain permission to build a privacy and fire-rated wall on the boundary.

There was no inkling of wishing and hoping the plans would be approved. We had it pegged from the start.

We worked carefully to their specified budget, and pre-empted their future plans by creating a half wall, to make way for a future outdoor kitchen/barbeque at a later stage.

And a smart weather protecting bar was installed for those late afternoon drinks that might extend long into the evening.”

Practicality, functionality and simplicity were the order of the day, and the owners were delighted with their newly customised, outdoor lifestyle space, featuring energy-efficient low voltage downlights as well.

With natural timber supports and beams complementing the design, the scene is now set to invite the likes of Will Robinson and his whole family over for a spot of fun and a swim as the months roll on.

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Our Difference

Definitive Leadership

The company is owned and managed by Matt Goodie who plays a hands-on role within the company.

Knowledge & Skills

We have forged a solid reputation over two decades, so you know that when you hire us to consult, design and construct your building project, you’re in safe hands.

Fully Registered

Here at Custom Outdoor Living we have 3 levels of registration so you can be assured that you are in good hands.

Our Credentials

Because customer satisfaction means a great deal to us so you can rest assured you’re dealing with a highly reputable and well established local business who is a proud member of the Master Builders Australia and Housing Industry Association.

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''We are so pleased we chose a builder who could see our project through from start to finish. Design, permits and of course the build and fit out. We love our new alfresco room and use it every day. The team listened to understand our vision and it has come to life. Special shout out to the trades who stayed strong through several Covid related lock outs! Thankyou''

Maria & Ash


We are so pleased with our carport. It has been perfectly matched to our home. Custom outdoor living, have taken care of every little detail from the very beginning until the very end. We were always kept up to date with the project. It ran smoothly and was completed on time. We can't recommend them highly enough.

Patrick & Gail


''Matt and the team at Custom Outdoor Living did a fantastic job of designing and building a customised double garage for us.

It has fit in really well next to the house and looks like it has always been there. Their attention to detail was excellent and they explained everything really well. They made the process from design to completion very easy for us.''

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Wheelers Hill

“No hassles or problems…They did all the paperwork and permits … they even cleaned up after themselves…Would highly recommend Matt and the team to work on your next project.

Thanks !!!”

Here, at Custom Outdoor Living (formerly known as Pergolas R Us), we specialise in building timber verandah decking projects that are uniquely tailored to meet your specific needs.