Alfresco Design Hughesdale

We’re a happy team at Hughesdale. An open space, transformed by strategically placed footlights, a magnificent outdoor kitchen, and a seamless design has the owners of this new Alfresco feeling like winners at the M.C.G. (well, almost!).

Project Overview

Custom Outdoor Living in Melbourne specialise in taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary, and with this project they had permission to ‘pull out all the stops’.

“The owners wanted to take full advantage of the paving they already had in place, extend out from their existing house/garage roofline, and maximise their outdoor living lifestyle options all year round

We consulted and worked with them regarding what they wanted carefully, presented them with a concept design that would add both value and chic style to their home, and then began the building process of the dominant structure.

In a few short months this gorgeous Alfresco in Melbourne was complete, and when the final siren rang out we all knew we had a home run on the board.

The owners wanted to have a strong hand in creating their new space, and we were very happy to co-design and construct with them. They supplied and installed the fabulous kitchen, high-end heaters, helped out bricking-in the half wall, and arranged for the completion of the tiling.

“It was a great co-operative experience.” Matt Goodie, Managing Director of Custom Outdoor Living, and the Project Designer, suggested they block the neighbouring property with a solid wall, place the kitchen along the garage’s brick wall (to meet fire rating codes), and institute a half-height brick barrier to help contain the weather at the other end.

The owners already had a very stylish outdoor lounge area, so this area was designated for family dining and entertaining.

The floor area of this Alfresco in Melbourne was raised a little and beautifully tiled, then highlighted with built-in, energy-efficient LED lights in the ceiling, the floor, AND along the lower reaches of the brick half-wall.

The roofline was extended, with tiles that matched the existing home, creating a design flow of perfect symmetry, and the underside now features a superb Cedar lining, gas heaters, sound system speakers.

And then, of course, there’s the two wine fridges, the dishwasher, the rangehood – just everything (including the kitchen sink) to make this Alfresco fully functional and easy to clean – and it all just looks as if it’s always been there.

There’s now privacy, protection and something of a pavilion to enjoy in Hughesdale, and Custom Outdoor Living in Melbourne is proud to have been able to partner with the owners to bring this Alfresco to life.

“We don’t do things by halves at Custom Outdoor Living,” says Matt. “We have a reputation for perfection in our finishes and attention to detail, and by taking care of the Design AND Construction processes for you.

We can aesthetically assess your project for both practicality and what is permitted (as Registered Builders) , and take the entire concept from beginning to end.

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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.