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Our Process

We can work with you to create a premium alfresco area that suits your existing property. Rather than providing pre-planned designs, we offer customised solutions that will suit your home.

Stage 1: Make An Enquiry

Your initial pre-screening process is complimentary.

By placing a phone call or an email enquiry with Custom Outdoor Living, you’re obviously looking for help to make your  new outdoor lifestyle ambitions come to fruition.  

Here at Custom Outdoor Living, we welcome you to make contact with us. We want you to feel completely at home, and comfortable that we are the best construction company to take care of your potential project.  

We excel at designing and creating expanded and more practical living areas, so it’s vitally important for us to get to  know you, to understand what your goals are, and then ascertain exactly what you’re after first. 

Here’s what you can expect: 

  • We’ll ask you some questions – such as the location of your project – so that we can Google Map the details  and explore the true dimensions of your property and any existing buildings. We’ll then need to ascertain if  you’re after a new Alfresco, a Sunroom, an Extension, a Verandah, or a Patio or Decking.  
  • We’ll offer you our professional advice as to whether your ambitions are plausible, and that includes checking to see if your proposal has any alarm bells regarding building regulations, siting issues, and/or bushfire zone  requirements. We’ll also ask you about when you’d like your construction completed by. 

If everything is on the right track, we can then proceed to the next stage and organise an In-home  Consultation with one of our expert Custom Outdoor Living Designers. You’ll benefit from our customised  expertise – and we’ll come to you! Please note: a call-out fee applies for this In-home Consultation.

Stage 2: We’ll Come To Your Home

Your formal onsite consultation.

Once your preliminary enquiry questions have been asked and answered, and you’re serious about taking  things further with us, we’ll be happy to arrange for our Design Consultant to visit you in the comfort of your  own home. At this time, we request that any key decision makers and stakeholders are present, so that we  can truly get the whole picture of your new dream outdoor area. We’ll have already visualised your concept  and done some research on your property, so to explore your space, see the reality of what we’ve already  discussed, and value-add with an onsite meeting brings a whole new sense of actual plausibility to the fore.  This is your opportunity to truly understand and see what is possible.  

In this meeting, we’ll: 

  • Brainstorm for ideas together and give you the benefit of our experience and design expertise by  firstly assessing the area. We’ll take informal measurements of your space and ascertain the existing  conditions that may impact on any design options that you (and we) have in mind. 
  • Hand-sketch some concepts based on the reality of your situation, and begin mapping out any  potential pitfalls and problems that might need to be resolved.  
  • Showcase a selection of our previous projects to give you a taste of our capabilities, and feed you  some ideas that can enhance your physical area further.  
  • Discuss your dream ideals, give you an estimation of what those dreams may cost (in reality) and  then work with you to establish a healthy budget and options of what you can expect to achieve, so  that we can get your project underway. We want you to feel at ease with any decisions that might  follow by knowing what’s involved, and how much it is going to cost. 
  • Discuss, in deeper detail, what comes next, how our building process is handled, and share with you  information about our reputation for excellence and complete customer satisfaction.
  • Answer any other questions you have so that you feel confident about entering into a formal  agreement with us at Custom Outdoor Living, knowing that we understand your personal sense of  style, and that we’re committed to delivering a customised solution that complements your home  and family lifestyle for many years to come. 
  • When all of the above has been said and done, we’ll discuss and detail our Preliminary Design  Agreement process.

Stage 3: Formalised Concept & Planning Begins

Your Customised Design Process.

Kicking your actual project into gear is the next stage, and here we’ll take your concept and bring it alive with our  Preliminary Design Agreement process. This, in turn, becomes a Formal Design Agreement and we’ll completely  customise everything from here on, to truly get your project underway. At this time, it is always wise to have on hand any available property or house plan information. Then, working to the budget we’ll have already discussed,  we follow a three-step process. This will involve: 

Step 1: 

  • Consultancy to finalise the Design Brief 
  • Checking provisional Town Planning / Building Dispensation information  
  • Establishing if a copy of the original house plans are available. Sourcing these plans (if they are unavailable) will incur an extra fee. 
  • Downloading relevant Titles, Subdivisions and Covenants that apply to your property Sourcing Council Property information  
  • Assessing easement information if required. Additional fees may apply. 
  • BAL assessment if required. Additional fees may apply. 

Step 2:

  • Soil Testing and a further Site Assessment of existing conditions will be conducted to gather relevant  information 
  • We’ll assess any logistical issues that may affect the construction (such as landfall, the need for restumping,  drainage issues, etc.) 
  • Then we’ll establish if the services of an Engineer are required. If so, additional fees may apply.  

Step 3: 

  • One set of Conceptual Drawings (including the site, elevation and floor plan) will be drawn and provided We’ll carry out provisional costings, and 
  • Our Custom Outdoor Living Design Consultant will book another appointment with you, and any other key  stakeholders, to review the now formalised concept, provisional costings, and possible permitting issues. 

Step 4:

  • Once any issues are resolved and changes are decided upon, we’ll then proceed to the Contract Signing  stage, before submitting official Permit Applications and seeking the relevant approvals for your new outdoor  living project.

Stage 4: Building – Project Management

Now we make it happen.

Once your Building Permit has been issued, it’s time for our professional Custom Outdoor Living team  to show you how efficiently we can get on with the construction phase of your project.

Your Project Manager will regularly meet with you onsite, and address any issues or concerns that you  may have throughout the entire construction period. 

The Project Manager’s role is to physically keep a close eye on things, communicate effectively with  you, take care of any planning and materials coordination requirements (to keep your project on  schedule as much as possible), and ensure that our Quality Control and safety standards are adhered  to. They will also ensure that all mandatory and regulatory inspections are carried out by Council, as  per the schedule, and at the required intervals. 

As a Registered and Leading Builder in Melbourne, with over two decades of experience, we use a  targeted set of processes to systematically step through each stage of the building construction, and  you can feel assured that we’ll make ourselves available to answer any questions you have along the  way. 

Stage 4: Completion

Time to move on in & enjoy your new Custom Outdoor Living area!

You’ll enjoy: 

A Fixed Completion Date 

Complete Customer Satisfaction 

Our Exemplary Record for Quality Home Extensions and Renovations. 

With your project completed to the highest standards, you’ll be move-in-ready in no time at all.  

With Custom Outdoor Living’s expertise in the Consultancy, Design and Construction of your building project, you’re in safe hands.

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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.

Create Your Dream Space Today

Submit your details today and one of our design consultants will give you a call within 24 to 48 hours.




''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 !!!”

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