Garden As Extra Room

Nowadays we all want the back of our houses to open up to our backyards. It makes sense. A great garden functions like an extra room and the flow should be as seamless and easy as possible. But what's involved in this most sought-after renovation? Major works and big bucks? In this story we look at how three different homeowners have tackled the task.

Using an architect

We speak with Architect, John House who designed, sourced and managed this project. This house was designed and built from scratch, and the installation of the doors is merely one process in many of the house being completed. These bi-folds are a propriety system made from aluminium and have been anodised to provide that protective finish. They are made by Centor, and were installed by The Joinery Shop. They took four months to manufacture, a day to install, and cost $1500 per panel plus installation.

Using a builder

Here a builder was consulted and contracted to oversee the job. Greg the builder, with the help of some of his mates, completed the job in just a day, costing around $6,000-$5,000 for the doors, and $1,000 for the labour) The timber deck leading down into the yard took an extra 3-4 days and cost about $9,000. All up the job cost about $15,000. Very cost-effective and a big advantage for timber cottages that the labour involved in knocking through the wall is so quick and easy.

Owner builder

Home owners, Sandy and Cameron, sourced materials and project managed the building process. Sandy and Cameron chose their aluminium slick design bi-folds from an Australian company called Stegbar, ordering their doors made to measure, which usually takes around 6-8 weeks to deliver. The builder took about a day to knock the whole in the wall and about another 2 days to install the doors to a perfect finish. The doors cost about $3,000 for the four panels measuring about 3-4m wide. The builder's fee ended up being about $1,500 as a bit of extra work was required - $4,500 in total.


John House - Architect

Nu-Town Services - Builder
Greg Hopping
Ph/Fax : 9516 3306 (M) 0410 657 954

Tel : 1800 681 168

Centor Products

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Posted by Keith216Report
Home renovation is the perfect opportunity for creating a tie between your interior and your exterior. The poor backyard becomes a bit of a second priority in everyday living, so plan ahead and create some kind of continuity between inner space and backyard. In this way, you’ll influence not only your home design but your lifestyle. Read more tips on backyard renovation: