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DIY garden planter & birds bath

Do you love to spend your lazy afternoons on  your patio? Do you enjoy the warm breeze and the sounds of the chirping of the birds? Who wouldn’t? It feels good to be close to nature! If your an outdoor person, make your patio more inviting! Why not do some DIY project that you can use as a patio decor?

A DIY garden planter & birds bath perhaps? That sound’s great! A planter will surely make your patio cosy and a bird bath does look pretty awesome too! Here’s a tutorial from Home Stories on how to create a DIY garden planter & birds bath.

Bird bathSo, how to create this stunning project? Prepare the materials first.


  • 1 243cm tall terracotta pot for the base
  • 4 182cm tall pots
  • 1  120-150″ tall pot
  • 157 cm piece of rebar
  • Spray paint primer
  • Spray paint in your colour choice
  • Discarded globe from “boob light”.
  • Little ceramic bird (Optional but uber cute.)
  • Household/Aquatic Adhesive

Note: Please use your own measurements and judgement when recreating this project. These are just guidelines to follow. Be creative and add your own flair, pot sizes, rebar size, birdbath top, paint colour, etc.

All set and ready? Here’s what to do next!


spray painted pots1. Prime all of your pots and then spray paint them in whichever colour you choose. You can use 1 spray paint colour or mix and match – the choice is yours. For this, we use blue spray paint.




flower planter bird bath2. Measure the height of all of your pots and then add 61cm to that number to determine the length of your rebar. Cut your rebar to size using a hacksaw. Use a hammer to pound the rebar into the ground at least two feet down so that it will hold your heavy pots.



diy garden3. Thread your pots onto the rebar and fill with soil. Alternately tilt each pot from right to left, filling with soil as you go.




Tilt opposite4. Thread the next pot into the rebar and tilt in opposite direction.





pound rebar5. Keep layering the pots until you reach the end. Pound rebar into the ground further if needed.





Bowl6. Take the globe from a flush-mount light (frequently found at second hand shops) and place it onto the top of the rebar. The bowl will be resting on the top flower pot but the rebar should thread all the way up into the birdbath bowl. Don’t have a globe? Use a bowl. Use adhesive to attach the bird and to seal around the gap between the bowl and rebar hole. You might want to wait 24 hrs for the adhesive to dry off completely so don’t put water yet.

And, plant your flowers and enjoy! See, so easy to make, takes a little of your time but the result can be rewarding! Enjoy your new DIY garden planter and bird bath!

DIY garden planter & birds bath
Does your patio look boring or tired? Are you thinking of upgrading your patio? For all your patio needs, contact CPR Outdoor Centre. Whether it’s an upgrade or you want to build a patio from scratch, we can handle it for you. Contact us now on 08 9726 2311 for our Bunbury office and 08 9754 2657 for Busselton. 

Make your patio look expensive without spending much!

Gable Patio truss off centre (Bell) 2Do you want to redecorate your patio? What about having that posh, stylish look? Is there something you can do to make your patio look expensive without actually spending a lot?

Yes,  you can – with the right design and style; you can make your patio look luxurious! Give your patio a luxe update with these budget-friendly tips:

  • Pick a décor style
  • Coordinate furniture
  • Create a distinct space
  • Make a grand entrance
  • Incorporate comfort

Pick a décor style

Choose a style and stick to it. While it is not a bad idea to mix and match, having too many competing styles can be confusing. Pick a style and focus on it – choose décor and colour scheme that goes well with your style. Having a synchronised design can be relaxing and will look expensive too.

Gable Edwards Finished 2Coordinate furniture

A coordinated look goes a long way – it can create an elegant look for your patio. Your patio will look posh and classy in an instant. Not everything needs to be made from the same materials, but the pieces should all work together to create a coordinated look.

Create a distinct space

Did you notice what is common with luxurious patios? They have distinct spaces for every activity – this is where we eat, this is where we play and this is where we lounge with our drinks. You can create this luxury feel by grouping your furniture so that each of the groups can create a clear purpose.

Make a grand entrance

Your patio entrance should look lavish too! It is the door to your patio and the first thing that your guests will notice. First impressions are everything! Consider adding plants or changing your door knob or kick plate – it can make a huge difference to your patio entrance.

side elevation 2Incorporate comfort

An opulent patio doesn’t just look comfortable – it should also feel like you are having the best day of your life. Consider the indoor items you use the most and integrate them into your outdoor space. It can be as simple as putting a large TV or install a bar where you can enjoy a favourite drink or two!

Make your patio look expensive without spending too much!

Yes – with just a few tricks, you can make your patio look expensive without spending a lot! Don’t have a patio yet? Contact CPR Outdoor Centre for all your patio need. We offer installation and repair services on patios, carports and garages. Ring us today 08 9726 2311 for our Bunbury office or 08 9754 2657 for Busselton and get a free quote.

Make your patio cosy for winter!

Gable - Enclosed with slatsAussies love being outside. Whenever the weather is lovely, we enjoy the outdoors. What’s not to like? The sun, fresh air and hosting al fresco for family and friends. However, when winter sweeps in, does this mean we seek shelter inside? No – with a few clever tricks, you can make your patio cosier and turn it into an outdoor space that you can use all year round.

Do you want to use your patio during the chilly season?

You don’t have to leave your patio during winter. It can be the perfect space to enjoy long, warm evenings with the family. How to? Here are some winter tips for you.

  • Invest in some blinds. You will be surprised at how much wind can be blocked by puling down a blind or 2 to create a perfect cosier corner in your patio.
  • Build a firepit. This will make winter nights warmer. If you are in a rental or don’t want to make this kind of investment, you can use a gas heater around your patio. A great way to create a campfire feel!
  • Use brightly coloured accessories. Brightly coloured pillows and rugs can make your area look warmer. Plus, seeing colours in the winter would surely brighten up your chilly winter days and nights.
  • Snuggle up, have a few big cushions and a rug. Perfect for snuggling up with a hot cuppa and a book. You can even take some time out and snuggle up with your beloved.

Reverse Flat patioMake your patio cosy for winter!

Enjoying your patio during winter is achievable. With the use of a few tricks above, you will be able to enjoy yourself in the winter months instead of staying indoors throughout the cold season.

You don’t have a patio yet? Contact CPR Outdoor Centre for all your needs. We can build your patio anytime – yes, even during the winter season! Just call us and let us know about your needs. Ring us today for a free quote, call on 08 9726 2311 for our Bunbury office or 08 9726 2311 for our Busselton office.

Can I have a patio built in winter?

Lovely patio by CPRPatios are for summertime barbeques, happy hour, sunbathing in lounge chairs with family and friends. When you want to show off your backyard, you can entertain your guests on your patio too. There is only one problem – you don’t have a patio yet. Now that winter is almost here, is it possible to build a patio? You might say it’s not because of the cold weather but, surprise, surprise – a patio can be built anytime – even during winter!

Building a patio in winter

Winter is actually the best time to build your patio. Yes, it allows you to get ready for great spring days and the summer. Apart from that, here are several reasons why it’s a good idea to build your patio in winter.

• Materials for construction are easy to get and generally less waiting time
• Patio construction is less damaging to grass and plants.
• Gives you so much room space for some winter activities.

Gable Patio and BBQMaterials for construction are easy to get and generally less waiting time

Most patio builders are not so busy during this time which means you won’t have to wait very long for your project to start compared to building a patio during “rush season” where they are attending to a lot of projects.

Patio construction is less damaging to grass and plants

Patio builders would have to carefully move around your well-manicured lawn, so they will not damage your grass and plants but not during winter. The cold and frost will protect the ground underneath so that the grass will look brand new after the winter.

Gives you so much room space for some winter activities

Once your patio has been erected, you can enjoy a lovely night in front of a fire pit. Watching winter turn to spring in the comfort of your patio is an enjoyable feeling, right?

Can I have a patio built in winter?

Yes – absolutely! For all your patio needs, contact CPR Outdoor Centre. We can finish your patio in time – unless there is a prolonged period of heavy rain of which, we will inform you ahead of time. Call us today and let’s discuss your patio needs.

Great Patio by CPR Outdoor Centre

What do I need to consider before having a patio built?

Gable patioWant to build a patio? Here are 5 important things to consider before you start so you can achieve that lovely feel you want in your new outdoor living area.

Things to consider before building a patio:

  1. Location
  2. Budget
  3. Size
  4. Site works
  5. Materials


Want to make outdoor entertaining easier? Place your patio right near your kitchen or even better incorporate an outdoor kitchen into your new patio design; you will be able to serve your guests faster and really enjoy your new outdoor space.

Depending on the purpose of your patio, that will dictate the location of where you will need your patio built. Patios provide great shade especially on the east and west sides of your house. Prevent the hot sun hitting the walls of your home and you will find cooling your house so much easier this summer.


Gable with lattice infillPlan your patio design that will suit your budget. Make a list of your needs and talk to a patio company about what will suit. If your budget is tight and you are handy on the tools a DIY kit might be a great option for you.


Decide on the size of your patio while considering the furniture and the activities that you plan to do in it. If you would like to have an eight-seat outdoor setting then the paved area needs to be big enough to accommodate this plus space to move around. Or if you only want a couple of sun lounges small patio size will do.

Prepare adequate space for entertaining and outdoor heaters that will  become handy during cool evenings. Check with your council to make sure how close you can build to the fence etc, your patio contractor can advise you here.

Site works

Consider your site. Does the area need to be levelled? Do you need retaining walls, extra fencing and any other things that need to be done to accommodate your patio and proposed landscaping? The right landscaping will give it a comfy and tranquil atmosphere for entertaining plus turn an ordinary backyard into something special.


gableChoose appropriate materials when planning to build a new patio. Some councils and shires have regulations on the colours and materials that some buildings, like sheds and patios can be built from. ColourBond is a great patio material for the Australian climate.

Flooring, are you going to have a concrete floor, or are you thinking about paving? Create a lovely patio perimeter with plants and low-voltage lighting to enhance the beauty of your patio. Do you need a low wall to enclose your area?

What do I need to consider before having a patio built?

Consider these 5 things to create the perfect patio in your backyard and really enjoy your leisure time.

Where to start?

CPR Outdoor Centre are your patio people and all quotes are free. We can custom build you a patio to suit your exact needs. CPR Outdoor Centre are local and if you decide to go with the full installed option we will do everything for you including all shire and relevant approvals, so easy you don’t have to lift a finger.

Need help building your patio or renovate the old one?

Contact CPR Outdoor Centre to discuss your patio needs. Ring us today in Busselton on 9754 2657 or Bunbury on 9726 2311 to get a FREE quote and discuss your needs.

Is it possible to use your patio all year round?

gable (2)Patios get plenty of use when the weather is nice but when the leaves fall and the temperature drops, chances are, you instantly evacuate your outdoor space. When you’re craving for the outdoors in winter, what should you do? Or when you want to experience nature but the sun is too hot?

You can still continue to use your patio by creating a cosy and comfortable space. By this, you can make the most of your outdoor area all year round. Here’s how to better use your patio all year round.

Use splashes of colours

When designing your patio – using décor or adding furniture, always include lots of colour. Use colourful rugs, table clothes and pillows. You can also place pots of flowering plants – they can instantly brighten the darkest of corners.

Use blinds

You stay away from your patio because of the wind chill or the sun’s heat. Thankfully, you can combat it by installing patio blinds. They can block the wind from coming in and can be rolled up during a nice weather. They can also make any outdoor space lovelier and can make sitting outside more enjoyable!

Enhance your lighting

To make your space more relaxing and inviting, upgrade to several smaller fixtures instead of using a single bulb. That way, you can easily fix or adjust where the light shine, creating a spotlight to enhance a feature or more subtle mood lighting. This will make your patio attractive all year round.

Make these minor adjustments and make your patio the perfect place to hang out no matter the season!

Is it possible to use your patio all year round?

Yes it is. For your patio needs, contact CPR Outdoor Centre. We offer different kinds of well designed patios and do the installation too. We are your patio people. We’re here to help you. Call now for free quotes.

What makes a free standing patio a great idea?

free standing patioA great way to enjoy the outdoors is to add a patio. It is the perfect addition to your home where you can relax and unwind in the comfortable of your home. The idea of a patio is to have a livable space as your home extension. However, there are instances where homeowners prefer to build a free standing patio.

Free standing patios

These are types of patios that are not actually connected to your home. So, is it less convenient and comfortable? No – free standing patios work just like the attached patios. They offer both comfort and the extra space that you need. They are the perfect patio options if you don’t have much space beside your home. Why build a small, uncomfortable patio in a tiny space when you can build it elsewhere?

Surprisingly, there are several reasons why a free standing patio can be great for your home. Here are the lists:

  • Can be modified easily
  • Easier to expand
  • Variety of designs and styles
  • Ease access to other features in your yard like you swimming pool or to make an outdoor kitchen

Dome_patioCan be modified easily

If you want to make some changes or add something, you can always do it easily. Unlike an attached patio where you need to consider your home first, a free standing patio can be modified as you wish and it will still look fabulous. Any changes made will not affect your home’s aesthetic appeal since it’s not attached.

Variety of designs and styles

A patio attached to your home should complement your home design as well as the vacant space. So, if you want a larger patio but your remaining space is limited, you’ll have to make the most of what space you have. On the other hand, a free standing patio can be custom designed according to your taste. It can be a combination of 1 or 2 different styles and yet, you don’t have to worry about its impact on your home at all.

Perfect to extend your pool area or make an outdoor kitchen

gable Are you looking for a gazebo style patio to extend your pool area or an outdoor kitchen with a pizza oven. You can have a freestanding patio built anywhere it is not restricted to the layout of your home. Be sure to check your council regulations some shires restrict how close you can build to your fence and some estates have specific building envelopes that you must not build outside of. Need help call CPR Outdoor Centre and we can help you with the regulations regarding your area.

What makes a freestanding patio a great idea?

Whether you want a free standing or a patio attached to your home, contact CPR Outdoor Centre. We can build a patio to suit your needs and budget as well. Ring us today to discuss your needs with us and we can arrange a free onsite inspection too.

4 ways to choose a patio builder that is right for you!

Mary-Anne' Patio by CPR Outdoor CentreHaving a patio at home can be a great place to unwind, it is an entertainment area and adds value to your home.

If you are planning to install a patio, you might need to consider a few important factors. Having the correct and an experienced patio builder can save you a lot of time, gives you proper guidance for building your patio and you will be at ease that your investment won’t go to waste.

Here are 4 ways to choose the right builder for you.

  • Go Local
  • Look at past projects
  • Visit Showrooms
  • Read Reviews

Go local – Use a local patio builder

gable by CPRChoosing a local company is a must, you need a company from your area. They know the local laws, guidelines and permit procedures in your area. A local company can do a site visit with you and will a pre-existing relationships with councils and other contractors that you may need like concreters.

Take a view at the companies past projects

You need to search for a company with a proven track record.They must be committed, responsible and fully understand the project you are trying to create. Ask to view past projects and if possible speak to past customers.

Drop into their showroom

There is nothing more convincing than going out and seeing the actual designs. Take a visit their showroom. You will be able to examine the quality and it gives you ideas on your designs.

Gable Patio and BBQDo some homework

Different companies perform differently. It is necessary to look for feedback – whether it is negative or positive, it is very helpful. Feedback is a valuable piece of information that will help you in your choices. You will be able to tell from their previous or present clients if they are reliable, trustworthy and committed.

Looking for a patio builder in Bunbury or Busselton

For all your patio needs, contact CPR Outdoor Centre for your obligation free quote. We make a huge range of patio designs for you to choose from; dome, flat, gable, hip end or even custom roof designs. We will build a patio that suits your needs and is designed especially for you.

Don’t delay! Call in and visit us at 5 Barnard Street in Bunbury or at 30 Barlee Street in Busselton. We look forward to doing business with you.

Deck or patio: Which one is right for you?

Custom flat with columns2 worthy outdoor spaces, 1 tough question: deck or patio?

When you are about to invest in an outdoor project, you want to carefully consider all the factors – from the cost of the installation, all the way through to the maintenance. Of course, you want to make the most out of your choice, so you need to know everything.

Deck or patio?

These 2 are both great additions to your home, but choosing can be difficult. Let’s define each outdoor space first. A deck is an outdoor platform that extends from a house without a roof, while a patio is a paved area situated directly to the ground. A patio can be attached to your home or can be free standing. Both outdoor spaces are good for entertaining guests and enjoying the nature but, when choosing, you have to consider your needs and budget.

patio BusseltonYour budget

Decks can sometimes be more expensive while patios are known to be a little cheaper. Well, the materials used may contribute to its cost but generally speaking, installing a patio directly into the ground costs less compared to having a deck.


Decks are roofless which means;they are usually exposed to the harsh weather. Depending on the materials being used, a deck may require staining and sealing every couple of years. On the other hand, patios don’t require a lot of maintenance. Sealing your patio is optional. Normally, a sweep or use of a leave blower regularly can make your patio look nice and clean.

More privacy

Patios are built much lower compared to decks and have more flexibility in design so you can have a style that offers you privacy. However, since a deck can be built above the ground, it may offer less privacy, but give you are better outlook instead.

gable patioDeck or patio: Which one is right for you?

The answer really depends on your preference. Depending on your needs, there are times when a deck may be more suitable for your home. However, a patio may also meet your requirements. Whatever your choice, don’t forget to have an enjoyable outdoor experience with your friends and family!

Deck or patio: Why not have both?

Remember it doesn’t have to be a one or the other you can always start with a patio and then have your decking added later or if your budget allows have both done at the same time.

Do you want to install a patio, with or without decking? Contact CPR Outdoor Centre for all your needs. We can build your dream patio and make your outdoor experience more enjoyable! Ring us today for a free quote.

How to make the most of your patio?

Enclosed patio for your needs by CPR Outdoor CentreThinking about building a beautiful outdoor area? A patio is the perfect thing for you. Extra space, great for entertaining, getting the children outside. You will wonder how you ever lived without one.

Enclosed patio for your needs

Patios comes in different styles and designs. One of the most popular and common choice for many people is the enclosed patio. If you already have a patio, no worries! You can do something to have it enclosed.  Patio enclosures are an ideal way to extend your living and entertaining space without having the need to spend a lot of money just to add a room. Perfect to be outside even in this winter weather.

You can turn your existing patio into and outdoor room or have a new one built. An enclosed patio can be as simple as a roof supported by a couple of columns and have screens or walls right through to a fully enclosed and insulated patio room.

Patio enclosure options

For all weather living, dining and relaxing, an enclosed patio is perfect for you.

There are many patio enclosure options that you can choose from but these options should depend on many things such as:

  • Weather
  • Budget
  • Style

You need to consider these things in order to create the right enclosed patio that will suit your needs.

How to make the most of your patio?

For a free measure and quote and to discuss your needs and requirements call CPR Outdoor Centre. We have 2 factories, one in Bunbury and one in Busselton. We service the whole of the south west of Western Australia from Mandurah to Collie, Harvey, Bunbury, Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, down to Augusta and our to Bridgetown and Donnybrook plus all areas in between.

Want to have an enclosed patio or any time of patio, shed, garage or carport? Contact CPR Outdoor Centre. Let us build you a beautiful, functional enclosed patio all year round!