Category Archives: Sheds

Everything you need to know about DIY carports

Carports for every needDIY carports are perfect for you:

  • Do you need a carport to protect your vehicles and keep them out of the rain
  • Handy for extra space when having a party
  • Great to store bikes or a small cupboard for garden tools.

Having DIY carports might seems like a daunting task, but you’d be surprised at how simple and easy they to install if you have the time and skills.

What are DIY carports?

DIY carports stand for Do-It-Yourself carports. They are carports that come in kits so you can put them together on your own or with the help of one or two other people. They are also a project that can be installed quickly (full kits have all the components you need). Your new carport can be generally be built over a weekend or during a couple of days you have off from work.

What makes DIY carports a good choice?

The beauty of installing DIY carports is that comes as a kit is that it contains everything that you could possibly need which includes:

  • Structural support such as beams, post and trusses
  • Roofing sheets cut according to your needs
  • Galvanized bolts, screws and other fixing that you might need
  • Decorative elements that you have ordered
  • A step by step instructions that will guide you when installing your own DIY carport

DIY carports are extremely cost effective because

  • You don’t have to pay for the installation process.
  • You can have the kit as a standard sizes or you customized to your exact requirements.
  • You don’t have to buy specialized tools as basic tools will be enough to help you installing your own carport.

DIY kit can be delivered right to your home. This is great because you don’t have to worry about how you will get your new carport kit home.

What is NOT included in a DIY Carport Kit is:

  • Site or ground works, clearing the area for your new carport
  • Flooring, eg concrete slab or brick pavers
  • Council or Shire Building permit

You must apply for a building permit and abide by your local government rules when building a new carport even if it is from a DIY Carport Kit.

CPR Outdoor Centre can supply you with a full DIY kit from out standard range or customized to your exact requirement or if you would prefer we can handle everything including the building permit with a fully installed carport. Come and have a chat with CPR Outdoor in Bunbury and Busselton to discuss your needs or fill in our quote form.

 

What is the Best Shed for Your Yard?

shed (3)Adding a shed to your backyard is a great idea. A shed will give you that much needed extra space to store, organise and protect your lawn and garden equipment when they are not in use. A shed also offers many other benefits as a place to work and play. However, building the wrong type of shed will not increase storage or value to your home, but decrease it, becoming an eyesore that does nothing to meet your needs.

There are sheds that are made to house small items. Most of the time, they have flat walls to install shelves on as well as hooks to hang tools etc. Then there are those that are built larger and can store practically anything from bikes to machinery. With these sheds, a large door is important to get items in and out.

Shed with CarportThe style of your shed will primarily depend on the equipment that you plan to store in it. Let’s take a look at the general shed styles and learn a little more about them.

Gable Shed

This traditional shed look the triangle A frame, providing a lot of flexible space. Gable sheds are mostly fitted with a large door at one end.

Its large interior space allows it to provide a variety of storage needs. Sometimes, it is built with windows for ventilation and two doors on both ends for easy access. Having two doors makes it easier to get a hold of the needed items without having to crawl and rummage through everything.

Shed for extra spaceFlat Roofed Shed

This type of shed as the name suggests has a flat roof, great for small sheds that house pumps, garden tools and the like. It can be built with windows and a door.

Flat roofed sheds can have a single roof sloping forward from its high back wall and be made with large doors to fit in scooters and bikes. This will be perfect for the garden as its tall back wall can be attached with shelves and hooks to store and hang gardening tools.

Barn Shed

This is the largest shed that you can possibly have in your backyard. Its roof features a two-shade design, providing a lot of interior height, just like that of a traditional barn. Initially, it slopes out from its peak gently in a downward slope before changing to a steeper pitch.

Its plans come in a variety of sizes and can house anything from garden tools to cars. This is the ultimate in shed for storage and can be built in practically any kind of home.

What is the Best Shed for Your Yard?

The best shed for you depends on your needs and wants.CPR Outdoor Centre are your shed specialists and can supply you with a free quote. We can come out to your home/office or site and discuss your needs.

Contact our specialists today for all of your shed needs and enquiries to suit your budget.  We know our sheds! Call us today at CPR Outdoor Centre on 08 9726 2311 in Bunbury or 08 9754 2657 in Busselton.

4 mistakes you don’t want to do when building a garage!

Garages built by CPR Outdoor CentreNeed a new garage?

That is exciting!

Stop, hold on a minute, read these 4 mistakes you don’t want to do when building a garage and this article might save you getting yourself into trouble.

Did you know that lots people make mistakes when building a new garage because they don’t understand the process needed from planning to the installation of your new garage?

Let’s go through these 4 main mistakes

  1. Not Planning
  2. DIY – not allowing enough time
  3. Not getting a building permit
  4. Incorrect foundation or ground works

1. Not planning how they will use the garage

What do you want your garage to do?

  • Are you just storing your car
  • Do you need extra space for a small workshop
  • A must have man cave?

Think about what you want to do in your garage and then you can plan accordingly. If you want a bit of a man cave then you might like to add a personal access door and a window. A window would also be great in the workshop area. The size of your garage will be determined by what you want to use it for. An extra metre or two in size now could make a world of difference.

2. DIY Project – not enough time

Building a garage can be a big job and can be a great project if you have the right skills and time. The biggest mistake people make on a DIY project is that they don’t realise how much time it will take when you only have the weekends to build your new garage. It really does help to have a mate nearby to give you a hand, manoeuvring sheets of steel is much easier with two people. If you can’t allocate multiple weekends to build your new garage a DIY project may not be the best option for you.

3. Not getting a building permit – BEFORE you start

You must have a building permit to build a garage and some areas have strict regulations and codes of the type of garage you can build. Check with your local shire or council to see if there are any caveats on what type of garage you can build in your area. Size, shape and colour can be restricted so check before you buy your DIY kit and you must apply for a building permit before you start.

4. Incorrect foundation or ground works

You need to think about the foundations and ground work needed to build your shed before you start.

  • What type of flooring are you going to have?
  • Do you need to excavate the site to get a flat pad?
  • Do you need to bring in fill or sand to make your pad?

If you are planning to use your garage to store your car and other heavy equipment vehicles, make sure the foundations are strong enough to withstand it. The concrete has to be thick enough to support the weight of these stored items and keep the water out.

Don’t make mistakes with your new garage?

Taking note of these mistakes and how to avoid them could save you from having a huge headache later! For your garage needs, contact CPR Outdoor Centre.

We offer a full garage installation service for you, from planning, to getting permits and installing it the way you want it to look like. We can sell DIY kits too. Ring us to discuss your needs today.

 

 

How to maintain your patio to keep it beautiful

gable (10)You love your patio. You do want to use it all year round, don’t you?

Well, good news! You can continue to spend your lazy times on your patio doing your favourite book or with a bunch of friends – you just have to set some time to maintain your patio.

The importance of maintaining your patio

Your patio, like any parts of your home, needs some TLC from you. Patios are located outside which makes them vulnerable to outdoor elements such as rain, wind and heat from the sun.

  • Your patio can be damaged if you don’t check it from time to time. Prevention is always the best form of cure.
  • Check your patio to see if any components need to be replaced. Patio maintenance allows you to prevent damage from happening.
  • A well-maintained patio can last for a long time. You can use it all year round too – whether it’s winter, spring, summer or autumn.

By doing a bit of maintenance, you can keep your patio functional and beautiful all throughout the year. Here are some things to do:

Get rid of weeds

If you see some weeds crawling up the poles of your patio, remove them. Pull them out before they become a problem.

Clean your patio

Sweep your patio and get rid of any rubbish you see in your patio. Remove stains, mould and dirt if you see any. A clean patio is a beautiful patio!

Clean the Gutters

Clean the leaves from the gutter and cobwebs from the ceiling of your patio will help prevent damage caused by dirt build up. If your gutters are filled with leaves, they can cause the drains to overflow and over time cause many problems.

How to maintain your patio

Follow these tips on maintaining your patio and it will look beautiful all year round and last for a long time.

Want to install patio, add to your existing or make some improvements?

Contact CPR Outdoor Centre and get your free quote today!

What is the right shed for me?

NewShedWant a shed, need a shed?

Everyone needs a shed. Whether it’s to house your car,  store things, hide things or just protect your valuables. Tired of finding that extra space to store your gardening tools and other items? A shed is the prefect answer for you!

The perfect shed for you.

Think about what your shed will be used for Tractors  / Farm Equipment, Cars / Boat or Caravan, Lawn mower and other yard equipement, Other items you don’t use anymore or need to store.

Your shed is the perfect place to store all of these things! Installing shed – whether small or big – will give you that extra space storage. Not only that, a shed will also protect your items from:

  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Animal attacks
  • Theft

Needless to say, a shed is a great addition to your backyard or farm.

Before installing a shed, you need to slow down and think about the things you should consider before installing your new shed. Location, Regulations and Planning are a must to consider.

It’s all about the location

Make sure you think about where your shed is going to go.

  • Does it have good access?
  • Where will you put the door? Will you have a PA (Personal Access Door)
  • Do you need to have trees removed first?
  • Will it block your view?

The right shed is ALWAYS located in the right location.

Regulations

  • What permits do you need?
  • How close to your boundaries can you go?
  • What size shed are you permitted?

Make sure that you comply with the rules and regulations in your local area and shire. This is to make sure that your shed installation will push through without any legal issues. CPR Outdoor Centre can help you with this when you ask for a quote.

Planning

A thorough plan will make your shed just perfect for your needs.

  • Size
  • Design
  • Extra features

What is  the right shed for me?

Contact CPR Outdoor Centre Bunbury on 9726 2311

or CPR Outdoor Centre Bussleton on 9754 2657

for a free onsite quote and lets discuss your options. We offer full installation of shed and can customised shed, to your requirements. Call us now and get a free quote.

 

Order a new Shed, Garage, Carport or Patio and beat the price rise!

Free standing Patio - hip roof

CPR Outdoor Centre has to increase their price in July. Due to the increase of materials and supplies, we must, unfortunately raise the cost of our products.

All prices will go up on the 1st July , but before it will happen, good news, you can save!

How to save and beat the price rise!

We’re continuing to hold the current costs for you until 30th June; this means that if you place an order and pay your deposit on or before 30th June, you can still buy at our current prices! Any orders, place between now and the date of the increase will be honoured at the current prices that we have and you will have a brand new Shed, Garage, Carport or Patio to enjoy this winter and for years to come.

New Shed beat the price rise

CPR Outdoor Centre, now has a bigger product range including tanks recently being added; we offer a wide range of services including full installation or DIY kits for all our sheds, patio, garage, carport.

With winter coming there is no better time to have a shed, carport, garage or patio built to keep you dry and warm. Extending your living space with a patio means the children can still play outside, great for a lunch time bbq or a lovely spot to enjoy a cuppa. Having a shed, garage or carport means you are protecting your valuable asset, your car. It is so much easier to get in and out of your car when you are not worrying about getting soaked in the next downpour. Nothing worse than having to go to work wet and so easy to prevent.

Before our price rise comes into effect, beat it!

What are you waiting for?

Visit us now at our showrooms in Bunbury or Busselton; or you can call us for a free measure and quote. Place your order today and save with of our current prices!

Effective BBQ maintenance tips!

Gable Patio and BBQWhen was the last time you gave your BBQ a thorough check over?

Don’t let a lack of planning spoil your BBQ plans.

Here are some BBQ maintenance tips for you:

Check the gas.

Let’s face it – we have all encountered a situation when the BBQ is ready, but the glass bottle is empty! It’s frustrating right? Your gas bottle might seem unimportant, but without it you can’t possibly barbeque your meal and feed your friends and family without gas.

Check the fittings and connections.

Always check your hose connections for possible leaks to avoid problems. You can do this by using a soap solution. If there is  a leak, you will see bubbles production. Turn it off immediately and have it repaired.

Clean your BBQ.

Proper cleaning and maintenance can keep your BBQ will you’re your barbeque function at peak performance for a long time. You don’t want to have buy  to a new BBQ just because you were a too busy to maintain your current one.

Choose a perfect location!

When preparing for a BBQ either with family or your friends, make sure to choose  a good place. BBQ’s needs plenty of ventilation and they should be far enough away from flammable objects to ensure your safety.

For your safety, make sure you have a fire extinguisher easily available. It’s good to be prepared and never have to use it; rather than have an emergency and not have the right tools on hand.

Don’t forget to handle your food properly!

Don’t let bad food can ruin your day or worse! Don’t let germs and bacteria get into your food. Food poising is a serious problem and occurs mostly at home, following a few simple tips will make your day happy and safe:

  • Keep your food covered all the time.
  • Ensure that your meat is cooked thoroughly.
  • Keep your hot food hot and your cold food cold.
  • Separate cooked meat from raw meats.

Use these effective BBQ maintenance tips and have a great party

BBQing and outdoor entertaining is a wonderful part of Australian life. Is your outdoor area a bit tired or worse still have you not got around to getting a patio yet? CPR Outdoor Centre are your patio specialist, if you need a patio, carport or outdoor room talk to us for a free quote.

How much does it cost to build a gabled carport?

Carport for youWant to build a gabled carport?

How much does it cost to build a gabled carport?

That is a great question here are some things to consider in regards to the cost of your new carport:

  • Choosing the right location
  • Complying with council or shire regulations
  • Building materials and design plans

Choosing the right location

Find a good place to build the structure. It can be either attached to your home or freestanding, but the most important thing is the place should be spacious enough to park your car and take note of power lines and sewage tanks so you don’t face any issues when digging.

Consider the weather and wind in your area, if you build too far from your house will you get wet in the winter trying to get back to your house. If the carport is attached to your home will the wind blow the rain in if it on the exposed side. These are things to conside in regard to location of your new carport.

Complying with council or shire regulations

Check with your local shire to make sure of what building regulations and codes you need to ahead here to. This will help you avoid unwanted legal problems in the future which might cost you hundred dollars or prevent you having to have your carport removed because it doen’t comply to the building code.

Building materials and design plans

Different materials have different prices. If you go for quality materials, you can be sure that your carport will stand the test of time. Colourbond is perfect for Australian conditions and colours can match your home. When it comes to materials you should always get what you pay for. Avoid wasting materials by buying a carport that doesn’t fit your exact deisn and requirements.

Budget

Having a carport is a great assest to any home – whether it is gabled or not. It will protect your car from harsh weathers. So, how much does it cost to build a gabled carport? When building a gabled carport, fix a budget that you are willing to spend. Your budget should include things like:

  • ground works
  • flooring
  • size
  • any walls (you might need a side wall from protection if your carport is in an exposure position).

This will also help you find the right supplier/company who can offer the best price and give you value for your money.

For gabled carports and other designs that will suit your needs, contact CPR Outdoor Centre Bunbury on 08 9726 2311 today!

DIY Garage – Is it a good choice?

Custom Designed Sheds for you by CPR Outdoor CentreYou know your car needs protection. For this protect a garage is a good option.

A garage is a perfect place to store your car.

If you don’t have a garage yet, it’s high time you get one.

You have two options:

  • Have it installed for you
  • Or a DIY garage

Both of these can get you a new garage but your choice should depend on a lot of factors.

Having your garage installed for you is a good choice, especially if you don’t have the time or the skills to do the work yourself. Having a garage installed will be quick and hassle free all the council permits are done, ground works etc, just sit back and watch the progress and before long you will be enjoying your new garage.

The second option is the best choice if you have the

  • Time
  • Satisfaction of the project
  • Skills
  • Fit to your budget

Time and Willingness

Are you busy with work? Do you have the patience to finish the task right through to the end? Some people might say “I can do it!”, “it’s a great idea!” but end up not finishing the task. Not finishing it will end up costing you more money or a product that you can’t use.

Finish the task from the start to finish and get your car protected will be a satisfying thing.

Self-satisfaction

Do you want to build your own garage with yourself? Do you want to make yourself proud because you built something on your own? Many of us wanted to have that kind of excitement. DIY garage gives you the chance to really show you are a handyman.

Downside is you have to organize everything yourself from council building permits to ground works.

Good news is if you buy your DIY Garage Kit from CPR Outdoor Centre it comes with everthing you need to build your dream garage.

Skills

Are you a handyman, love to get your teeth into a real project?

If you have the skills and time then a DIY kit is a perfect way for your to build your new garage.

Budget

A DIY garage is affordable. Why? Because you are not paying for labour, site management or council building permits. With DIY garage, you build it yourself, do any site management yourself and deal with council yourself thus you eliminate the labour cost.

DIY Garage: Is it a good choice?

DIY garage is a good choice for you if you have the time, skill and patience to follow the project through.

At CPR Outdoor Centre we can supply and install, or just supply a complete DIY kit for you to install, call today to discuss your exact  requirements and get a free quote.

 

Organise your garage today, why wait until spring to spring clean?

Flat PatioA garage is a very important part of your home. Having an organised your garage makes it a nice place to go, do some work or just to find the things you have in storage.

Organise your garage today, why wait until spring to spring clean?

Why wait until spring to do a spring clean? Now is the time to get your garage back into shape. The weather is great and you don’t have to worry about your things getting wet as you take it out of your garage and sort it out.

Here are 4 common mistakes that you can avoid when organizing your garage:

  1. Time Management – not allowing enough timeTime is gold, we can’t argue on that. As time is as important as money, you should think on the amount of time you are going to use to fully organise your garage. Depending on how bad your garage has got, allow a full weekend. If you don’t have enough time to do your whole garage, work on one section at a time.Allocate enough time . Organizing a garage that is filled with several years of mess and dirt would include minor repairs and fixes and additional upgrades to your garage to make it more usable.Keeping your garage clean as possible will extend its years of usability and make it so much easy to find your stuff.
  2. Total remove everything – not taking everything outTotally remove everything from your garage first then clean the floor and wall. Put your stuff in piles ready for sorting. Now you can see the current state of your garage.
  3. Sort and select – not throwing things outSort things from the piles, good condition, still usable, don’t use / need anymore, recyclable and junk. Be ruthless if you haven’t used it in years and it holds no special memories do you really need it?
  4. Get rid of anything you don’t really need.Have a garage sales and make a few dollars, one man’s junk is another man’s treasure or donate a local charity anything is usable but past your use. Fix and clean anything that needs it, so when you put is back your things are in their fine condition for future use.
  5. Prevention – don’t let your garage get to messWhen you have organised your garage, learn from this experience. Now you know the consequences of a messy garage, I can cost you time, effort and money. Learn from this experience and remember prevention is better than cure.

Garages are purposely made to house your car and other valuables, so by keep it tidy and clean that will make storing and getting access to your stuff much easier.

CPR Outdoor Centre is a local manufacturer and builder of quality garages. We only use only genuine BlueScope Steel framing and sheeting in either Zincalume or Colorbond options for all our garages.

Call CPR Outdoor Centre now for a FREE quote!