5 tips for storing your car in the garage during winter

garageThe cold season is fast approaching! Are you ready? Or rather, is your garage ready? It can be very tough for your car so make sure you have a safe place to store your vehicle. Whether you want to make sure that your car looks new for longer or just spoiling yourself for keeping a beautiful, classic car, you’ll need a garage.

Car in the garage

A car that’s comfortably stored in the garage will be sheltered from the foul weather obviously. However, knowing these tips on how to store your car in the garage during winter can allow you to maximise its results.

Here are things you should know when storing your car:

  1. Check your garage. Make sure your garage is completely dry and safe to use. Check if there are any rodents that could cause damage to your car. If there are any cracks or problems with your garage, repair it now – don’t wait for another season.
  2. All vehicle fuel should be topped up. Make sure the engine oil is fresh to make restarting the engine easier. The fuel tank should be full to prevent condensation. You can also add a fuel stabiliser to help avoid oxidation.
  3. Clean around your car, make sure there is plenty of space so you can get in easily.
  4. Have a hat rack or storage area where you can put your jacket or umbrella to dry if it gets wet.
  5. Make sure you have an umbrella in your car.

Shed - Harvey - 1 Partial Complete5 tips for storing your car in the garage during winter

You might be using your car during winter, it’s your choice but it is also your responsibility to keep your car secured and protected – put it inside your garage. Don’t have a garage yet? Contact CPR Outdoor Centre for all your garage needs. We offer installation services that include garages, carports and patios. Ring us today and let’s build your garage this winter!

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.

How to get the best rainwater in your tank this winter!

Rainwater Tank Round available at CPR Outdoor Bunbury and BusseltonBy catching the downpours in your tank regularly, you can reduce your water bills. However your tank will need a little care to get good quality rainwater to make sure it is safe to use.

Here are the tips to maintain clean and reliable water in your tanks:

  1. Proper design and installation of the tank
  2. Make sure your roof doesn’t contain lead based paints
  3. Install first flush diverters and leaf screeners
  4. Regularly check tank inlet and outlet
  5. Dislodge the tank every 2 to 3 years
  6. Disinfect the tank water if contamination is suspected

Proper design and installation of the tank

The quality of rainwater often depends on how the tank has been installed. Make sure to hire a reputable company to assure quality installation service making your tank function its proper use. CPR Outdoor Centre are your reliable patio people and we can install your rainwater tank properly. We can also recommend you appropriate design to sell quality Western Australia made poly tanks that come in a range of colours to match your house or fence.

Make sure the roofs and gutters don’t contain lead based paints

Before installing a rain water tank always check your roof to see if they contain lead based paints orbitumen coatings. This is especially important if you have an older home. If you suspect your roof has lead paint it will contaminate the rainwater making it unsafe for you to consume. If you suspect lead, you must get your rainwater tested before using it to drink, water veggies or fruit trees.

Install first flush diverters and leaf screeners

Install first flush diverters to improve water quality by preventing the first lot of water that may contain roof contaminants, dirt, bird droppings etc from entering the tank. Assure cleaner water and protect rainwater pumps and internal household appliances like the washing machine, toilet, and many more.

Use leaf screeners to block leaves and other organic material as they can stain and pollute the water. Use filtration device to remove rust or organic staining to improve drinking quality of the rainwater provided that they are installed following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Regularly check tank inlet and outlet

Inspect the tank inlet and outlet screens to make sure there will be no mossies or other pests contaminating the water. Always check these areas to avoid unwanted sickness by using unpolluted rainwater.

Completely empty the tank every 2 to 3 years

Remove rainwater from the tank after 2 years as a minimum to make sure water is safe and uncontaminated. Emptying your tank means eliminating harmful substances that may be present.

Disinfect the tank water

Sterilise the rainwater if contamination is suspected. Regularly inspect the tank water to avoid unwanted health problems.

How to get the best rainwater in your tank this winter!

Follow the tips to keep your tank in tiptop condition.

Need help installing a rainwater tank?

Contact CPR Outdoor Centre Bunbury on 9726 2311 or Busselton on 9754 2657 to make an appointment in installing your new tank. Ring us today to get a FREE quote.

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.

DIY Air Plant Hanger

Does your patio look bare? Do you want to add something that will make it appear more welcoming? Why not add some plants? Adding a few planter on your patio is like having a breathe of fresh air – literally plus it will make your patio inviting, especially on hot days!

However, wouldn’t it be nicer if you use a planter with your own touch? Like an air plant hanger perhaps? Yes, that would look awesome! Here’s a DIY air plant hanger from DIY Network – so simple you can do it in half a day!
Plant hanger So, what will you need to do this cute, gorgeous plant hanger? Here are the materials you will need.


  • Oven
  • Baking sheet
  • Biscuit cutter (7.62 cm)
  • Premo! Sculpey Oven-Bake Clay
  • Clay texturing sheet (optional)
  • Nylon cord

Prepared all the needed materials? Here’s the instructions.


Clay1. Condition the Clay. Start out by ripping off enough clay from your block to make a shape that can be cut into a 7.62 cm circle with your biscuit cutter and be 0.25 cm thick. Condition the clay by rolling it either in between your hands or on top of a clean work surface. When the clay feels very pliable, it’s ready to be shaped.



Clay rollout2. Roll Out the ClayNext, roll out your clay into a large oval shape using a small rolling pin. Make sure to measure your shape and see that’s it 0.25 cm thick.




Adding Texture3. Add Texture. If you like, trying adding some texture to the top of your saucer with a clay texturing sheet. Press the plastic sheet into your clay and slowly roll your rolling pin over the top a few times. Remove the sheet.




Clay cutting4. Cut the Clay. Place your biscuit cutter on top of your rolled-out clay and cut out your circle shape. Remove the clay from the cutter. Using your stylus tool or a chopstick, create four holes in the saucer to act as threading points for the nylon cord. Thinking of a clock, position the holes at 12-3-6-9. When the holes have been made place your saucer on a foil-lined baking sheet and place into the over, per the manufacturer’s directions. Remove from the oven once completely baked and let cool.


Nylon Cord5. Add Nylon CordIt’s time to add the nylon cord to your saucer. Their colors are very vibrant and when tied together the cord creates a strong knot.




Hanging Length6. Determine Hanging LengthLook around your house – where would you like to display your plant? Once you’ve determined that, measure how long your cord needs to be to achieve your desired hanging length. Double that amount for each piece so that you can string the cord through the hanging holes and tie it all together.



Knotting cords together7. Knot Cords Together. Pull all of your cords up and gather together. Tie a simple knot with enough of a loop to act as a hanging point. Your saucer is ready for a plant! Place your air plant in the saucer. Use the cords to help position the plant and keep it in place. It should rest easily on top of the saucer for you to admire.



There you go! Your simple DIY plant hanger is now up and ready to be admired! No fancy container to show off your plants – just a simple DIY hanger to let the attention be focused on the plant itself. If you feel the same way, why not make this DIY plant hanger? You’ll congratulate yourself later, that’s a promise!
Plant hanger
Does your patio needs more than just some patio decor? Whether you need a patio upgrade or install from scratch, contact CPR Outdoor Centre for all your needs. We can give you a free quote on your patio, even do a free onsite inspection. Ring us today and let’s discuss the design of your new patio!