Decked out for sum­mer

DIY builders can find dis­count pavers un­der the Tim­ber, Bricks and Tiles sec­tion.

The Courier-Mail - Weekend Shopper - - Front Page -

FOR many home­own­ers spring is the sea­son to cre­ate new liv­ing space in the home, and for many this is an out­door area. Pa­tios and decks come un­der close scru­tiny in the search for a low-cost so­lu­tion to ex­tend­ing homes and en­joy­ing the sum­mer months.

Given the nu­mer­ous ma­te­ri­als used for con­struct­ing pa­tios and decks, the

Week­end Shop­per has a num­ber of cat­e­gories of­fer­ing DIY build­ing items. Both the Tim­ber Bricks and Tiles and the Build­ing Ma­te­ri­als/Ren­o­va­tions sec­tions of­fer a vast range of dis­counted items for the avid DIY builder.

Free­dom Pa­tios of­fice man­ager, Lyn Skews, said be­fore com­menc­ing any build­ing res­i­dents needed to check where drainage is on their prop­erty and whether there were build­ing re­stric­tions in place.

“Peo­ple need to check with the lo­cal coun­cil and make sure they don’t build too close to their bound­aries,” Ms Skews said.

“The other things to con­sider are de­sign – which our sales peo­ple are trained to do - and bud­get. Our pa­tios start at $3000.”

DIY builders can find dis­count pavers un­der the Tim­ber, Bricks and Tiles sec­tion, which of­ten sell for rock­bot­tom prices. Shop­pers can pur­chase them for as lit­tle as $10/sq m pro­vid­ing they aren’t too fussy about the colour. Some­times they are sold per tile, but usu­ally by the square. Many sec­onds are free if you are pre­pared to visit the seller and re­move them your­self.

Sim­i­larly, colour­bond roof sheet­ing, alu­minium lengths and awn­ings can all be pro­cured at bar­gain prices depend­ing upon size, con­di­tion and age.

DIYers pre­par­ing to build an en­closed out­door area should also check un­der the Doors, Win­dows and Fit­tings cat­e­gory for a range of dis­count doors in­clud­ing se­cu­rity, French, glass and slid­ing, as well as a se­lec­tion of win­dows. Many of these items are also give­aways.

For the in­no­va­tive cre­ator, there’s no rea­son a stylish out­door area can’t be con­structed for around $1000. Happy build­ing.

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