Pergola, Verandahs, decks, alfresco, pool, carport projects…

Whether you are building a simple pergola, a deck to accommodate family, friends and the good old bbq… or a large outdoor alfresco area to a carports, we are here to help with your Outdoor Project!

Affordable Pergolas - Helping Build Your Perfect Outdoor Living Structure

Our goal here at Affordable Pergolas is simple, to help you build your outdoor structure from concept to completion.

This may include the following outdoor structures:

  • Pergola
  • Verandah
  • Deck
  • Alfresco
  • Pool
  • Carport

The building project steps we take you through include the following:

  • DIY or Builder – Build yourself (diy) or engage a professional builder or tradesman.
  • Project Ideas & Designs – Gather ideas for your project, what design you would like.
  • Project Materials – Decide which materials best suits your design.
  • Choosing a Builder – Where to find and how to choose a great tradesman.
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Pergola DIY

Pergola, Verandah, Deck… DIY or Builder


  • Thinking about doing it yourself to save some money?
  • Would you prefer to just give it to a construction company or skilled tradesman?
  • What is your budget for this outdoor project?

Visit our DIY or Builder Page to read up on all the pros and cons of both options.

Outdoor Project Ideas & Designs

Visit one of our ideas pages (top menu) to see what you could achieve with your building project:

  • Pergola
  • Verandah
  • Deck
  • Carport
  • Alfresco

In addition to the ideas pages above, we have hundreds of photos from our previous Australia outdoor design projects.

Pergola Materials

Project Building Materials

What building materials would best suit your house, property or idea of your perfect design? Below is detailed information on all materials available.

Choosing A Surveyor & Draftsman, Architect

So where to find great surveyors and draftsman that provide quality work? And how to get both at a reasonable price?

Did you know that draftsman alone can cost anywhere from $800 to $2,500 just for simple outdoor structure plans such as verandah & carports and surveyors similar.

To help you walk this path at minimal cost, I have written a concise free guide that provides:

  • Details of how to find the best surveyors & draftsman in each Australian capital city.
  • How to save money on your council permit and planning costs.
  • How to choose the best tradesman at competitive prices.
  • If doing DIY, how to save money on your build in regards to:
    • Timber
    • Roofing
    • Fixes
    • Decking
    • Pool fencing

Grab your Outdoor Structure Savings Guide today.

Building Surveyor

Choosing a Builder

  • How do I know if I am getting an experienced tradesman?
  • How do I know if the builder has all necessary licences & registrations?
  • How do I pick a builder who will do a great job at a decent price?

These questions & more are answer in out Outdoor Structures Savings Guide, grab it today.

Outdoor living Builder Directory

Once you have decided and planned your exact outdoor living build, feel free to visit our outdoor living builder directory to find best tradesman and builders.

Builders and professional services you will find in our directory include:

  • Pergola Builders
  • Verandah Builders
  • Deck Builders
  • Carport Builders
  • Alfresco Builders
  • Pool Builders
  • Pavers
  • Landscapers
  • Draftsman
  • Surveyors
Outdoor Living - Builder Directory

pergolas, Verandah, DECK, Alfresco... faq's

Outdoor Living Structures

  • Do I need council approval to build a pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    Yes, you usually need council approval for these structures. Check with your local council for specific requirements.

  • What materials are best for building a pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    Common materials include timber, composite decking, steel, and aluminum. Choose materials based on aesthetics, durability, and maintenance requirements

  • How much will it cost to build a pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    Costs vary based on size, materials, labor, and other factors. Get quotes from multiple builders or contractors for an accurate estimate.

  • What is the ideal size for a pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    Size depends on your space and requirements. Consider how you plan to use the area (e.g., for dining, entertaining, relaxing) when determining size.

  • How long does it take to build a pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    Timelines vary based on size, complexity, weather, and other factors. Discuss the project timeline with your builder or contractor.

  • Do I need to hire a professional builder or can I DIY the construction of a pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    While DIY is an option for some, hiring a professional builder ensures quality construction, compliance with regulations, and may save time and effort.

  • How do I maintain a pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    Regular cleaning, staining or sealing, and inspections for damage are key maintenance tasks. Follow manufacturer recommendations for specific materials.

  • Can I add features like lighting, fans, or heating to my pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    Yes, you can enhance your outdoor space with various features for comfort and ambiance. Ensure electrical work is done by a licensed professional.

  • What design considerations should I keep in mind when building a pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    Consider factors like orientation for sun exposure, privacy, access to the indoors, and blending with the overall aesthetics of your home.

  • Are there any specific building codes or regulations I need to follow when constructing a pergola, verandah, deck, or alfresco area?

    Yes, building regulations, codes, and permits apply to ensure structural integrity, safety, and compliance. Consult with your local council or a professional builder for guidance.

Affordable Pergolas

About Affordable Pergolas

Yes, more than an information resource on outdoor building projects! We have built many outdoor projects and been in the construction game for over 20 years.

For more information, please visit our about us page.


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