Getting Council Approvals For Your Patios, Decks and Carports

 

The council approvals process can be tricky and time-consuming. From knowing which council to get your permits from, to making sure you’re filling in the right forms, there are all sorts of steps involved – and each one has its own elements that can go pear-shaped.

We’ve been doing this for a long time, so we know how best to get things done. Here are our tips for getting through the council approval process quickly and easily.
 

Council Approvals


The basic steps:

 

  • •  Zoning (check with local authority)

 

  • •  Determining which permits (if any) you need

 

  • •  Drafting and Engineering

 

  • •  Applications and fees

 

  • •  Waiting for approval!

 

Each of these steps can be quite time-consuming, and occasionally be difficult to manage. This is particularly true if your home has any special local authority limitations regarding trees, protected species or specific building envelopes.

Council approvals can be complex and stressful. Choosing the right builder can minimise the hassle, as they will either handle the process for you, or guide you through what you need to do – and when it should be done by.

At Altec, we happily handle all council approvals for our customers at no extra costs outside the application fees.

For more information on council approvals for your home extension, visit our page on council approvals, or simply contact our friendly team on
1800 503 682.

 

 

We’re Not Trying To Be The Cheapest

 

It might sound crazy to admit this, but we aren’t trying to be the cheapest patio builders in Brisbane and South-East Queensland. Why? It all comes back to our core beliefs. These main values that we stick to are what set us apart from the rest and keep us as the #1 Patio builder in Queensland.

 

Quality Products 

Quality products

We want the best results, and to get the best results you have to use the best products. Quality materials and reputable brands are essential to achieving amazing home extensions, and that’s something we believe in.

 

Excellence in Design and Construction

Excellence in design and construction

Our dedication to excellence in both design and construction is central to what we do. We don’t believe in just throwing up a structure as fast as possible – we prefer to plan it with you to ensure you end up with an end result that every member of the family loves.

 

Genuine Value for Money 

Genuine value for money

What does ‘value for money’ mean to us? It means you get an asset for your home, one that adds dollars to your property value and will stand the test of time. No one wants a patio cover or carport that has to be replaced in 5 years. We deliver a hardy, durable product that can be enjoyed for years to come.

 

Genuine Value for Money 

Stress-free projects

Spending hours on the phone trying to coordinate a project isn’t our idea of fun, so why would we make our customers go through that? Our experienced designers and builders work with you to ensure a smooth build from start to finish, so you can kick back and relax as your new extension is built.

Sure, it might be odd to proudly proclaim we aren’t trying to be the cheapest option in the market. But we stand by our values and will continue to deliver the extremely high standard of patios, carports, decks and enclosures that we have been creating for more than 40 years now.

If you would like to find out more about what Altec can offer you, request a free consultation today!

 

Your Guide To Getting The Perfect Patio Environment

So you’re designing an outdoor space. You’ve chosen the style, you’ve got the sketches, and you’ve thought about the outdoor furniture you want.

 
Hold up – there’s more than that to nailing your patio!

Other elements to consider are:

 

Options for Patio Lighting

If you’re keen to make the most of your outdoor spaces, both during the day and in the evening, you’ll need a little illumination!

For maximising daytime light, you have a range of options.

Consider:

Perfect Patio Environment

    • Static louvres – Great for light and air flow, but not waterproof.

 

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    • Flyover patios – Significant structural design that lets light in all open sides, but rain can come into the space.

 

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    • Skydome (for W-profile roofing) – A relatively inexpensive option that allows light in and vents out heated air. This waterproof dome must be located near the fascia.

 

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    • Gable – Another structural design, gables are an aesthetically pleasing way to increase natural light while drawing out hot air. Water can enter via the spaces in this feature, and trailing edges can be exposed to the elements.

 

  • Nature strip – Clear plastic strips in the roofing allow light to enter your outdoor space. This is a waterproof option, but can be a source of heat in your space.

 

When it comes to taking advantage of the beautiful Queensland summer nights, you have a range of outdoor lighting options to choose from, including floodlights, fairy lights, wall lights, bunkers or downlights for insulated roofs. Electrical lighting can be limited by your design, so it’s worth consulting with a patio specialist or electrician before setting your heart on a particular style.

 

Heat

How will you handle the heat during summer? How will you retain heat during winter? Heat management is key for a comfortable outdoor area, so understanding the air flow of your patio can help make it so your outdoors are usable all year round.

Heat dispersion/avoidance

Roofing type and design is key in keeping your space cool. Aim for materials that are known to be reflective rather than transferring heat straight through. Your design should allow for air to flow from one side to another, or provide an avenue (like with gables) for heated air to escape once it’s risen.

Heat retention

Whether you’re looking to minimise the wind chill factor during winter, or just want to get the most from your outdoor heater, keeping your space warm can be a challenge. We recommend opting for insulated roofing that can keep warm or cool air where it’s wanted, no matter the season. You could also look at design features, like enclosures, which restrict the exposure to the elements and can be easier to climate control.

 

Storage

Do you have outdoor items that need to stay outside? From the dog food to the BBQ tools, having some storage space to tuck things out of sight can be great. It doesn’t just make your patio look nicer – it also makes it feel nicer. Steer away from the chipboard flat packs and go for sturdy, quality furniture if possible. This will give you a longer lasting storage space, and enhance your area instead of detracting from the visual appeal.

 

Power

Do you have ample accessible power points in your patio? Anyone who’s lived in a house without many power access points can vouch for the fact that it’s not very convenient. If you’re redesigning your patio, make sure you plan it to ensure you have at least one double power point in a handy location – that way, you can plug in any party lights, bug zappers or a sound system easily.

Making sure your patio is designed well is key to getting a comfortable space that you actually use.

For the ultimate in patio inspiration, make sure you check out our patio gallery. Just be warned – you may end up with some serious patio envy!

 

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