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Here are all of the most common questions people ask our extension builders. They cover all our services and structures, so scroll down to the structure you’re interested in having build for you and visit the service page for further information and ideas. Can’t find the answer to your question? Don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Verandah FAQ's

Building a verandah is a great investment in your home, but it's natural to have some questions before you commence. Below are the most common questions about verandahs people ask our team.

What is a verandah?

Best described as an outdoor roofed structure. Learn more about the difference between a verandah, pergola and patio.

How much does it cost to build a verandah?

The size and design will dictate the cost of your verandah. Simply make an online enquiry by filling out this form so we can provide you with an estimated price range.

How to attach a verandah to a house?

We take great care in our design and construction to attach your new verandah to be structurally sound and to comply with building regulations.

Will I need a permit for a verandah?

A Building Permit is usually necessary. Mr Verandah will organise the permits to ensure that your new verandah is built to regulation and the council requirements.

Will I need a permit if I’m replacing an existing structure?

Yes, a Building Permit is usually necessary, and Mr Verandah will organise this for you.

What style of roof is available for my verandah?
Verandahs can be constructed with a flat roof or a pitched style roof, or even a curved roof. They can use Colorbond steel or polycarbonate roofing sheets, and range of shapes and overhangs are possible.
Do you use a contract?
Yes, a simple and easy to understand contract will be provided and will need to be signed by both parties.
Do you provide a guarantee or warranty?
Yes, all of our work has a full 10-year structural warranty.
How close can I build to the boundary fence?
This varies. Some structures can be built to the fence line, but others will need to be away from the fence.
Do you install the gutters and flashings?
Yes.
Can you match decorative features to a period home?
Yes, we can provide a range of options for decorative features to best suit your period home, including matching turned posts, fretwork, frieze, decorative piers, eaves, etc. We specialise in custom designing verandahs to your unique home.
Does Mr Verandah connect new downpipes?
Yes, we will connect the downpipes to your existing underground pipes or even to your water tank if this option is available.
Do I need a town planning permit?
A planning permit may be required by your local council for a range of reasons, which are out of our control. We can advise if a town planning permit will be required and organise this for you.
What is the process for getting a new verandah built?
Make an online enquiry by filling out this form and we will send you an email or letter detailing the process involved, the likely permits involved and even an estimated price range for your new verandah.
Can you build a verandah on a deck?
Yes, we can design and integrate a new verandah to attach to a new or existing decking.

Pergola FAQ's

Building a custom designed pergola is a great investment in your home, but it’s natural to have some questions before you commence. Below are the most common questions about pergolas people ask our team.

Do you use a contract?
Yes, a simple and easy to understand contract will be provided and will need to be signed by both parties.
Do you provide a guarantee or warranty?
Yes, all of our work has a full 10-year structural warranty.
How close can I build to the boundary fence?
This varies. Some structures can be built to the fence line, but others will need to be away from the fence.
What is a pergola?

An outdoor structure without roofing sheets. Learn more about the difference between a pergola, verandah or patio.

Does a pergola need a building permit?

Yes, most pergolas will require a building permit, however, some smaller pergolas may not require a building permit.

How much does a pergola cost?

A pergola is a cheaper option for an outdoor structure due to the lack of roofing sheets and a lower likelihood of requiring a permit. If you make an online enquiry, we can provide you with an estimated price range.

Can you build a pergola on a deck?

Yes, we can design and integrate a new pergola to attach to new or existing decking.

Can you match decorative features to a period home?
Yes, we can provide a range of options for decorative features to best suit your period home, including matching turned posts, fretwork, frieze, decorative piers, eaves, etc. We specialise in custom designing structures to your unique home.
Do I need a town planning permit?
A planning permit may be required by your local council for a range of reasons, which are out of our control. We can advise if a town planning permit will be required and organise this for you.
What is the process for getting a new pergola built?
Make an online enquiry by filling out this form and we will send you an email or letter detailing the process involved, the likely permits involved and even an estimated price range for your new pergola.

Decking FAQ's

Adding a Mr Verandah custom designed deck is a great investment in your home, but it’s natural to have some questions before you commence. Below are the most common questions about decking people ask our team.

Will I need a permit if I’m replacing an existing structure?

Yes, a Building Permit is usually necessary, and Mr Verandah will organise this for you

Do you use a contract?
Yes, a simple and easy to understand contract will be provided and will need to be signed by both parties.
Do you provide a guarantee or warranty?
Yes, all of our work has a full 10-year structural warranty.
Can we build a verandah or pergola on a deck?
Yes, we can design and integrate a new verandah or pergola to attach to new or existing decking.
What is the best timber decking material to use?

We recommend Merbau decking, as it is stable and long-lasting requiring very little maintenance and upkeep. However, we can use many other types of deck.

Can I build a deck to the fence?
Mr Verandah will check your individual situation. Usually, this is not possible as councils have very strict rules on the location of decking.
Do I need a permit to construct a deck?
A Building Permit is usually necessary. Mr Verandah will organise the permits to ensure that your new verandah is built to regulation and the council requirements.
How close to the ground can I build a deck?
We can build your deck very close to the ground by using special H4 treated support timbers that comply with the regulations and will last for decades.
Is it better to use nails or screws to fix a deck?
Nails are a cheaper option however screws hold better and are more long-lasting. If you receive a quote from us, we will discuss and help you decide on the fixing, providing you with all the options.
Do I need handrails?
You do not require a handrail if your deck is less than 1m high. If your deck if over 1m, you will require a handrail. We will discuss the requirements with you and provide a range of handrail options.
Do I need a town planning permit?
A planning permit may be required by your local council for a range of reasons, which are out of our control. We can advise if a town planning permit will be required and organise this for you.
What is the process for getting a new deck built?
Make an online enquiry by filling out this form and we will send you an email or letter detailing the process involved, the likely permits involved and even an estimated price range for your new deck.

Alfresco FAQ's

Building an alfresco verandah is a great investment in your home, but it’s natural to have some questions before you commence. Below are the most common questions about alfresco areas people ask our team.

How will you attach the verandah to my house?
We take great care in our design and construction to attach your new verandah correctly.
Will I need a permit for a verandah?
A Building Permit is necessary. Mr. Verandah will organise the permits to ensure that your new alfresco area is built to regulation and the council requirements.
Will I need a permit if I’m replacing an existing structure?
Yes, a Building Permit will be necessary, and we will organise this.
What style of roof is available for my alfresco area?
Alfresco verandahs can be constructed with a flat roof or a pitched style roof. They can incorporate a Colorbond steel or tiled roof with the option of skylights and electrical lighting, and a range of shapes and overhangs are possible.
Do you use a contract?
Yes, a simple and easy to understand contract will be provided and will need to be signed by both parties.
Do you provide a guarantee or warranty?
Yes, all of our work has a full 10-year structural warranty.
How close can I build to the boundary fence?
This varies. Some structures can be built to the fence line, but others may not be able to according to council rules and regulations. Mr Verandah will provide you with all your options.
Do you install the gutters and flashings?
Yes.
Can you build an alfresco structure on a deck?
Yes, we can design and integrate a new alfresco verandah to attach to a new or existing decking.
What is an alfresco area?
An outdoor entertaining area that often blurs the line between outdoor and indoor living.
How much does it cost to build an alfresco?
Our alfresco style verandahs are more costly than a standard verandah, but they are well worth the extra expense. If you make an online enquiry by filling out this form, we can provide you with an estimated price range.
What kind of ceiling lining can be used on my outdoor structure?

We recommend the following materials:

  • Cement sheet
  • Plaster
  • Slatted timber
  • Timber lining boards
Can I have skylights installed?
Yes, we can discuss skylight options with you and install them for you. We are happy to provide this as a separate price item on the quote so you can easily make a decision.
Can you install lights and ceiling fans to an alfresco?
Yes, we can organise electrical work for you with your choice of lighting and fans.
What wall finishes are available?
Walls can be constructed with a brick, render, weatherboard or timber finishes, as well as other options that blend with the style of your existing home or add a desired feature to your property. Stylish timber screens are another option. We can discuss all of your options with you and help you make a decision.
Can you match decorative features to a period home?
Yes, we can provide a range of options for decorative features to best suit your period home, including matching turned posts, fretwork, frieze, decorative piers, eaves, etc. We specialise in custom designing structures to your unique home.
Do I need a town planning permit?
A planning permit may be required by your local council for a range of reasons, which are out of our control. We can advise if a town planning permit will be required and organise this for you.
What is the process for getting a new alfresco area built?
Make an online enquiry by filling out this form and we will send you an email or letter detailing the process involved, the likely permits involved and even an estimated price range for your new Alfresco area.

Carport FAQ's

Building a carport is a great investment in your home, but it's natural to have some questions before you commence. Below are the most common questions about carports and garages people ask our team.

How will you attach the carport to my house?
We take great care in our design and construction to attach your new carport correctly.
Will I need a permit for a carport?
A Building Permit is usually necessary. Mr Verandah will organise the permits to ensure that your new verandah is built to regulation and the council requirements.
Will I need a permit if I’m replacing an existing structure?
Yes, a Building Permit is usually necessary, and Mr Verandah will organise this for you
What style of roof is available for my carport or garages?
Carports and garages can be constructed with a flat roof, pitched style roof, hip style or Dutch gable style. They can use Colorbond steel, polycarbonate roofing sheets or roof tiles and range of shapes and overhangs are possible.
Do you use a contract?
Yes, a simple and easy to understand contract will be provided and will need to be signed by both parties.
Do you provide a guarantee or warranty?
Yes, all of our work has a full 10-year structural warranty.
How close can I build to the boundary fence?
This varies. Some structures can be built to the fence line, but others may not be able to according to council rules and regulations. Mr Verandah will provide you with all your options.
Do you install the gutters and flashings?
Yes.
What kind of ceiling lining can be used on my outdoor structure?

We recommend the following materials:

  • Cement sheet
  • Plaster
  • Slatted timber
  • Timber lining boards
Can I have skylights installed?
Yes, we can discuss skylight options with you and install them for you. We are happy to provide this as a separate price item on the quote so you can easily make a decision.
Can you install lights and ceiling fans?
Yes, we can organise electrical work for you with your choice of lighting and fans.
What wall finishes are available for my garage?
Your garage can be constructed with a brick, render, weatherboard or Colorbond steel finishes, as well as other options that blend with the style of your existing home or add a desired feature to your property. We will discuss these options with you and help you make a decision.
Can you install a new concrete floor or driveway?
Yes, we can install a new floor and provide options.
Can you match decorative features to a period home?
Yes, we can provide a range of options for decorative features to best suit your period home, including matching turned posts, fretwork, frieze, decorative piers, eaves, etc. We specialise in custom designing structures to your unique home.
Can I have a garage door installed to my carport now or later?
Yes, we can install the garage door for you or design the garage or carport so a new garage door can be added at any later stage.
Do I need a town planning permit?
A planning permit may be required by your local council for a range of reasons, which are out of our control. We can advise if a town planning permit will be required and organise this for you.
What is the process for getting a new carport built?
Make an online enquiry by filling out this form and we will send you an email or letter detailing the process involved, the likely permits involved and even an estimated price range for your new carport.
What is the process for getting a new garage built?
Make an online enquiry by filling out this form and we will send you an email or letter detailing the process involved, the likely permits involved and even an estimated price range for your new garage.

Home Extension FAQ's

Building a home extension is a great investment in your lifestyle and house value, but it's natural to have some questions before you commence. Below are the most common questions about home extensions people ask our team.

Will I need a permit if I’m replacing an existing structure?
Yes, plans and a Building Permit are required, and Mr Verandah will organise these on your behalf.
Do you use a contract?
Yes, a simple and easy to understand contract will be provided and will need to be signed by both parties.
Do you provide a guarantee or warranty?
Yes, all of our work has a full 10-year structural warranty.
How close can I build to the boundary fence?
This varies. Some structures can be built to the fence line, but others may not be able to according to council rules and regulations. Mr Verandah will provide you with all your options.
Can you match decorative features to a period home?
Yes, we can provide a range of options for decorative features to best suit your period home, including matching turned posts, fretwork, frieze, decorative piers, eaves, etc. We specialise in custom designing structures to your unique home.
Do I need a town planning permit?
A planning permit may be required by your local council for a range of reasons, which are out of our control. We can advise if a town planning permit will be required and organise this for you.
How much does a house extension cost?
If you make an online enquiry, we can provide you with an estimated price range.
What is the process for getting a new home extension built?

Make an online enquiry by filling out this form and we will send you an email or letter detailing the process involved, the likely permits involved and even an estimated price range for your new home extension. We specialise in living areas and bedrooms

Pool House FAQ's

Building a pool house is a great investment in your home, but it's natural to have some questions before you commence. Below are the most common questions about pool houses people ask our team.

Will I need a permit for a pool house?

A Building Permit is usually necessary. Mr. Verandah will organise the permits to ensure that your new verandah is built to regulation and the council requirements.

Will I need a permit if I’m replacing an existing structure?
Yes, a Building Permit is usually necessary, and Mr Verandah will organise this for you.
Do you use a contract?
Yes, a simple and easy to understand contract will be provided and will need to be signed by both parties.
What style of roof is available for my pool house?
Your pool house can be constructed with a flat roof or a pitched style roof. They can incorporate a polycarbonate, Colorbond steel or tiled roof with the option of skylights and electrical lighting, and range of shapes and overhangs are possible.
Can you build a pergola on a deck?

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Do you use a contract?
Yes, a simple and easy to understand contract will be provided and will need to be signed by both parties.
Do you provide a guarantee or warranty?
Yes, all of our work has a full 10-year structural warranty.
How close can I build to the boundary fence?
This varies. Some structures can be built to the fence line, but others may not be able to according to council rules and regulations. Mr Verandah will provide you with all your options.
Do you install the gutters and flashings?
Yes.
Can you build a pool house on a deck?
Yes, we can design and integrate a new pool house to attach to a new or existing decking.
What kind of ceiling lining can be used on my outdoor structure?

We recommend the following materials:

  • Cement sheet
  • Plaster
  • Slatted timber
  • Timber lining boards
Can I have skylights installed?
Yes, we can discuss skylight options with you and install them for you. We are happy to provide this as a separate price item on the quote so you can easily make a decision.
Can you install lights and ceiling fans?
Yes, we can organise electrical work for you with your choice of lighting and fans.
What wall finishes are available?

Walls can be constructed with a brick, render, weatherboard or timber finishes, as well as other options that blend with the style of your existing home or add a desired feature to your property. Stylish timber screens are another option. We can discuss all of your options with you and help you make a decision.

Does Mr Verandah connect new downpipes?
Yes, we will connect the downpipes to your existing underground pipes or even to your water tank if this option is available.
Can you match decorative features to a period home?
Yes, we can provide a range of options for decorative features to best suit your period home, including matching turned posts, fretwork, frieze, decorative piers, eaves, etc. We specialise in custom designing structures to your unique home.
Do I need a town planning permit?
A planning permit may be required by your local council for a range of reasons, which are out of our control. We can advise if a town planning permit will be required and organise this for you.
How much does a pool house cost?
If you make an online enquiry, we can provide you with an estimated price range.
What is the process for getting a new pool house built?

Make an online enquiry by filling out this form and we will send you an email or letter detailing the process involved, the likely permits involved and even an estimated price range for your new pool house.

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