Outdoor Structures

Transform a garden or courtyard with outdoor structures you can build yourself in a weekend using timber, concrete blocks and other DIY friendly materials. Install an arbour to frame a pathway and grow a climber over it, put up a pergola for outdoor living, plus build and maintain fences.

How To Install A Side Gate
This property had a driveway that accessed a rear garage, and the owners wanted to secure this area while still providing easy access.  Protector Aluminium have a range of versatile screening products.  Slats or louvres, fixed or adjustable, th...
How To Install An Aluminium Fence
The new owners bought this semi-detached house as a rental property, so naturally wanted to maximise their return without overcapitalising on their investment.  By carefully considering their budget and making clever decisions about how and where...
When you read the real-estate ads, one thing that always grabs attention and gives a property an advantage is covered off-street parking.  Having a carport for your vehicles doesn’t just improve property value, it helps prevent storm damage and k...
Add A Pergola
Define an outdoor room and provide support for climbing plants by constructing an impressive timber feature.  Courtyards invite us outside in the warmer months but provide little protection from the sun.  For this exposed courtyard, a solid 6 x...
A stunning resort-style pergola next to a pool
DIY - $4250 (Have it done for $7120)Skill – 7/10Time - 8 days   A pergola provides the ultimate in backyard relaxation during summer, especially in a sunny backyard. They provide shade from the hot summer sun when covered with bamboo or a shade cloth...
Protector Aluminium Easy Screens

Protector Easy Screens can be used to create a modern, streamlined boundary fence

Screening an outdoor area is at the top of many DIYers’ to-do lists, but building a screen from scratch takes considerable time and effort to achieve a perfect result.   Installing pre-fabricated screens is a time-saving solution that makes it easy f...
In this DIY video, we show you how to install a vertical garden to turn an empty wall into a convenient place to grow fresh herbs and leafy green vegetables.   The vertical garden featured here is the Whites Garden Up Wall, which comes in a kit...
Build A Classic Timber Arbour
Garden rooms are popular in landscape design and you can bring the trend home with a custom-built timber arbour.  Large enough to span a path and act as an entranceway, it’s made from treated pine for durability with no special tools required. ...
Build A Timber Fence
Make a driveway entrance for your property for just $1000.  This homestead had a boundary defined by a fence with brick columns flanking the driveway entry, but there weren’t any gates.  To match the architectural style and colour of the countr...
Install Steel Fencing
A solid steel fence can increase security for your family, pets and property, while screening your backyard from the neighbours.   This home had an old steel fence with rotting timber rails. To improve privacy and complement the newly revamped po...
This family home had been recently renovated and the yard was not yet landscaped, making it an ideal spot to create a children’s playground.    Carrie and Steve Gregg wanted somewhere their kids, two-year-old Lily and baby Harper, will use for...
The west-facing deck of this house was exposed to the harsh summer sun. Adding a pergola was the ideal solution, meaning that climbers can be grown over it to provide shade, while letting in the light in winter. Before you begin building, make sure t...
This rough-sawn timber arch has just six parts and can be built in a day using a drill, circular saw and jigsaw.  Simple but versatile, it has many landscape uses, including as a gateway in a fence, an opening in a hedge or a frame for a paved w...
Do you have an outdoor area you’d like to cover up or a spot that needs more privacy?   A timber screen is a cost effective, durable and decorative landscape cover-all that can be built in a day.   This suburban home had a large underhouse area that...
people relaxing under a trellis
First impressions are just as important for your enjoyment of your home as they are to its kerb appeal for resale value.    An inviting front yard doesn’t have to cost thousands of dollars, it can be as simple as landscaping a flat, bare patch o...
a garage with sliding doors and an outdoor set
This multipurpose garage features a recycled brick floor to help make it a cool spot to sit in summer
A pergola is a great way to change the dynamics of time spent outdoors.    A green pergola trains climbing plants to form a natural canopy, while man-made pergolas are comprised of timber, shadecloth, glass or other materials designed for sun p...
Make the most of a large backyard and extend your outdoor living area with a shaded seating area with a pergola over a pathway. The main posts of this treated-pine pergola are anchored in concrete. Make the post holes 400mm deep and 300mm wide, space...
We show you how to refinish a garden gate by removing it from the post, sanding and refinishing it, then hanging it again.   “The finish on this gate has seen better days but it’s good and strong, with a bit of TLC we’ll get a bit of use out of it ye...
Outdoor sofa made of blocks

This sofa was made of blocks laid on a concrete base

Handyman magazine reader Martine Grant built a stone-look seat in her yard. ‘I made a rough model then researched materials, opting for light, easy-to-cut Hebel blocks that I laid directly on a concrete slab I poured myself,’ says Martine. When t...