Melbourne Patio, Pergola and Carport Builders

Melbourne Patio, Pergola and Carport Builders

Wish You Had an Undercover Outside Area on Your Property?

From medieval Spain, ancient Egypt to modern Australia, patios and pergolas have been used around the world for centuries. There is nothing better than sitting back on the patio or in the garden pergola on a sunny afternoon. In major cities like Melbourne and Sydney, builders have seen an increase in requests for undercover outside areas. After all, there is nothing more quintessential to the Aussie summer lifestyle than a barbeque and gathering with friends and family in the backyard. Undercover areas provide a break from the hot summer sun, tropical afternoon rainstorms and crisp evenings come winter – all while still technically being outside. A time to invest in your home and search for the best Melbourne Pergola Builders.

Patio or Pergola – What is the Difference?

Egyptian and Spanish builders were set with the task to create cool outside areas that would shield residents from the scorching sun. The Egyptians brought the world pergolas while the Spanish created patios. But what is the difference between them? As the terms are used interchangeably, it can be tricky knowing what to ask your builder for.

Here in Australia, the three biggest differences between them are:

  1. What they are used for.
  2. Where they are located.
  3. The level of detail or decoration.


Patios are the paved areas out the back of most homes that have a roof which is attached to the main house. While some are filled with plants and a simple table and chair setting, others host complete outside kitchens and family-sized dining. Some will also have televisions installed so you can watch the game while being outside in the cool breeze.

As patios are usually attached to the house, they are perfect for extending living areas. Patios can be built with folding doors, glass panels or roll-up blinds to allow for heating during the colder months.


Pergolas are more often found detached from the main house in the garden however can be attached. Traditionally, pergolas are more decorative and ornamental – making them perfect as a key feature of garden designs – and a place to put your feet up after a long day in the yard.


When you don’t have the space to have a carport and a patio or pergola, a carport is a great solution. Carports keep your car safe during the week but come Saturday, they can transform into an outside living area. Carports can be as simple or as detailed as you would like. Add in storage, power and even folding sides and you have a car space that can transform into a man cave or entertaining area. It’s time to start searching the best Melbourne carport builders.

The warm Australian climate and our love for gathering, relaxing and entertaining outside make patios, pergolas and carports essential elements of our homes. If you need ideas for a custom outdoor space, start browsing ideas online or contact your local patio or pergola builders. They will be sure to have plenty of ideas that will suit both your needs and budget.

John Norwood
John Norwood is best known as a technology journalist, currently at Ziddu where he focuses on tech startups, companies, and products.