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The modern image of relaxed outdoor living isn’t likely to include a water-damaged “rickety pergola”. And for homeowner Wayne, a resident of Trott Park in suburban Adelaide, the time had come to tear down an ageing backyard eyesore. In its place? A contemporary and spacious patio built to last.

A resident of suburban Trott Park, near Adelaide since the mid 1980s, Wayne believed it was finally time for a backyard transformation. “I can only describe it as a grapevine over a very rickety pergola,” he says. “Water would come through because of course it didn’t have a roof. We began to have water damage issues with the paving, in addition to the roof becoming impacted by the grapevine.”

When the time came to replace the 30-year-old timber pergola, Wayne was decided on two things: a quality steel product built to last, and enlisting a quality dealer to take care of the entire process. “We tried around three builders all up. The first two didn’t impress us on simple things like not returning calls or showing up on time.” The third, Mile Pavić of DMV Outdoor Solutions, a LYSAGHT LIVING® dealer, proved a winner. “He was prompt, confident and quoted well. We felt reassured” Wayne says. Here, he shares the highlights of working with your builder.

“We certainly weren’t willing to do any of the running around with council applications and paperwork,” Wayne says. “It was important our builder could handle this, and he did. The whole thing took around four weeks to build, and this included all the little tasks. [Mile] quoted us this time, and he stuck to what he said.”

“The ability to customise our design was never too much of a hassle with the LYSAGHT LIVING® patio” Wayne says. “We had particular requirements with replacing our old guttering with specific box guttering, and Mile took care of all of this without dramas.”

“I really liked the translucent sheeting Mile used for the [north-facing] roof gable,” he says. “It looks impressive and is a fantastic way to let the sunlight flow in from the north.”

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