Simply mentioning the words ‘heritage listing’ to anyone contemplating doing work around their house will send shivers up their spine and have them quaking in their boots. But, if you’re looking to build a new Melbourne carport in a heritage listed area don’t give up hope; give Mr Carports a call instead!
All Mr Carport branches are owned by local people who have a very good understanding of the regulations in their area. This includes but is not limited to standard local council regulations, restrictions in bushfire prone regions and, of course, heritage listing regulations.
Take for example a client of Mr Carports in the Melbourne inner-suburb of South Yarra. They were faced with strict heritage listing regulations that would have forced some homeowners to give up on their dream of building a carport to protect their cars and other assets. But instead of giving up, with the help of Mr Carports Melbourne, the homeowner turned the regulations to her advantage, building a carport that suited her needs perfectly.
The Melbourne carport faced a number of heritage listing hurdles from the start. First and foremost were strict setback restrictions on both the front and side boundaries of the house, which affected the size and placement of the carport. Then there were height limitations and regulations about the materials that could be used. Most notably, the Melbourne carport needed to be rendered in rough cast, a traditional rendering process that was a popular finish in house facades and gable ends in Melbourne period homes. The rough cast was required to match the walls of the heritage listed house.
Not to be fazed, Mr Carports set about overcoming the restrictions on the Melbourne carport. To overcome the setback and height restrictions, a shallow gable carport was designed and positioned perfectly on the block to meet the regulations. Making the job slightly more difficult was an existing concrete slab. To work around this, more concrete was added where necessary, particularly on the sides of the carport where the design called for two storage areas to be incorporated into the carport. Later, these storage areas had roller doors fitted for added security for the stored contents.
Perhaps the biggest challenge was not the carport design and structure itself, but the rough cast render that needed to be used on the walls and brick columns. To get the correct effect and consistency, in order to match the house, we had to experiment with both the mix and method of application. It wasn’t easy, but the end result is excellent and identical to the rough cast render on the existing house. The owner was so happy with the finished result of the rough cast that she asked Mr Carports to repair some areas of the house walls!
Mr Carports for your new Melbourne carport
So, the message is, if you’re considering designing and building a new Melbourne carport in a heritage listed area, don’t give up at the first hurdle, give Mr Carports a call. Phone us on 1800 557 782. We’ll then organise a convenient time for a free, no-obligation discussion, design and quote.