Facts You Should Know When Building a Deck

Wooden decking Adelaide has become a universal garden feature, and its popularity is understandable. Wood has a unique natural warmth and is easy to work with. A small deck can easily be built as a DIY project.

If you have plans to creating your deck, consider how you intend to use the space and how this will affect your plans. For example, you might want to use your deck for sunbathing in which case you may want greater privacy from a pergola. For entertaining visitors, you may want to include outdoor lighting to extend the use of your deck into the evening, or for a children’s play area so you may want extra safety features such as railings.

You need to consider as well how the rest of the surrounding garden will work with the decking. Hard landscaping materials such as natural stone paving or decorative gravel can work well around decking while situating a deck next to or over water can create a very special effect.

Traditionally, decking is a useful design feature for sloping sites where its flexibility comes into its own. The split-level look is also a design style you can recreate on a level site by dividing a deck into a series of sections at slightly different heights, with steps leading from one to another.

Another design idea that you can incorporate into your deck is a sunken section. Most decks are raised off the ground leaving space for a lower section to be recessed into the middle. You could then line the interior with wood and built-in benches to create an amazing sunken seating area. Or you could build a sand pit for the children with its removable wooden cover.

The shape can also be used to create added interest. Curved decks can look stunning, especially when other design features in the garden such as borders and lawns also echo the shape of the deck.

The layout of decking Adelaide boards can also be used creatively. In a small garden, arranging the boards horizontally across the deck can create an impression of greater width, and shorter gardens can look longer if boards are aligned pointing down the plot.

The most versatile arrangement, however, is to set the boards on a 45-degree angle, which not only looks most interesting but can also help create a new line of sight in the garden with which other design elements can be aligned.

If you are thinking of adding a railing to the edge of your deck, then try sourcing plain wooden balustrades or sleek metal designs as a more subtle and contemporary alternative to some of the over-decorated and elegant wooden styles that are more commonly available.

In summary, decks are a flexible garden feature which can not only create functional living space but enhance the rest of the backyard. If creating a deck, always ensure that you purchase your wood from a reputable supplier.

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