Wednesday, 15 November 2017

GARDEN DECKS






An outdoor floor made of wood or wood like material, often elevated from the ground and usually connected to a building is called a deck. "decking" can be used in a number of ways - as part of garden landscaping, to extend living areas of houses, and as an alternative to stone based features such as patios. It is generally enclosed by a railing for safety. Access may be from the house through doors and from the ground via a stairway.
Before you design your deck, consider the following – How do you plan to use it? Where do you want to place your deck?  Do you entertain a lot? If so, how much of a seating arrangement would you require? How much privacy do you need? Once this is clear in your mind, you can plan the shape and size of your deck.
The stairway and railing need to be properly planed. As a thumb rule, the stairs must be at least 36” wide. The riser must not exceed 7” and the tread must be at least 10”. Railings are usually 36” – 42” high and the space between the balusters should be 4”.
Deck materials must not only be resistant to decay and insect damage, but also should be able to withstand the effects of water and sun.
·       Wood Decks - You can use several types of wood like pine or Mahogany. Treated lumber is durable and should always be used for structural areas such as floor joists and posts. Cedar and redwood are both gorgeous and they contain natural preservatives, making them more durable. However, that doesn’t mean that they won’t still need a good stain or sealer to keep them attractive.
·       Composite Decking - These types of decks have become a very popular choice. They are extremely low maintenance and very durable. Composite decking is created to look like many different types of wood.
Ground Level Decking – Ground level decking is the cheapest to install but the downside to it is that its more susceptible to rotting. This is because the wood will be sitting directly on the ground, which means that it is in constant contact with the water in the soil. You can avoid this problem by adding proper ventilation underneath the wood.
Multi-level decking- Multi level decking looks very impressive and it can really improve the overall look of your garden. Multi-level decking tends to cover a large area, so you can customise the area to fit your needs. If your garden is sloped but you still want to install decking, multi-level decking will help to solve this problem. The down side to this kind of decking is that it can be a bit more expensive and can take longer to install. Also, make sure it is properly supported, as the weight of seating and other furniture could compromise the deck.
Deck Lighting - Lighting is one of the key areas where you can get really creative with your deck. The right type of lights can transform your garden decking into a space that looks just as great at night as it does in the day.
Make Your Deck Look More Natural with Plants and Foliage- In order for your deck to blend in with the rest of your garden, add plants and foliage around the perimeter of your decked area. This can also help your decking to look softer and more natural. You can even add paving and gravel to keep the plants in place, which will add a new colour and texture to your decked area.
Add a bit of shade and coverage – A deck can be a sun trap! Therefore, it won’t be a bad idea to install a retractable awning or garden umbrellas.


Sukhmani
Interior & Landscape designer


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