It is great to be able to relax and enjoy your time outdoors, which is why so many people consider the idea of installing a deck – I’m dying to get some decking installed in my garden and was hoping to do it this Summer but it just didn’t happen although I did spend a lot of time planning it at the start of the Summer so I like to think I’m a bit of an expert now. 😉
Getting some composite deck boards from TimberTech UK that are designed not to splinter, rot or warp, will ensure that your decking looks great and stays that way. What is left to do, is set about planning the sort of deck addition that will give you hours of pleasure and even add some value to your home.
A checklist of wants and needs
As with any DIY or makeover project, it makes sense to sit down and make a list of everything that you really want and need from decking.
One of your first considerations and one of the main aspects that will ultimately influence your design, is how you plan on using the space that you are creating. If you are looking for a decking area where you will be entertaining on a regular basis, you will want to incorporate features that give you the options you want, such as a barbecue area.
If you looking to install some decking to compliment another leisure area, such as a relaxation area alongside your pool or hot tub, this will also have a bearing on how you design your decking.
Seating and storage arrangements should also be a consideration on your checklist. You might decide that you want some built-in seating or it could be that you might consider that some storage options are important.
Take you time to create a comprehensive checklist of everything you want your decking to be and to do, so that you get the chance to create a design that ticks all of the right boxes.
Location is key
There may be some logistical restrictions imposed on you when trying to decide where you position your decking, but if you have a range of options, think carefully about the location, as it can be key to getting the most enjoyment and use out of your decking area.
Also, there may be some planning restrictions that you need to take into account, so check whether your intended project needs some official approval.
A popular location for your decking would be directly adjacent to your kitchen or living room area, so that it feels like you are extending the room outside. It also means that there is a natural flow, allowing you to open the doors and simply step outside onto your decking area.
Remember to take sun exposure and shade into account. You will no doubt know where the sun rises and falls around your property, so try to make your decking plans align with when and where the sun is likely to shine on your decking, when you most want it.
Another aspect to consider when locating your decking is privacy. If you are overlooked by neighbouring properties, look at ways to create a design and use a location that gives you the best possible chance of privacy and seclusion.
You will obviously want your decking area to be easy on the eye, and another important consideration that will help you to achieve that aim, is to ensure that you choose a style and finish to your decking that compliments the existing design of your home.
Many selling agents will no doubt confirm that a deck which blends in nicely with your existing architecture will most likely add some value to the property. Composite decking tends to be a popular choice as it is aesthetically pleasing as well as offering ease of maintenance combined with longevity, allowing you to enjoy your investment for many years to come, or recoup some of the cost when you sell.
Decking allows you to follow a trend
There is a big trend towards creating what are referred to as living zones within your home, and decking allows you to follow and enjoy that trend.
What homeowners are looking to do is combine their indoor and outdoor living space into one living zone that best suits their lifestyle and needs. Decking allows you to walk seamlessly from your indoor space and into your outdoor living area, where you can then fire up the barbecue, relax with the family, or whatever else you want to do with your newly created living zone.
If you are planning on creating your dream outdoor space, decking simply has to be a part of those plans.
Thanks to Zachary Morgan for the advice. Zachary is a garden designer who has been self-employed for several years doing the job he loves. He writes for garden, DIY/decor and lifestyle blogs when time permits, sharing ideas and how-to’s.
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