have a sunny corner in their garden that they naturally gravitate towards: turn
that spot into a backyard terrace and rest of the design will follow. Read our secrets
on building the perfect versatile patio or garden deck area.
how your decking will be used. If it’s primarily for adults, you can be more
creative, opting for split levels and including freestanding planters. If you
have children, you may want to add a sandpit or seats with built-in storage.
like clematis are perfect for small spaces. If your neighbor has a fabulous tree,
make the most of this vista.
- The three
main board types to consider are softwood (the most competitively priced);
hardwood like balau (naturally durable); and composite decking, which comes in
a variety of colors and finishes.
- Keep at least
a five-millimeter gap between each board end-to-end and a six-millimeter gap
side-to-side to allow for drainage and airflow around the deck.
- Treat your
timber with a water- repelling preservative solution and choose
corrosion-resistant materials such as stainless steel for screw fixings.
- Your deck
will need care and attention; oiling from time to time and washing down with a
mild soap- and-water solution to help preserve it.
- Most DIY
enthusiasts could lay low-level decking, but if you plan on creating split
levels, employ a professional.