Decking Designs

Posted: 14/03/2016 in Garden Design
Decking Designs Decking is functional, often corrective (merges areas and levels, conceals), and adds warmth and interest to outdoors spaces. Good decking successfully integrated into the design of the house and landscape increases the value of the property.

A well-designed decking area not only creates more living and entertainment space, it can engage eye movement in a pleasing direction or away from problem spots. Lively patterning, with angled boards or contoured edges, can sharpen a contemporary look while elegant tonal and surface contrasts can be achieved by combining hardwood with stone. Often, the choice of woo d for decking influences the garden’s character – deep golden brown ipe hardwood has a dramatic and luxurious effect while smooth iroko looks smart and clean.

The choice of deck design follows functional and lifestyle needs. Platform decks are simple, low-sitting structures attached to ground-level properties. They are the easiest to build, afford open views of the garden and can be creatively dressed up with benches, planters or an arbour.

Raised decks for properties with first floors require railings and stairs for safety and access and have exposed foundation posts. Two-storey decks are stunning outdoors features but can be complicated to build. They involve a great deal of carpentry and construction know-how.

Multi-level decks, on the other hand, are best for creating easy access through sloping environments. They also handily create separate functional areas, maximising outdoor living extensions. The different heights and greater surface area demand closer design and financial planning.

Free-standing decks are not attached to the property, and are often built when it is not practicable to attach the deck to the house. Self-supporting decks mean all structural considerations must be closely studied. Free-standing decking, however, can be aesthetically pleasing additions to the outdoors space, lending charm and an interesting focal point.

Well-planned decking considers how the deck will be used and integrated aesthetically and environmentally with the property. This process requires careful balancing of design, function and budgetary factors, with a willingness to compromise and remain flexible.

Most owners understandably prefer to leave decking design and construction to professionals, who can come up with cost-effective solutions and technically-sound structures while creating beautiful and enjoyable outdoors extensions. A designer or contractor makes both the design and build processes efficient and minimises (or, avoids) costly mistakes. Professionals take out the guesswork to deck building and take care to involve owners in every step of the design and construction phases.

Decking Designs

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Decking Designs