A deck is a centerpiece of all your outdoor amenities.
It can add value to your property, a great way to finish off your pool, or can be a safe haven for your kids who would always play outdoors. Decks have several functions that deciding on which design suits your taste best is quite difficult.
To help identify the right decking design for you, read up some tips:
1. Determine the purpose of your new deck
Do you often hold BBQ weekend specials? Do you want a deck around your swimming pool? Perhaps, you want to have a timber decking for your outdoor kitchen? Each purpose comes with different requirements. A decking for your BBQ may require different materials from a raised deck for patios and balconies. The structure largely depends on the function that you are going to use the deck for.
2. Choose the right location
This a major factor in coming up with a suitable design for your deck. For example, will the deck be attached to your pool, around a tree, or attached to your home? It is important to determine the amount of available space you still have fora wide or small deck. Only then you will be able to know where you can build your new deck.
Additionally, some deck designs are ideal for flat areas just as there are designs suitable for spaces with irregular shapes. The most common deck design is the one attached to a home, serving as an extension to the living room.
Raised decks such as those meant for veranda and balcony often need a layer of structural support for the second and succeeding floor decks. Deck for a balcony or anything that is over 1m above the ground will need an array of handrails to give structural support.
For deck plans with 4m++ of elevation off the ground, more rules and regulations will come into the picture before finalizing a design. Better talk to your landscape consultant to do things right the first time.
4. What kind of decking material you’re going to use?
Wood deck materials may vary depending on the design you want to pursue. Of course, each wood has its own pros and cons but you should always aim for durability, aesthetic appeal, affordability, and ease of use. Timber is the most popular option among deck architects and homeowners because they look good outdoors, stay cool during the hot summer months, and less intensive when it comes to maintenance.
In Australia, hardwood is commonly used for various applications, including furniture. In comparison to its softwood counterpart, hardwood is generally more aesthetically appealing because of its bold colors – depending on the plant species it came from – such as red, patterned, blonde, and ochre. You’ll have plenty of choices and even some manufacturers like Softwoods’ hardwood decking offer free consultations for timber decking plans, accessories and tools so you can start with your project with confidence.
5. Would you want to add a Pergola?
Covering the entire deck with a pergola could be a great move. It can definitely add appeal to the already gorgeous wood deck, but be aware that installing one should be done with precaution. You will have to decide if you want to add a pergola early on because this feature requires more structural support and it should come up through the wood deck.
There you have it! Once you are ready for building your new deck, it’s time to find the best timber decking supplier or designer in your area.
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