Wood Deck Design
In recent years Wood Deck Design has become big business in the landscape gardening sector. Building a deck in the garden has become the fashion as people have tried to extend their home into the garden by creating an outdoor dining space used for socialising. Other projects include balconies or verandas.
Depending on where you live and how large the structure will be, building a deck is often a permitted development without the need to obtain planning permission from the local authority. However, safety should always be considered, particularly when children use the garden.
Many opt for a do-it-yourself approach rather than commissioning a garden designer or landscape architect. The advantage of using a professional to create your wood deck design is that previews of decking plans can be viewed through industry standard deck design software such as;
Building a deck can be a low maintenance solution and is an ideal way of dealing with difficult or uneven terrains such as steep hills or covering areas of water and has generally less groundwork to do than laying patio slabs.
Decks may be floating - so called because they are not attached to a building, or freestanding - expanding the usable living space to include the outdoors, as well as observation decks. In some cases they may be used as screening for protection against a prevailing wind.
The construction is usually made up of;
Where the garden is not flat, steps may be built on to the side or inset with landings where applicable. When you build a deck your designs should incorporate adequate provisions for services, like drains and manholes, or access to storage space under the decking.
Built in LED Deck Lights, sometimes solar powered, give the wood deck design a unique feel and provides lighting as the natural light fades in the evening. Another way of expressing some style and personality in your design is by the use of metal balustrades or glass panels below the railings.
Wooden Structures are a good compliment when built adjacent to or over the deck such as;
Decking Boards are available in many widths and thicknesses with numerous profiles, textures and colour schemes. Common materials used in wood deck design are;
Pressure Treated Softwood boards may be tannalised timber which is often Redwood or Western Red Cedar and is treated in a preservative designed to last 15 to 20 years.
Hardwood Decking which tends to be more expensive and requires more care. Hardwoods are often Malaysian Balau, Mahogany and come in thinner thickness.
Metal Decking is rarely used in the garden as it is designed more for industrial use and is sometimes covered with vinyl.
Composite Decking is a maintenance free product which is made from several different materials such as recycled plastic wood fibre or sawdust.
Vinyl Decking is some kind of PVC alternative but contains no wood and is impervious to rot. Some brands use carbon or fibreglass reinforcement.
Suppliers of the various materials will extol the virtues of their products claiming Non-slip Surfaces, Water Resistance, Splinter-free, Non Warping, Non Splitting, Insect Resistant, Easy Install and Multiple Colour Ranges.
If you are planning to build a deck or have completed you decking project, we want to see your wood deck design, decking plans and completed project pictures. Let us know why you chose the particular materials used and any recommendations you may have.
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DKGWCL001 - Low Curved Wood Deck Design
DKGWCL002 - Low Straight Wood Deck Design
DKGWCL003 - Sleeper Wood Deck Design Alternative
DKGLMF001 - Wood Deck & Pond Makeover
DKGGRL001 - Deck Path & Indian Sandstone Patio
DKGAWG001 - Decking With Built-in Flower Planters
DKGART001 - Landscaping Spaces of Narrow Garden with Deck & Flower Beds
DKGFED001 - Octagonal Gazebo Built on Raised Deck for Swimming Pool
DKGOSS001 - Circular Decks & Lawns with Planting Space & Garden Lighting