Decking can help transform any space into a practical and stylish spot for entertaining, dining, or simply relaxing, whether it is a large country garden, small town garden or compact terrace. It is a known fact that a ‘good-looking’ deck can add a lot of value to your home. Decks additions or renovations are the number one project buyers and sellers of property do to their houses, either post purchase or pre-sale.
Our carpenters at Capital Tradies have come up with a few handy design hints to help you along the way.
- Do it yourself or use a contractor
Building a deck can be a good project to get you started if you like the idea of doing the carpentry yourself, however make sure you have gathered some expert advice before starting so that the main foundations are in place for your deck to be straight, level and secure. There is a very large selection of decking boards in the market today including our composite boards, make sure to do your research on the maintenance required for the type of decking board you are considering so that you have all the information you will need on the lifecycle of your outdoor living space.
Before designing a deck area you should consider where the sun will be at different times of the day. Also, will the deck be protected from prevailing winds, by fences, walls or buildings? Finally, will the decking interfere with any household services; in particular will it affect access to drains or vents? If so, access to these may need to be built in to the design.
- Size matters
As with any home extension, you should try to make the improvements look as though they were part of the original house. Therefore size should be taken into consideration when designing a deck area. A small deck on a large house may look like an obvious addition, rather than an organic part of the house. Similarly, oversized decking on smaller houses or in compact outdoor spaces can look equally out of place. We offer a wide range of decking in a variety of styles and finishes to make sure they are in keeping with the overall look and feel of the garden.
Choosing the right decking or even getting the right advice may be a daunting task made very simple if you ask the right person the right questions. Which hardwood timber is best? Grooved deck boards or smooth deck boards - which are best? Should the carpenters use the grooves face down stating that grooves or reeds on a decking board to allow for airflow underneath the boards to stop moisture build up?
- On the slopes
One of the best ways to make the most out of a garden with a slope, especially one that slopes away from the house, is to fit multi-level decking and outdoor balustrade. Not only can this add interest to the garden design and break up larger areas, it also makes uneven or sloping gardens more useable and safer.
Whatever outdoor surface you choose, the carpenters at Capital Tradies can offer the best solution for creating a dream deck in Canberra.