Outdoor patios and decks are great projects to complete prior to the summer. Imagine being able to come home from work, get a nice tall glass of something cold, and sit out on your decking or patio and enjoy the view. It isn’t as difficult as you might think, and probably less expensive than you anticipated.
With all of the things that cloud our life these days, computers, electronic gadgets, television, and mobile phones to name but a few, it’s nice to create a place where quiet and beauty are the focus. It creates an escape that adds tranquility to an otherwise hectic lifestyle. You won’t know how you ever survived without one once yours is built.
We will help you explore a few different options for this type of home improvement. Decking and patios can add value to your home, so besides the enjoyment you will get from this addition to your garden, you will also reap the benefits of adding monetary value to your property.
Before you tackle this project, you need to plan it well. Don’t take the simple square decking approach. When most people think of decking, they think of a flat, square platform. Today’s decks are much more than that. There are so many options, the planning stage will not only be the most important part of the project, but it will also be the most enjoyable.
Think of all of the activities your area of decking can be used for first. Sunbathing, barbecues, entertaining guests, parties and just relaxing and enjoying the view are some things that immediately come to mind. How much space will be required for you to get the full enjoyment out of your decking?
Are you going to place a hot tub out there – there’s now a great range of inflatable ones available if you don’t want to pay for something permanent? A barbecue? Patio furniture? Tables? An area for your favorite games and activities? An area closed off for your children? You will save a lot of money in the long run if you plan your decking for all the things you might use it for before you begin building it.
You can always add on to your decking later if your budget won’t allow you to build your dream decking all at one time. But if you have the option, do it right the first time. So make a list of what activities you want to have on your new deck. Draw out a rough sketch on paper that outlines the different areas you will be considering.
Consider the different possible shapes that would accommodate your different areas and that would enhance the beauty of both your decking and your home. Keep in mind, special shapes do require more work and possibly more expense. However, it might just be worth it so you have exactly the area of decking you want.
Once you have decided all of that, you will now need to attend to some details. First, of course, is deciding if you will be building it or will you be hiring a contractor?
Next you and your contractor are going to have to decide on the materials your decking will be made of. Some are made of standard softwood decking, others the slightly fancier hardwood. Alternatively, you can opt for composite decking, a mixture of wood and PVC. If you have young children around, you may want to opt for anti-slip decking.
The region you live in and your climate will probably have a lot to do with your choices. You want something that will last. If you choose the cheapest material you may end up with cheap decking, not built to last. You get what you pay for, so choosing the type of wood your deck will be built from is an important choice.
If you are going to build your decking yourself there are a lot of how to guides out there that can help you with each stage of the process.
Building it yourself will give you an enormous sense of pride and even more enjoyment knowing you built it. However, it requires skills you may not have depending upon your own level of experience. We don’t advise you to build your own deck if you are not familiar with building and carpentry in general.
We hope this blog has helped you learn at least the basics of getting your decking project going. A beautiful decking area is one of the greatest additions you will ever have for your garden. At Forestrall we offer a wide range of decking, balustrades, joists, posts and accessories. We’re available Monday to Saturday to help you with your decking choices.