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Decking design and how to get it right

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

It’s exciting to start a new decking project but it can also be a little bit intimidating too. On one hand it’s a great way to reconfigure the look and the functionality of your garden, on the other there’s plenty of things that could go wrong. Get the design of the decking right from the beginning though and you shouldn’t have too many problems. Read on for tips on how to succeed when you begin to deck out your garden.

  • Draw up a planned outline of your garden: When you first start to make plans for your decking it’s a good idea to draw up a rough plan of your garden. Create a bird’s eye view of the plot and print off a few copies so you can play around with a few design ideas.
  • Be imaginative with decking shapes: You have free range to create any shape of decking you like as long as you have room in the garden. Squares are okay, rectangular decking looks great but so does round decking in smaller types of gardens. You can use different sections of decking to break up the blandness of the garden just put some thought into the shape of the decks you want to use.
  • Don’t be afraid to use raised decking: Raised decks are good options to highlight certain sections of your garden, you can use them for eating areas or areas where you simply want to lounge about. Raise the profile of the decking in key areas and you really bring the garden to life.
  • Use clever lighting solutions: Sink colour changing LED lights into the top of the decking and you can create fashionable and functional social areas that look stunning at night. Lighting should be a major part of the decking design and you’ll be glad you took the time to get the lighting right once you use the decking for the first time.
  • Add features to funk up the decking: Accessories will give your decking the homely feel so add plants in designer containers, contemporary garden furniture, even add bunting to the area if you like. You can think about the features you want to add when you are working on the design of the decking and this should help you get the layout of the deck right.