With Easter and Bank Holidays coming up next month, and with the weather (hopefully!) improving, now’s the time to start turning your attention to your garden. Having a space to enjoy outside, even if it’s just a small seating area, is a nice way to relax and enjoy the warmer air or have a barbecue. If you’re considering having some decking installed in your garden, then here are some ideas for ways in which it can be used.
If you want to create a functional and contemporary space in your garden or add a contrasting material to your outside décor, then decking is an ideal option to choose. It contrasts well with other natural materials and textures, such as stone, concrete or gravel and, with its wooden finish, looks good used amongst plants and trees. You can use it for projects large or small, choose wide or narrow boards and be as creative as you dare.
Depending on the project and work required, you can lay decking yourself or get an expert in to take charge. And, whilst soft and hardwood decking involves annual maintenance, companies such as Arbor Deck sell composite decking (a clever mix of wood and recycled plastic) is largely maintenance free, so perfect if you’ve got a busy life.
Decked patios and outdoor seating
Decking can be used to create a range of patios and outdoor seating areas. Where you’ve got patio doors opening up onto your garden, decking can be used to create an inviting extension of your living space.
You can use it to create a designated outdoor seating area for barbecues and entertaining, or in urban areas, it’s a useful material for creating a low-maintenance, grass-free roof garden.
Using decking to add lights
Decking is versatile and if you’re looking to add some lights into a patio, outside dining area, steps or decked walkway then this is easily achievable.
Lights can be fitted into the base decking panels so they’ll be lights under your feet, in steps to light up stairs or in side panels to highlight planting areas, pots or flowers.
Use decking to create steps and verandas
If your garden is on a slope or uneven surface, decking can be used to create safer areas and steps. It can also be used to create raised verandas, which are ideal for smaller spaces and create a balcony-like feel.
For more structural projects such as this, it’s recommended that an expert decking installer carries out the work for you.
Build raised decking beds
Decking is not just a useful material for patios and steps – it can also be used to make raised beds in your garden too. Whether you want them alongside a perimeter wall, forming a central focal point or as an alternative to using containers, raised beds create an element of height in your garden and are convenient and easy to plant and maintain.
They can be flower beds or vegetable plots, plus depending on the design, the edges of the bed can double up as seating – perfect if you have a small space and are keen to have extra seating!
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