Decked out: Garden decking

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Whether you have a small or large garden, a deck is the perfect finishing element to make your outdoor space more functional and usable. On top of this, decking adds variety and creates different points of interest; you can picnic on the grass, sow seeds in the soil and dine on the deck.

The choice of available finishes is vast; from new to reclaimed timber and softwood and hardwood, you can spend days, weeks and even months tearing your hair out over this decision. Environmental factors are obviously important; with some timbers performing better in certain climates than others. The same goes for location, some areas are prone to termites and white ants, which means a deck would not be a good financial investment for you.

Inside out

Courtyard House  -  East Dulwich:  Terrace by Designcubed
Designcubed

Courtyard House — East Dulwich

Designcubed

This stunning example of an inside outside living space has been masterfully created with this ash timber deck. These large bi-fold doors literally open the outside space into the inside space, creating a double living space for entertaining. Add a barbecue, an outdoor setting, good company and good food and you have the perfect party area.

Views

When you have a view like this, it is only fitting that you want an expansive deck to maximise the time you can spend outside. Created with the perfect ambience to linger while the sun rises and sets, this deck has a myriad of uses. For a breakfast in solitude, or a cocktail party with friends, this deck is an outstanding example of what can be achieved by an expert carpenter.

With nature

Agapanthus in full bloom: tropical Garden by Paul Newman Landscapes
Paul Newman Landscapes

Agapanthus in full bloom

Paul Newman Landscapes

If you want to be within and amongst your plants and nature, you can always include a small deck that sits right up against the greenery. This example is great for those who don't have much space or time to maintain a full garden. You can plant an edge or border of plants around your deck and let the plant life grow wildly into the space. Not ideal for modernists or minimalists, but this idea is great for those who want to make the most of their available space and want to have their piece of land within inner city life.

Rule it out

If you don't have a raised or cantilevered platform like most decks, you can simply choose to use decking as a dividing point between different areas in your garden. Here, you can see how a deck has been placed on the ground level, but creates an obvious sectioning point between grass and timber. A timber deck is far more durable than a grass outdoor entertaining area. Aside from the obvious things like the fact it doesn't need to be watered, it also is less susceptible to wear and tear from shoes and playing children. So, if you still want the beautiful benefits that come with a deck but only have a single story home, this example fits your needs perfectly.

Oriental themed

A deck can easily be an expression of your personality, or simply remind you of vacations and holiday spots from far away places. This example has been tastefully decorated with Buddha statues, beach stones and Mediterranean accents. A deck need not be boring and sterile; the range of durable outdoor furniture that is available today far surpasses what could be found a decade ago. So, on that note, get busy adding fun elements and a little spice to your deck!

For more outdoor inspiration see ’Garden design ideas and Small garden ideas’.

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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