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Deck Building and Renovation

Having a place to sit back, relax and not have kids jumping up and down at the end of each day is one thing mostly overlooked by most renovators. A relaxing deck not only creates a flow between the house and garden but also provides adult owners an escape to the chores and jobs of the day.

Deck renovation

Positoning the deck to be west-facing allows your retreat to savour in some beautiful afternoon sunshine in the summer that makes great Lazy Sunday's. In winter, proper lighting can turn it into the perfect spot to relax and soak up some rays.

Bringing the outside in

Bringing the outside in

To really maximise the flow between indoor and outdoor areas, aim to keep the deck area as open as possible to ensure the line of sight from the living room to the garden is free of distraction. Painting the neighbouring wall in a luminous, light-reflecting cream shade, can create the optical illusion of a bigger space.

Having a Deck is fabulous but when the wood deck boards start to split, curl and come loose, it is time to rebuild.
When renovating your deck, the most important things to consider initially are: working with what you have ?

Do it yourself or use a contractor?

If you're handy with a hammer and considering installing your own deck, DIY deck building can be a rewarding and challenging experience. It can also quickly turn into your worst nightmare. If you have the skills to build a deck, consider time, tools and insurance.

Time constraints can quickly ruin your dream of building a deck. If you’re a weekend warrior with a 9-5 job, it can be difficult at best to find the time to build a deck on the weekend.
Post hole diggers, nail guns, screw guns, laser levels and wheelbarrows are all basic tools that are a must-have when building a deck. If you plan on buying tools to build your deck, you may want to hire a professional that already has what they need to get the job done.
A professional deck installer has the insurance they need in case a problem happens. If materials are damaged or stolen during construction, a professional builders risk insurance policy is the only way you’re going to recoup the losses.
When you've decided whether to go DIY or to get a builder, Here's a few tips to assist in your deck building.

Deck Lighting

Outdoor LED lights are a cost effective way to add some style to your deck. Highlight steps and doorways for safety, put a spotlight near cooking and conversation areas, or add the warmth and appeal of a soft glow.
lighted stairs

Lighting can be used to transform your deck into a more exciting outdoor living space at night.

Designing a deck to meet your needs and budget

It is important to keep your budget in mind while designing a deck. The types of materials and size of the deck will determine the overall cost. Building a deck yourself and reducing wasted materials can save you thousands of dollars.

Decking Materials

Probably the most difficult decision to make when building a deck is what type of decking material to use. Decking materials are very different, there's a huge variety to choose from and they vary in price and quality dramatically. Composites, PVC, and Aluminum materials are a few very popular deck materials. Do note, that Composite deck materials look exactly like timber yet have then benefit of not being affected by UV, never needing re-sanding or staining - This makes the job of what to select fairly easy as maintenance shouldn't take too much of your time. After all this space is for relaxing right?

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