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Some Important Points To Consider When Building Garden Decking

January 13th, 2011

Maybe for some time now you have really wanted the perfect garden decking but have been unsure as to what’s involved and where to begin. Below are some important points to help you get started.

Before embarking on a build you will need to have a pretty accurate idea of cost, design, lighting, size, type of materials, and how it will be completed. Many designs that are in magazines or books can be created by you at low cost. If something more original is more your cup of tea, you can of course create your own design and layout including all the features that you love.

The first thing that you need to be very clear about is your budget. Once you know how much money you plan to spend you can you get an idea of the design, and the type of materials that you will be able to use. You may also want to look online to see decking examples created by keen diy’ers and professional companies. The majority of garden design companies will be running a website with an image gallery that will be very useful to you as you will be able to view designs and pictures online, therefore giving you ideas and inspiration. You will also be able to view pictures in the various gardening magazines to give you additional guidance.

The material that you use can complement your home and decor. Bricks, wood, and steel can all be material choices that you can apply for your project. Some of them will last longer than others, some will be considerably cheaper and without doubt some will definitely look better. It all depends on what look you want to achieve and how the project will compliment the landscaping of your home. You can of course combine more than one type of material to help achieve the result you desire.

Most decking is not complete without lighting. If you like to host social functions outside or simply enjoy outdoor dining, you will want to integrate some kind of lighting to compliment your landscape. There are a myriad of lighting choices you can pick. However, you will want to pick something that has the ability to not use a lot of energy or can be converted to low voltage so that your energy costs will not skyrocket. Always remember to think ahead when kicking off your project, as there will definitely be preparatory work required for the lighting that will cause you major headaches if you leave it until the decking is completed.

There are lots of keen and ambitious people who decide they can complete their garden decking project on their own. If you decide that you want to go about doing this yourself you should speak with a landscape consultant and even a builder to help you get started. You definitely shouldn’t rush the project, and it’s very likely that over the time of the construction the decking design will evolve. Once you’ve completed the job you can take pride in knowing that you completed the job yourself.

If you think it’s too much work for you to take on, commission a professional garden landscaping and design company to undertake the whole project.

The author is based in London in the UK and works in the multimedia industry. For advice on garden design, decking or garden landscaping he recommends visiting Outdoor Creations.

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