Thinking about extending your outdoor space by incorporating fresh, modern-looking timber decking? There are a number of things to consider before commencing your project, even if you’ve had the time to weigh up the options over the years. While your neighbours may have you green with envy with theirs, it’s not always quite as easy as they make it look on TV renovation shows. So, here’s what you need to know about installing a decking in your yard.
Council regulations of building a decking
It is possible that your local council will have some rules about the size, materials, hazards or other issues which you need to be aware of. It’s a good idea to check with them first to make sure that what you want is permitted. If you choose a team to construct your design – like Addon Pergolas – we can also help you with any approvals.
Obviously, this will be a major consideration and you will need to have some sort of plan in mind to be able to get quotes for the work. It’s a good idea to get a few opinions first. Make sure that the quotes are very clearly set out with an itemised description of what is to be done and that you are comparing like with like. At Addon Pergolas, we’ll always provide you with a clear outline of project costs and inclusions.
Building a deck can add up in expenses, especially if you’re trying to do it yourself. This is why it’s so important to know exactly what you’re getting for your hard-earned money. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
It’s all about the planning
If you’re thinking of a simple design, the plan will be fairly straightforward. But for something more unique, it’s wise to get advice from a professional. Some decks entail complex processes and precautions, so it pays to do your research first.
A professional can help with the structural planning, including a detailed design with measurements and an interpretation of how the finished product will look.
The size and shape of your block
A sloping block is going to need more detailed planning and work than a flat block and you’ll need to consider the size of the house and the land to make sure the placement of the deck will work with what’s already there. Your dedicated builder will be able to help you with this aspect.
The type of material
What sort of timber will the deck be made from? There are a number of different wood varieties available as well as modern wood composites. When you consult with our team, we’ll provide you with recommendations so we can determine the best option for your needs.
The style of the deck
Apart from the timber surface, you may also have to consider balustrades, especially if the structure is to be raised from the ground; otherwise, it could prove dangerous if someone fell.
There are many types of materials from which balustrades can be made – such as more timber, aluminium, stainless steel wire and chrome. However, the balustrade should have some connection with the style of the house and/or the deck itself.
Another consideration is the inclusion of a roof. It may not be necessary, as other forms of coverage can be enough, but there is a lot to be said for some permanent shade in our climate and shelter if the weather turns nasty (we’re talking to you, Melbourne).
A deck is always a very desirable addition to a property but it is advisable to get some help with all the details first. To ensure you have all bases covered, speak with the Addon Pergolas team for a no-obligation discussion.