Spending time on the design of your deck will not only make sure it looks great, but it will also ensure that you get the most out of your investment. Unfortunately, if you get it wrong then you could find that it becomes an unloved waste of money. Not only is it important to find the best location in your garden, but the size is also crucial. If it is too small then it will be unusable and the wrong location could mean that you do not get all the benefit of your deck.Traditionally, a deck designer would use a pen and paper to show the customer what the finished deck will look like. Nowadays, this has been replaced with computer software that will allow you to model the deck in all dimensions as well as produce a printed design to examine when you are away from the computer.
Before you can get a great deck design, the designer will want to visit your garden and look at your requirements. This will allow them to get accurate measurements and a feel for the garden. To determine the best location for the deck, they will consider the direction of sunlight at the time of day when you are most likely to use it.
Design and Install
Many decking design companies offer the complete design and install service and can build the perfect bespoke deck. It does not matter how simple, or elaborate, your decking requirements are the designer will be able to draft the design. They can also point out any potential pitfalls that you have not thought of before.
If you do not have the skills to build the deck then your design company will have craftsmen who can come and build the deck for you. This will minimise your work and you will end up with a professional quality deck.
Even if you have the skills to construct your deck on your own, it can still help you if the design is already completed. You will get some detailed plans to follow, but the design company will be able to supply you with all of the materials you need. You can even get the timber planks cut to size along with any fixings, brackets and accessories that you might want.Choosing the Extras
No deck design is complete without adding all of the accessories that finish of the design and make it truly special. Your deck designer will be able to recommend any extra design features that you may wish to incorporate into the design.
The might include built-in planters to add a splash of colour to the deck or a seating area to make it more comfortable to sit on. You might even need a structure to give you shade if the deck is a sun trap. It does not matter what requirements you have, a good deck designer will be able to discuss them with you and use their skill and experience to give you the best design possible.
Integrating Decking With Your Home
For many people adding a deck is part of a larger redesign which often incorporates an open plan room linked to the deck and garden via bi-fold doors, or folding and sliding doors. These designs are incredibly practical as they provide the home owner with the maximum usable space whist still being suitable for all weathers. If the the design is right these indoor/outdoor spaces can be stunning with the inside seamlessly linking with the exterior deck.
This seamless design can be achieved in a number of ways. The crucial thing is to avoid harsh lines of colour change where the boundaries of house to deck and deck to garden occur. You can vary your materials but make sure the colours and tones are similar and complimentary and/or break the lines up with curves and soften with planting. The image below demonstrates one of these designs. The internal flooring matches the colour and materials of the exterior decking. The modern bi-fold doors have a soft grey colour and that, combined with their clean lines, mean they do not look out of place against this traditional stone home. The only improvements to the design would be a softer blend between the decking and lawn (which could easily be achieved with a few gravel curved beds or some planters) and laying the decking in the same direction as the internal floor boards.