Garden Decking Planning
Planning the perfect garden deck for your home will add value and create an outdoor living space for your enjoyment. You will need to decide where you want to place the deck. Once you have decided where you are going to put the deck let the planning begin.
Most decks are high points in the garden landscape. You will want to have privacy on your deck. Decide how you want to accomplish screening out prying eyes. Several ways to go about this are by either building a trellis or a pergola. You can combine these two elements and create your very own secret garden.
You will want to decide what you would like to do on your deck. Do you want to cook on it? Do you need to relax after a hard day at work? Will you want to garden on your deck? You will need to really think about this in the planning stage to determine the size of the deck that will give your desired result.
Wood decks are beautiful. They do require you to keep them clean and oil them once a year. There are new composite decking materials that claim to be maintenance free. The biggest problem with these products is they fade and mildew. To clean the composite decking you have to use toxic chemicals to clean off mildew and stains. They may fade to an ugly color you find hard to live with and then they need to be replaced.
The best way to green build a deck is to use new post for your deck to give your deck maximum life. Then use recycled wood for the decking and under decking. You will never see the under decking and you can put a new finish on the recycled wood for a beautiful finish. Deck finishes have been developed in recent years that are friendly to the environment and give you any finish you desire.
If you are going to add a pergola to your deck you will want to purchase posts that will give you the ability to do so when you purchase your posts. You can add a trellis to the railing supports easily and they will support most trellis plantings.
You can add a screen made out of bamboo that will last for many years to avoid prying eyes. You can paint them with a design to add that designer element you are desire.
Planning the right garden deck for your private garden will give you years of pleasure and enjoyment. Poor planning can make it an eyesore and make you wish you had never built it in the first place.