The Love Your Garden Team travelled to Durham for their latest project and Nathan James Dodd saw them use another Grange timber product as an integral part of the renovated garden
This is my guide to wooden decking, a beautiful addition to any garden which will enhance the look and serves a great purpose too.
Decking is more than just several planks of wood fastened together, it can free you from the tyranny of your garden. Do you enjoy all the space that the garden gives to your house? As potentially the largest room in the home, it is too often turned over to grass, and the garden becomes another chore.
Yet when the sun shines your garden can be the best place on earth to relax. Invite friends around, have a barbecue and a bottle of wine. It's easy, unless your garden is just a broken old patio, shaggy lawn, and a few weedy plants.
When your garden's a nightmare, but you dream of dining in style under the moonlight on a perfect summer's evening, you may need a clue. Better still I have the answer.
It's very fashionable, practicable and affordable and it's called wooden decking.
As popular in the United States and Scandanavia as block paving is in your street, it can simply transform your backyard into the outdoor living room featured in the glossy magazines of tomorrow's world.
Decking is extremely flexible. It lends itself to uneven surfaces, awkward shapes and particularly different levels. D.I.Y. kits include steps, handrails, in-fill panels as well as the basic decking boards.
Simply design the patio you want, secure the support timbers, overlay with decking and finish off with style. You have to be able to saw a piece of wood and put in a few screws and nails, but it really is not beyond the average man or woman. Alternatively ask your local Garden Centre for a brochure and hand it to a local builder. Start small and you can extend it as and when you have the time and money.
Compared to any other form of patio it is not expensive, it looks stunning in any garden, and it allows the freedom of design we all want.
Stain it mahogany for an upmarket feel, leave it to weather and fade if colonial America is the mood, or paint it bright colours for a modern fun loving effect.
Spread out the garden furniture, light up the barbecue and give me a ring. I'll bring the wine!
View our range of garden decking kits.
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