In Australia, we like our big iconic monuments. From the Big Banana to the Big Koala, we are proud of our Aussie culture. And what’s more iconic to the modern Australian Backyard than the humble Australian Deck? No true blue backyard is complete without one. It is important you choose a design and materials that are going to survive whatever conditions are thrown at it. So here is a brief guide to designing your very own Great Australian Deck.
Consider Your Materials
Choosing cheaper materials can save you some money, but it could also mean you are missing out quality products. Your timber needs to last, and be safe for your family to be around. Ask your landscaper about which are the most cost effective materials that will still stand the test of time.
Living in a bush-fire prone area? It is important to try to design your deck such that it will not lead to the damage of your home. Wood will burn, but by also using steel, brick, block piers and frames you can cut down the amount of timber you’re incorporating into your deck. This decreases your chances of the whole structure being damaged in the event of a fire.
To treat or not to treat? Coats and oils will protect your deck from weathering, however for protection against wood rot, termites and general decay, treated timber is your best choice. There are different considerations when it comes to treating your timber, depending on your area. Ask you landscaper about whether you need treated timber in your backyard.
Platform Decks – These are low-bearing decks that are probably the easiest to create. They usually require treated timber, as their proximity to the ground makes it an easy target for wood rot.
Raised Decks – these often give great views to the surroundings of your home, but can leave the foundations of your house exposed. Discuss with your landscaper about which plants, walls or structures you can use to hide your foundations.
Multi-Level Decks – For sloping backyards, multi-level decks are ideal. They are also a fun way to play with space and dimension in your garden.
Free-standing Decks – These are ideal for backyards that are unable to connect a deck directly to the house. They can provide a nice oasis in your backyard, and spread out your outdoor entertainment area.
Give Valley Garden Landscapes a call today on (02) 9548 6024, for more information on designing your Great Australian Deck. Also check out the Projects tab on our website, to view some of our most recent deck designs.