Now that spring is in the air, you might already be thinking about getting your decking project ready in time for proper sunshine. But before you start finalising your plans, it’s a good idea to have a proper think about all the options, so that your project pans out smoothly and you get tip-top results. With that in mind, in this two-part series we’ve collected a couple of key considerations you’ll want to look at before you get cracking.
It sounds like an obvious question, but you might be surprised at how many people skim past it! You don’t have to choose it for just one purpose, obviously, but what you want to use it for will probably influence a whole load of other aspects, like its size and location (just to name a couple). Are you after a space for entertaining, or dining with your family? Maybe you want it to dabble in a bit of container gardening, or even just kick back and relax on your own, away from prying eyes. In fact, that leads us nicely onto…
The location of your decking is another big one on your list – and one you’re hardly going to overlook. It’s possible to forget about privacy, though, until the project is already well underway, so it’s a good plan to keep that one in mind early! First of all, look at the space you plan to place your decking project. How close is it to the house, and how exposed is it to weather conditions? For example, is it in the shade, or is it sufficiently sheltered from the rain? Actually on that note, a traditional pergola kit might be a wise choice if you want to give yourself a bit of extra shelter.
Once that’s sorted, think about privacy, and protected your decking is from neighbours or passers-by (and of course, whether you’re that fussed about it anyway). How visible are you when sitting out on your decking? How visible are other people to you? Does your decking overlook anyone else’s garden, or does anyone else’s overlook yours? If so, repositioning your decking might be a good plan – or failing that, investing in a bit of privacy screening.
This is the big one! What sort of budget you have will be influenced by a lot of factors, including the size of the deck and the intricacy of its design (which we’ll explore in more detail in next week’s blog), and what sort of materials you want to use. Before you can make practical decisions on all of those, though, you’ll need to work out what sort of money you’re willing to invest.
Overspending on decking projects is often a nightmare scenario, because either you finish the project and you’re faced with a bit of financial fallout, or you’re forced to leave the project unfinished for several weeks or months until you can get the funds together again – which is unattractive at best, and can even be unsafe at worst, even in a family home. For those reasons alone, it’s definitely worth getting your figures straightened out early!
Stay tuned for the second and final part in this series next week – in the meantime, don’t forget to check out the huge number of decking accessories we have available. Or if you want any help or advice, just pop into any one of our DIY stores across the North West; we’ve got locations in Preston, Blackpool and Wigan, and our friendly members of staff are always willing to lend a hand!