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When it comes to doing up a house, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the interior house renovation and simply overlook the outside space.

As a result, it can come as quite a revelation when you finally do take the time to focus on your external property and commit to garden renovation.

That being said, an outdoor redesign isn’t a walk in the park: things can and usually do go wrong, leading to unforeseen headaches and hassles you could do without.

To help you through the dark times and limit the roadblocks along the way, we’ve outlined the whole process below with this guide to decking garden renovation.

 

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Step 1: Plan

There’s an old military phrase that rings true in a number of fields – garden renovation being one of them – and it goes like this: “Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents P**s Poor Performance”.

Crude, maybe. Accurate, without question. While you may not need military precision for your garden revamp, it certainly does pay to be organised.

In order to ensure your project goes off without a hitch, prior planning is key. The last thing you need is to get halfway through a project and realise it’s not quite as you envisioned.

Sketch out how you want your garden to look and where you want your deck to be positioned. Simply putting pen to paper can go a long way in helping you visualise what your new garden will look like.

Be sure to record dimensions and measurements in your sketch where possible. This will help you when it comes to pricing up quotes for materials down the line.

 

Step 2: Design

Once you’ve settled on the where’s and how’s, it’s time to pick out the what’s by choosing a design and making that mental plan begin to take a physical shape.

At TimberTech, we have a huge selection of composite decking designs on hand to give you the ultimate freedom of choice: from the quintessential charm of the EasyClean Legacy Vintage White to the ominous mystique of the EasyClean Tropical Storm Grey.

What’s more, in addition to a myriad of individual design ranges, we also have a choice of composite decking board types to choose from as well, providing both capped and uncapped composite decking.

While uncapped composite decking is inherently hard-wearing and sturdy, our capped composite range is as good as it gets. Boasting a protective polymer sleeve for moisture protection, capped decking is virtually impermeable and extremely durable, even in the harshest of conditions.

 

Step 3: Execute

Right, you’ve planned your design, you’ve chosen your board of choice and you’ve had them all delivered to your front door. Now what?

If you happen to be a confident and competent MVP of DIY, you may fancy your chances at installing your own deck. Self-installation can be cheaper and is a common option for those who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty and/or have the time to do so.

That being said, laying down composite decking can be tricky, so you may want to call in our team of experts to help with installation. After all, garden renovations don’t often come cheap, so it’s worth getting it right first time. A botched job now could cause untold damage later on.

If you do plan on installing the decking yourself, be sure to refer back to the Decking Installation Resources for details. Alternatively, why not have a browse at our TimberTech Installation Videos for a fool-proof, step-by-step guide.

 

Step 4: Maintain

Once your deck is finished and your garden renovation is complete, all that’s left to do dust off that sun lounger, set it to recline and pop that bottle of wine in celebration of a job well done.

Composite decking is intrinsically low-maintenance requiring very little upkeep, giving you fewer things to worry about and more time to relax.

If you do want to keep your decking surface in tip-top condition over the coming weeks, months and years, simply give it a scrub and a once over with a jetwash to periodically to keep it looking as good as the day it arrived.

 

For more information on doing up a house with garden decking, why not drop us a line today? Call on 029 2080 3756 or click the button below to find out all you could want to know ahead of your garden renovation.

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Our hard-wearing, slip-resistant decking is intended to be enjoyed all year round, so Christmas is the perfect time to add a special little something to your home and garden. Granted, we're not saying you'll be sitting out there enjoying a glass of mulled wine in the not-so-great British weather, but, it does make for a pretty amazing platform to show off your decorating skills this Christmas. 

Here are just a couple of ideas to 'deck out' your decking this Christmas, adding a dose of festive fun to your outdoor space:

A Real Christmas Tree

It's simple but effective, all you need is a solid base and some (ideally solar-powered) fairy lights and you're good to go! As we like to be as tree-friendly as possible here at TimberTech, we would also encourage you to ensure that your tree is provided by the British Christmas Tree Growers Association and that you do not let it become part of the 90% of trees that end up in a landfill this year. Many councils allow you to compost them, so be sure to look for your nearest recycling point once the festive season has come to an end.

 Icicle Curtain Christmas Lights

This Christmas Decorations Outlet stock some lovely, draped icicle lights, in a range of tones and lengths to suit your needs. We think they would look fantastic draped over one of our glass balustrades.

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While our garden decks alone are enough to reinvigorate your garden space, they are made even better by adding some great garden accessories to help set them off! From planters to shelves, there are some fantastic ornamental garden accessories to be found online, a few of which we've listed below to give you some ideas!

Luxurious Planters From Foras

These incredible slate planters lend and air of sleek modernity to your deck, while also adding a hint of natural glamour with their enchanting marbled appearance. The combination of design and quality makes them an excellent choice for your deck, providing you with an impressive way to display your plants.

Pretty and Practical Cushions From Izabela Peters 

If you would like to use your deck as a dining or seating area, a great way to make it feel extra homely is by adding some colourful cushions. While you may be concerned that soft furnishings won't withstand the damp climate, you needn't worry with these cushions, which are as resilient to rain as our own garden decking! Treated with an anti-fungal agent and easily wiped clean, these lovely, floral cushions are the perfect way to perk up your outdoor seating. 

 Quirky Vintage Deckchairs From Hen & Hammock

While an ornamental deckchair from your local antique shop may look great on your deck, they will often be to fragile to use, remaining purely ornamental in value. We know that deck space is valuable to our customers, as is their safety, which is why we tracked down these lovely vintage style chairs from Hen&Hammock. Preserving the retro-chic look of the seaside while remaining safe and practical, these chairs are a great choice for garden parties and picnics!

  Ornamental Display Stands from Perrywood 

If you're looking for a clever and unusual way to create stunning flower displays, then why not get one or both of these quirky stands from Perrywood? The delightful, little pushcart-shelf on the left is perfect for adding lots of little terracotta pots, while the bike planter makes an excellent and unusual way to arrange clusters of flowers. 

 Steel and Rose Watering Can From Gardens2You

We love items that are both pleasing to the eye and handy for maintaining the garden, which is why we had to include this lovely steel watering can on our list. The vintage style of the can adds a healthy dose on nostalgia to your outdoor space, while the rose gold details bring a unique modern touch to the garden accessory. Thanks to the whether resistant quality of the material, it can also withstand the more unforgiving conditions, allowing you to have it on display and at-hand all year round!

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One of the many benefits of adding a beautiful decked area to your outdoor space is having somewhere to entertain your friends and family in style. Whether you want to host an evening garden party during the summer, or simply want a lovely view of your outdoor space during the cold winter months, there is a multitude of ways that you can light up your decking, making it look just as good by night as it does by day! 

Beautiful Hanging Lights 

Hanging lighting is a great way to light your decking from overhead, adding a touch of homeliness to your outdoor space. 

 

We love this unusual crochet style light from The Worm that Turned, as it brings a touch of indoor, vintage chic outside!

Fire Pits

These not only allow you to add a stunning, warm glow to your deck but also allow you to keep warm when things get chilly! 

 

Who needs camping trips, when you can create a cosy fireside space from your own garden deck? We love this durable fire pit from Arpe Studio at Not on the High Street, as it blends rustic style and modern design beautifully!

Light Plants

Believe it not, adding extra light to your garden isn't all about the lighting itself! In fact, adding light coloured flowers or foliage to your garden will help to reflect both natural and artificial light, making them ideal additions for brightening up your space.

 

If you're looking to add some light to your garden via the plants you choose to display, why not go for some white Hydrangeas and light-leaved plants like the Siberian bugloss or 'Jack Frost' as it's more commonly known.

Fairy Lights

Fairy lights are a classic choice for outdoor lighting, thanks to their versatility and the range of options available! With such a wide variety of styles, lengths and power options, you're sure to find a set to suit your needs! 

 

The Lights4Fun lantern lights from Not on the High Street are a fantastic way to inject a dose of festival chic into your decking area.

Do it Yourself!

There's tons of inspiration available for making your own outdoor lighting solutions, so have a browse online and get crafty! 

 

We love these pretty firefly lanterns, from 'Home Made Simple' by Joanna Gosling.

Inbuilt Deck Lights 

As well as adding additional accessories, you can also purchase deck lights to install with your TimberTech decking, giving you the ability to light up your deck at the flick of a switch!

To view the range of Timbertech deck and handrail lights, visit our Outdoor Lighting page.

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June has given way to July, and summer's really starting to hot up here in the UK. Today is reportedly Britain's hottest day since 2006, and it doesn't look like things will be cooling down much for the foreseeable future.

Deck in summer

From one perspective, this is fantastic news; hot weather means sunbathing, barbecue parties, and all kinds of other outdoor fun! However, as you relax on your garden deck with a drink in one hand and a trashy novel in the other, please bear in mind that hot weather can be very dangerous - if you don't take the necessary precautions, you could burn, overheat, or even worse.

With that in mind, here are TimberTech's top tips for staying safe while you enjoy the summer heat:

  • Wear sun cream. A staggering number of people think that they don't need sunblock, but trust us on this one: if you're going to be out in the sun, you need to put some sun cream on first. Yes, it's a pain, but being sunburned is worse!

  • Dress appropriately. It's a good idea to wear a sun hat when you're outdoors in hot weather - this will keep the sun off your face and keep you from burning. The NHS also recommend wearing cool, loose garments to keep your body temperature down.

  • Stay hydrated. When enjoying the sunshine on your garden deck, be sure to keep the refreshments close at hand to avoid dehydration. Chilled soft drinks like water and juice are preferable to alcoholic beverages and hot drinks like tea and coffee.

  • Consider investing in a parasol. If you're planning to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer, it may be worth purchasing a parasol or similar to provide instant shade when you need it most. Otherwise, try to stay out of direct sunlight and keep to the shade if you can.

  • Don't stay out all day. Go back indoors every so often to cool off and keep yourself from overheating.

Don't have a deck? Want to make the most of this amazing weather? Click here to order a free sample of TimberTech composite decking and get your outdoor haven started today!

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