Choosing a garden design that is right for you can be difficult; it’s the same as decorating a room in your house, only it can be harder again as gardens require more regular upkeep, so you want to make sure you have a garden worth nurturing!
A great way to get around this design dilemma is to turn your outdoor space into 3 gardens by sectioning it off. Now we realise that not everyone is gifted with the space to perform such feats, but even the smallest garden has the potential to offer several different designs in one space.
Here at TimberTech, we offer both composite decking and a range of stunning paving options, but when asked for our favourite choice of outdoor flooring we struggled to narrow it down, so we thought… why not have both?
The typical British garden is fairly long, narrow and lends itself beautifully to being stylishly split up. Here’s an example: the first section of your garden that adjoins your house could be a patio, and here you could enjoy the sumptuous solidity of porcelain or natural stone slabs; for the next part of your garden (the middle bit) you could either have some turf for greenery, or perhaps a plant lined path scattered with attractive loose stone; and for the final section you could use luxurious decking and enjoy having a seating area as far away from the house as possible!
Of course this is just an example, and you could switch up the orders and sections in any way you see fit, as well as adding your own elements altogether! Why not think about incorporating wicker, bamboo, brick, wood chippings, steps, or even a vegetable patch? Come up with your own tailored designs!
The beauty of dividing your garden up in this manner is that it allows you the freedom to enjoy several different kinds of garden design in your very own outdoor utopia! It’s also a great way to experiment with a new type of material or flooring surface without having to go through the labour of doing your entire garden!
Happy new year to one and all (is it too late to be saying that now? I think we might just have gotten away with it). The air is thick with the humdrum of “new year, new me” conversations, new gym memberships and the distant rustle of the wrappers of Quality Street chocolates long forgotten. We’re here to tell you to take your New Year’s resolutions to the next level, for if your body is getting a makeover then why can’t your garden follow suit? A complete transformation of your home can be executed with just three simple steps. Let us tell you how.
1. Composite Decking
If you’re looking to add decking to your outdoor space then you need look no further than the FREE samples button located at the top left of this page. TimberTech’s composite decking is scientifically proven to outperform timber and all other wood composite decking products. Our low maintenance, heat and fade resistant, safe and durable composite decking is of the highest quality, as well as being extremely aesthetically pleasing. Coming in a variety of colours, TimberTech will add an air of sophistication to your garden like never before.
2. Paving Slabs
If decking isn't your bag, we also offer a variety of low-maintenance paving options that would be perfect for any garden. Contact us for more details!
3. New Garden Furniture
Here at TimberTech, we specialise in all things outdoors: outdoor living, lighting, garden décor, landscaping and outdoor flooring. Essentially all the finishing touches every gorgeous garden needs! Our extensive range of outdoor decorative items is guaranteed to provide an item for every taste. Whether you’re opting for shabby chic, homely and warm, ultra-modern or gleaming with grandeur, we are sure to have what you need.
So what are you waiting for? Welcome 2014 with open arms, embrace the new you and your stunning new garden makeover.
Not all of us are gifted with the kinds of grounds that demand a fulltime gardener. Many of us are humbled with a small plot of outdoor living space, but this shouldn’t mean our vision is equally slight! We’ve come up with 5 compelling small garden ideas that not only help us utilise our space, but they help our space feel fully utilised!
Chestnut VertiGrain decking and Glass Balustrades used in above image.
Planning Makes Perfect
We know this isn’t the most captivating place to start, but even the grandest of designs all started with some kind of plan. In fact, planning is even more crucial with a smaller space, as it’s all about getting the placement just right. You’ll want to consider the positioning of the sun throughout the day, as this will help determine where your plants go, and where your seating area is.
All Plants on Deck
You don’t need to have masses of space to have a balcony or decked area, in fact one of our favourite small garden ideas involves creating a sumptuous secluded sanctuary for yourself! Using woven hazel and masses of tall plants you can adorn a decked area beautifully, and ensure your little oasis feels more like a stretch of jungle!
Placement is key when it comes to designing a small garden – you also need to think about what you are going to use your garden for. A high-quality piece of outdoor furniture that doesn’t compromise too much floor space is a great place to start; not only does this give you a welcoming spot to sit, but it can also act as an ornamental piece in itself when not in use.
Divide and Conquer
We’ve saved the best of our small garden ideas for last, and this one is all about division. If you have a long, narrow garden, why not divide your space into several defined sections? You could open your door onto a small porch or deck for the first section; then you could have a small tree lined set of steps, or a stepping stone feature in the middle bit; and for the last section you could have a tiny lawn, or a set of furniture on some striking patio slabs.
Dividing your garden up allows you the opportunity to flaunt several design ideas in a small space!
Our composite decking is unparalleled in style, panache and quality. Once you’ve taken full advantage of our fantastic free samples and settled on one of our gorgeous products to refurbish your garden with, next comes the tricky part: installation. Here’s the top 5 tips you must remember when installing your TimberTech composite decking.
1. When you’re installing your composite decking make sure to keep the shallow groove which you’ll find on one edge of each board consistently on the same side. The fibres on each TimberTech board are directional, so by placing them all on the same side upon installation you’ll be ensuring that the sun casts a consistent shadow on your decking, giving a uniform shade across your deck.
2. Use standard wood working tools and standard pressure treated softwood timbers for the sub frame. TimberTech can be drilled, nailed, sawn or routed, without any danger of rotting!
3. Remember to use the CONCEALoc® bracket to fix the first and last board tightly into place
4. CONCEALoc® is designed to automatically create a 4mm gap between the TimberTech boards and we would urge you to keep to this measurement
5. For the neatest decking installation, pre-drill 4mm pilot holes when face fixing boards. Drive the screws until the head is flush with the surface of the board – don’t over-drive! Do not countersink your pilot holes.
If you’re not quite feeling brave enough to have a go at installing our composite decking yourself, we have an exquisite team of experienced TimberTech decking installers who are more than willing to help. However if you’re going to give it a go, remember these top 5 tips and have a little look at our Installation Resources before you begin. Good luck, merry decking!
Decking looks dazzling - that's a major part of why we love it so much! Here are some of our favourite decking images from around the TimberTech website (there are loads of others to be found in our Gallery).
This thoroughly modern design uses our stunning grey Reliaboard decking, which combines low-maintenance technology with a natural-looking wood grain. We love this two-tier layout very much, especially with the matching wooden bench!
Looks like these feathered friends appreciate our composite decking! This rather sweet picture is taken from our Balcony & Roof Decking page, where you'll find a whole lot of information about the solutions we can provide for roof terraces and balconies that need a little bit of brightening up.
Here's a close-up to end on. This shot shows off the detail that goes into every deck we supply; we think that these composite wooden steps look absolutely flawless.