Local Council Laws
Before you start creating your deck, you’ll need to check with your local council to understand what is legal when it comes to the height, size and materials used.
It’s important to take some time to look around at the variety of deck designs that are possible. Don’t just dive in or accept the first thing someone tells you.
Have a look at your friends, neighbours and family members decks if they have one and ask what they are like. What’s good? What would you have done differently?
Grab a coffee and check out all the deck designs on the internet. Try searching on Google Images or Pinterest as a starting point. You’ll soon see some designs that inspire you and importantly could be done at your place.
Consider whether your deck design will have seating built into it or not (this can be handy as benches with hinged tops can serve as storage as well).
Also consider the shade factor and whether your deck will need a roof, retractable awning or shady tree.
With regards to materials you’ll usually pick between:
- Hardwood decking (like Jarrah decking and Merbau decking)
- Treated pine decking
- Composite decking
- Modular decking
DIY or Hire a Professional
While decks can be built DIY if you’re handy with the tools, hiring a professional is probably the best choice for most people. Figure out what features you want and how you want your deck to look when thinking about the design.
- Timber decking provides that classic look with the most natural feel. There’s something about wood that stands out from other options.
- Composite decking is another material option that requires minimal upkeep and doesn’t fade overtime. However, it can become hotter than timber in summer.
- A reliable deck is consists of joists, posts, and bearers that are used to support the actual decking boards.
- The decking materials can be secured to the boards with screws, nailing, or hidden fasteners that create a more sophisticated look.
“A seamless transition from inside to outside is very appealing to most home buyers and can increase not only the floor space but even the value of your home.”