Garden rooms are not only spaces for the able-bodied, we can vouch for this being a disabled garden room user. Garden room designers can adapt their designs to make them fully accessible.
The articles in this archive look at garden room projects that incorporate decking. They showcase the different styles of deck you can create and the materials used.
This Booths Garden Studio just slots into the customers established garden and looks like it was always meant to be.
Sanctum Garden Studios were recently contacted by a customer to create a contemporary garden room for them, but the project didn’t stop at the building they also commissioned a large shaped deck which has totally transformed the garden, creating new living spaces both inside and out.
Green Retreats have recently completed this contemporary garden room which is to be used as a lifestyle retreat for the owners, and it certainly looks a wonderful place to chill out!
When thinking about your garden room project dont forget the area around you garden room, this way you will get two living spaces for the price of one!
A patio or decking area around you garden room can extend your living space, but at this time of year it can be looking a bit dirty and in some cases be a bit slippery!
Great garden studio by Booths Garden Studios in a stunning location, the design incorporates a side veranda area which can seat 13 people
When thinking about the design of your garden room give some consideration to the space around it. A decked area outside a garden room can help the building connect with the garden and increase the garden room’s living space.
There is a choice of decking materials available:
Western Red Cedar
One of the most popular decking materials is Western Red Cedar. Cedar is a popular choice for decking as its natural oils mean it has a high resistance to insect and fungal attack; it also weathers well without the need for chemical preservatives. Cedar is a dimensionally stable wood, so there is minimal shrinkage and boards stay straight. Cedar decking should be fixed with stainless steel fittings.
Durawood ® is another durable decking material, Southern Yellow Pine is kiln dried and then impregnated with wax and dried again, and this creates a dimensionally stable timber. Grown in the USA from Texas to Virginia Southern Yellow Pine is one of the most durable pines and as such is ideal as a decking material, it has a distinctive grain pattern and is a honey colour. If pressure treated Southern Yellow Pine will have a long life in British climates.
If you are looking for a deck with a rich deep colour and is durable and resistant to decay, then you should consider a hardwood. However you should consider the environment when specifying a hardwood, but one environmentally responsible hardwood is Ipe. Ipe is extremely strong, it’s thought to be 3 times stronger than oak, and is durable to decay and insect attack. Ipe is a dark brown, green colour and has a distinctive odour.
An environmentally friendly option is Ecodeck which is made from 95% recycled products and is 100% recyclable at the end of its life. Ecodeck is made from reclaimed hardwood fibres and a polymer from recycled milk cartons. Extremely durable it requires no maintenance other than an annual clean; it is as attractive as hardwood and can be cut and sanded like it. Ecodeck is dimensionally stable and wont rot, warp or split.
Most garden room suppliers will be able to advise you on adding a deck outside your garden room.
For more information on Cedar, Durawood ® and Ipe decking check out www.decksupply.co.uk
For more information on Ecodeck visit www.ecodeck.co.uk