If you're considering a deck for your home, there's a good chance that you've already got an idea of what you want in your head. It might pay though to have a think about how that design might be enhanced with other features to make better use of the avaialble space.
A multi-level deck, for example, can give you a way to segregate your deck into different parts for dining, for cooking, or even for a spa or swimming pool. If you haven't already considered it, you may need to look into handrails as well - these are required on all decks in Australia that are above 1m in height.
The type of deck you choose will be largely dictated by the nature and amount of space you have avaialble, and what you plan on using your deck for.
Freestanding decks are decks that don't attach directly to your home or any other fixed structure. Freestanding decks offer a good way to create a stable living area separate from your house.
Decks can be used as a simple way to extend living areas. 'Outdoor rooms' and patios are very popular, and are excellent places to comfortably dine and entertain outdoors.
Multi-level decks allow you to separate a deck into different areas for different purposes, or to create a particular structural feature to improve the look of your home.
Decking and pools go hand in hand - and choosing the right sort of decking for your pool can not only make it look better, but also reduce the chance of injury from a slip or a fall.
Beyond a certain height, decks in Australia must have handrails installed to help prevent accidental falls. Find out more about different types of handrail designs and decking fences.
Patterned, ornate wooden infills can either be used as roof cladding, or attached to pergola or gazebo walls to offer further shade or privacy - or simply to enhance the look of your pergola.