How to plan decking in the garden

Author: dpinning  //  Category: DIY Tips, Garden

Garden decking not only looks extremely attractive it is very useful.  However, just as with any other DIY project, anyone deciding to lay decking in the garden will need to plan carefully before starting work. 

The first thing to do is to decide where the decking is going to be placed.  Most people like direct access from the house, such as through patio or conservatory doors. 

Another thing to consider is whether the deck is to be shaded.  If so, it may be worth building an arbour over the decking.  Similarly, anyone considering building garden decking will need to know what it is going to be used for.  Will it be used as a place to relax during those long summer days or evenings?  Maybe it will be an ideal location for those outdoor dinner parties.  It is always worth having an idea how the decking is to be used as this could have a bearing on the plans being drawn up.

The size of the decking is also important.  Obviously the bigger the garden the bigger the decking can be.  But it should be remembered that a large deck will be more costly to build, so it is important that its size is within the budget. 

Before any decking can be laid it is important to remember that it may be subject to planning permission.  If the property is listed, or within a conservation area, then planning permission will be needed.  It is always worth checking with the local authority what the regulations are.

Leave a Reply