1. Choose a site
When choosing a site for your garden deck project, you’re limited only by the boundaries of your yard. Since garden decks don’t necessarily have to connect to your home, you can place them where you want in your backyard.
Start by walking through your yard and consider the advantages and disadvantages of different areas. If you want to create a quiet retreat-like area, consider building your garden deck in a secluded corner of the yard. If you plan to entertain guests often outdoors, move it closer to your house.
2. Consider the materials
Once you’ve decided on the site and the shape, think about the decking materials that work best for your plan. Choose natural softwoods, such as redwood and cedar, for bright color and natural resistance to rot and predators. Select tropical hardwoods, such as mahogany or tigerwood, for superior hardness, a bold grain, and natural resistance to insects.
3. Plan for good drainage
After selecting the best materials for your garden deck project, you certainly don’t want compromise them by running into issues with drainage problems. If your garden decking ideas include built-in planters and beds, drainage is necessary.
If you want to use large pots and planters, choose ones with drainage holes in the bottoms of the containers. Add a layer of rocks or gravel at the bottom of the planters to make sure your plants don’t get waterlogged.
4. Create shady areas
While you’ll almost certainly want to welcome the sun into your garden sometimes, you don’t have to compromise your comfort in the process. Create either permanent or temporary shady areas where you and your family can take shelter from the harsh sun.
5. Build a privacy barrier
Even if you want to show off your garden deck during the day or at night, consider adding a privacy barrier to increase its functionality and create more usable space. If you prefer a natural barrier with more flexibility, think about adding plants with plenty of vertical reach.
6. Understand building code requirements
When you’re first considering garden decking ideas, it’s OK to let your imagination take hold and lead the way as you plan the ideal design for your yard. Once you start to put your plan into action, however, you should think about building code requirements. Following these code requirements will keep your family and friends safe as you enjoy your new outdoor living space.