We Aussies love our decks and have done so for over 100 years. The warm Sydney climate has made alfresco style dining emerge as a new trend with home designers in recent years. The humble treated pine deck has evolved considerably over the last 3 years and as a designer i am intrigued by the new decking materials and products now available.
We have recently built a new deck on our eastern suburbs home and i was keen to get the deck made from one of the new synthetic decking materials. I did the deck design myself and designed it as a 2 tier deck with ample room for an integrated kitchen area, a retractable, electric motor driven shade cloth to provide for shading over the entire deck area and a built in seating area capable of seating 12 people.
I ended up using modwood which is a man made decking material made from recycled plastic bottles and wood chips – how simple is that! The benefits of synthetic decking material include:
- totally maintenance free
- requires no priming, painting , staining or decking oil
- easily drilled and cut to size
- guaranteed for 25 years
I got Paul Ryan from Handyman Eastern Suburbs to do the installation of the deck. He is a very experienced handyman and has worked in Sydney’s eastern suburbs for over 25 years. I drew up the cutting list and Paul used his drop saw to cut all the components to size. He then cemented the footings into place and installed the decking bearers. The modwood decking was then installed onto the bearers. I designed a stainless steel hand rail system which looks stunning (photo’s to follow).
The project will be completed in the next few weeks. We have ordered a low maintenance outdoor kitchen from Bunnings which Paul, our skilled handyman will install. Sometimes using an experienced handyman like Paul can be a better option than employing a carpenter as his carpentry skills are probably better than 90 percent of so-called ‘tradesmen’. Over the next few weeks i will post photo’s of the finished deck - stay tuned!