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What’s the best timber deck for your Adelaide home?

What’s the best timber deck for your Adelaide home?

If you’re considering building an Adelaide timber deck for your home, good on you. When it comes to enhancing your outdoor living space, nothing compares to the beauty and functionality of a timber deck. But what’s the best timber deck for your home? Some Adelaide timber deck builders might suggest that Australian hardwood is the best choice, while others may advocate for Merbau. Meanwhile,...

Innovative deck features for your Geelong outdoor space

Innovative deck features for your Geelong outdoor space

Any timber deck can be a great addition to your Geelong home. To truly elevate a deck from great to outstanding, consider integrating innovative features that enhance both functionality and aesthetics. Features like built-in seating, planters, storage solutions and lighting are just a few elements that can transform your Geelong timber deck into a versatile and inviting outdoor living area....

Hardwood v softwood timber decks in Adelaide

Hardwood v softwood timber decks in Adelaide

When it comes to enhancing your outdoor living space, a timber deck is a timeless choice that brings natural beauty and functional versatility to your home. If you’re considering adding a new deck to your Adelaide home, there are two key questions you need to answer. The first is whether to use hardwood or softwood for the timber. The second is which Adelaide timber deck builder to choose to...

Majestic Merbau for your Adelaide timber deck

Majestic Merbau for your Adelaide timber deck

While in our books, any Adelaide timber deck can be a thing of beauty, there is one decking timber that is used in more decking projects than any other. Merbau, also known as Kwila, is valued for its durability and resistance to decay and pests. However, there’s one other quality that best sums up why it’s so popular. The advantages of a Merbau timber deck for your Adelaide home What is the...

Turn Geelong timber deck disasters into masterpieces

Turn Geelong timber deck disasters into masterpieces

Imagine spending thousands of dollars on a new Geelong timber deck for your home only to have it turn into disaster? Imagine having to pull it down and start all over again? In this blog, we’ll look at some of the common problems that can go wrong with timber deck projects when they’re not completed correctly. We’ll also show you how you can ensure your new timber deck is a masterpiece and not a...

Maintenance tips for preserving your Adelaide hardwood timber deck

Maintenance tips for preserving your Adelaide hardwood timber deck

A hardwood timber deck exudes timeless beauty and adds a touch of natural elegance to any outdoor space. If you’re lucky enough to have a hardwood timber deck at your Adelaide home, you’ll want to know how to preserve its beauty and ensure longevity. Obviously, regular maintenance is crucial, so in this article we’ll provide a comprehensive guide to maintaining your deck. Routine cleaning of...

Timber decking 101: The ultimate guide for Geelong homeowners

Timber decking 101: The ultimate guide for Geelong homeowners

If you’re considering adding a new timber deck to your Geelong home and are looking for the ultimate guide, look no further. Our Outside Concepts Geelong branch has compiled this extensive guide that includes practically everything you’ll need to know about timber decking. The only thing you’ll need to know after reading this guide is where to find the best Geelong timber deck builder. We’re got...

The delight of an Adelaide timber deck

The delight of an Adelaide timber deck

Most people would agree that a timber deck is a thing of beauty. No matter what timber is chosen, a deck is as stunning as it is practical, providing the perfect base to enjoy relaxation and entertainment around your Adelaide home. Before you start planning for a new timber deck for your Adelaide home, however, it’s important to understand any restrictions that may apply to your home. In...

Choosing the perfect timber for your Melbourne deck

Choosing the perfect timber for your Melbourne deck

You’ve decided to design and build a new timber deck for your Melbourne home. Congratulations, you’ve made a great choice. While there are many options to choose for outdoor living surfaces, timber is considered by many people to be the best option because of its beauty and durability. Now the question is, which timber will you use for your deck? There are so many different timbers to choose for...

Adelaide timber deck shines

Adelaide timber deck shines

Have you ever heard someone describe a timber deck as shining? Look at the images on this page and you’ll soon see that it can be a very appropriate description. The timber deck in question was built by one of our Adelaide branches, Craig Arthur and his team from Southern Branch. The homeowners wanted a great looking, functional deck with a verandah they could sit under and not lose their...

Create your perfect Adelaide timber deck

Create your perfect Adelaide timber deck

Adding a new timber deck to your Adelaide home is one of the best ways of increasing the value of your property. A new deck will provide countless entertainment and relaxation options for you and tempt the hordes of Australians who want improved outdoor spaces when it comes time to sell. How do you design and build a new timber deck for your home that will add the most value? Follow these tips...

Sydney timber deck a stunning addition

Sydney timber deck a stunning addition

If you’re adding a new outdoor living area for your Sydney home, you have many options to consider for the flooring. Tiles, pavers, stone and concrete are common choices, but there’s one option that we think is naturally better. The timber deck. What makes a timber deck the best choice for your Sydney home? Timber decks are simply stunning and they provide the wow factor that so many people are...

Maintain your Geelong deck and reap the benefits

Maintain your Geelong deck and reap the benefits

A leading timber finishes supplier has labelled December as the best time to maintain your timber deck, but we reckon January is just as good, particularly if you’re lucky enough to have some time off work. So, what’s involved in maintaining your timber deck? Believe us when we say it’s not very difficult and won’t take too long, and the benefits are big. Here are Outside Concepts’ tips, brought...

Elevate your Adelaide home with a stunning timber deck

Elevate your Adelaide home with a stunning timber deck

If you’re considering building a new outdoor space for your Adelaide home, a key question you’ll need to answer is what material to use for the flooring. There are a lot of options, including pavers and tiles, but none are more stunning or versatile than a timber deck. Here are our 7 reasons to install a timber deck for your Adelaide home and key considerations to keep in mind. 7 reasons to...

Building a timber deck in a bushfire prone region of Adelaide

Building a timber deck in a bushfire prone region of Adelaide

If you’re considering building a new timber deck for your Adelaide home, where you live can play a big part. If you live in the inner-city, virtually anything goes – as long as you comply with your local council’s requirements. While if you live in our leafy surrounds – say the Adelaide Hills, there are extra precautions you need to take due to the risk of bushfires. In this blog we’ll take a...

Shiver me timbers! It’s another great Melbourne deck by Outside Concepts

Shiver me timbers! It’s another great Melbourne deck by Outside Concepts

If we had to count the number of timber decks we’ve built for Melbourne homes, we’d have to get all hands on deck to help us out. There are so many, we’ve lost count. So, you know, when you choose Outside Concepts, we’ve got the experience to build a great timber deck for your home. Customised Melbourne timber decks One of the interesting things about the timber decks we’ve built in Melbourne –...

Turn your Melbourne patio into an outdoor living haven

Turn your Melbourne patio into an outdoor living haven

Not that long ago Melbourne people were satisfied if they had a verandah, pergola, patio or other outdoor area. These days, however, most of us want more. Instead of a simple patio, we want an outdoor living space to entertain and relax in style. We want an outdoor space to blur the lines between our home’s interior and exterior. So, how can you create a patio that blends the indoors and...

Launceston timber deck about to shine

Launceston timber deck about to shine

With maximum temperatures in Launceston barely getting into double figures lately, it’s easy to think the weather will never warm up again. But it will, which is why now is the time to start planning for a new timber deck for your home. Of course, if you are looking to build a new deck for your home, timber isn’t your only choice. There are a multitude of options you could consider, including...

Essendon pergola a hot topic

Essendon pergola a hot topic

With the first real taste of winter weather in the Essendon area of Melbourne, you could perhaps be forgiven for heading indoors and beginning the hibernation process. However, what if we said there’s a way to spend time in your pergola, verandah or patio, while being comfortable even in the coldest weather? Read on for our top tips for keeping warm and comfortable in your Essendon pergola. Top...

Points for the perfect Bayside Melbourne patio

Points for the perfect Bayside Melbourne patio

Creating a new patio for your Melbourne home can be completed the easy way or the hard way. In this blog, we’ll look at the steps you can take to design and build a patio, as well as highlighting the easiest way to make it happen. 7 steps to create a new patio What’s your objective? Many people bypass this step but you shouldn’t because it’s very important. With a clear aim in mind, you’ll be on...

A spectacular Brisbane timber deck

A spectacular Brisbane timber deck

A steep site, difficulties getting materials to the project area and red tape hasn’t stood in  the way of our South Brisbane branch building a spectacular timber deck for clients. The brief was pretty simple. The homeowners of this Brisbane property wanted a beautiful timber deck to be built around their pool. In most cases an easy job, but the site and other challenges made it anything but...

Pine or Grey Merbau Timber decking in North Brisbane a hot choice

Pine or Grey Merbau Timber decking in North Brisbane a hot choice

While our friends in the south (well, more frenemies in NSW during State of Origin time!) are cooling down, winter in Brisbane is mild, which is why it’s a great time to invest in new timber decking for your North Brisbane home. Outside Concepts branch owner in North Brisbane is Martin Harris and he has been responsible for building hundreds of timber decking projects over the years. You can...

Add a timber deck to your Melbourne home

Add a timber deck to your Melbourne home

Whether you’ve lived in your Melbourne home for some time or you’ve just moved in, if outdoor living space is lacking then it’s time to do something about it. Upgrading your home by adding a timber deck is a great idea and will provide many benefits. Let’s take a look at the main ones. 6 reasons to add a timber deck Outdoor living is one of the biggest trends in the lifestyles of Melbournians...

An outdoor office space in Melbourne? Just add a pergola

An outdoor office space in Melbourne? Just add a pergola

While many Australians have had to find space in their homes to work during the last two years, some smart people have gone a step further and created an outdoor office space. So, with no sign of the working from home phenomenon letting up, if you live in Melbourne how can you join them? Simply add a pergola. The benefits of a home office in a pergola The benefits of having a pergola where you...

A new Adelaide patio for the new year

A new Adelaide patio for the new year

The great thing about the new year is that you can dream up a whole new list of achievements to complete. The bad thing is that those achievements will probably still be left undone come 2023! Well, if you’re looking to design and build a new Adelaide patio in 2022, this is one resolution we can help you achieve. The person to help you tick a new patio off your list, if you live in the southern...

Sprucing up your tired Geelong timber deck

Sprucing up your tired Geelong timber deck

With the COVID-19 pandemic, not to mention another brutal loss in the AFL finals, chances are you haven’t given much thought to your Geelong timber deck for a year or more. In that time, it may have been copping a hammering from rain, sun and hail, birds, scraping furniture, dog paws and more. So, now’s the time to show it a bit of love with some deck maintenance. It’s easy to maintain your...

Perk up your health in a Melbourne pergola

Perk up your health in a Melbourne pergola

Perk up your health in a Melbourne pergola        Here at Outside Concepts we don’t need an excuse to get into our pergolas more often, but if you do, here’s some advice that may motivate you. Getting outside more is good for your physical and mental health. That’s right, if you have a pergola at your Melbourne home and you use it regularly, you’re doing your body and mind a favour. But don’t...

Brisbane patio perfection

Brisbane patio perfection

With summer, Christmas and the January school holidays fast approaching, there’s never a better time to start planning for a new patio for your Brisbane home. To make sure the planning, design and building process is more smooth than stressful, take a look at our top tips, bought to you by our Outside Concepts South Brisbane Branch. Top tips for a new patio for your Brisbane home Patio Style...

Which wood for your timber deck in Melbourne

Which wood for your timber deck in Melbourne

Which wood would we use for our Melbourne timber deck? One question we get asked quite a bit at Outside Concepts is which is the best timber to use if you are building a new deck or replacing a worn out deck. It’s a good question and perhaps not one with an easy answer, but let’s take a closer and see if we can help you decide. Timber deck options While there are many different options for the...

Spruce up your outdoor living in Adelaide

Spruce up your outdoor living in Adelaide

If you’re looking to spruce up your outdoor living capabilities in Adelaide, who are you going to call to make your dream a reality? Think carefully, because if you make the wrong call you could be looking at months of stress and be very unsatisfied at the end. But if you make the right call, you’ll have nothing but pleasurable experiences to look forward to, now and in the future. Why you...

Sydney pergola tops tradition

Sydney pergola tops tradition

How do you take a traditional pergola and add to it in a way that elevates it way above the original? There are perhaps several ways, but if you’re looking for a blueprint, look no further than the Sydney pergola pictured on this page. Before we take a closer look at the project, it’s worth highlighting that a traditional pergola will generally have four or more posts, joined together at the top...

Six steps to the perfect Melbourne deck

Six steps to the perfect Melbourne deck

If you’ve been doing your relaxing or entertaining on grass, sand, mud or pebbles, or your current outdoor living area is more shabby than chic, it’s time to think about getting some timber under your feet. Yes, that’s right, it’s time for a new Melbourne timber deck. There are so many advantages in choosing a timber deck over other possible choices. Prime amongst them is that timber looks...

Climate control for your Sydney North verandah

Climate control for your Sydney North verandah

These days we’re all about climate control. We control the climate in our homes with heating and cooling and in our cars with climate control systems. So, why not control the climate inside your Sydney North verandah, with help from a very clever product. The product? Insulated roof panels, an ingenious idea that features a polystyrene core sandwiched between a steel roofing sheet and an...

A timber deck in Adelaide is a long term investment

A timber deck in Adelaide is a long term investment

Take a look at the main image of the timber deck on this page. How old do you think it is? Brand new. A couple of years old. You might be surprised to hear that the deck is in fact over ten years old, which is why when you invest in a timber deck in Adelaide you’re making  an investment for the long term. Timber decks in Adelaide do require maintenance The qualification we should make when...

Outdoor living on the Mornington Peninsula

Outdoor living on the Mornington Peninsula

Now is for many people the perfect time to enjoy a barbecue, eating outside and relaxing outdoors if you live on the Mornington Peninsula. With the perfect set-up, including a great outdoor living area, you can enjoy relaxing times with friends and family on almost any day or night. But what if there is one big thing lacking, that is, a great outdoor living area. If you’re resorting to having...

Re-oiling your Launceston timber deck

Re-oiling your Launceston timber deck

If you own a home in Launceston, chances are you have plenty to do so your timber deck may not have received the loving attention it deserves for some time. So, this weekend, it’s time to get out the oil and the brushes and re-oil your Launceston timber deck. Don’t worry, it’s a lot easier and quicker than you might think! Launceston timber deck re-oiling in three steps In fact, it’s so easy to...

Spring into a new Sydney deck

Spring into a new Sydney deck

If spring isn’t just the current season but also a good way to describe how it feels to walk on your deck, there is more rot in your decking boards than a termite infested house, or you simply stare out the back door to where a deck could go, it’s time to stop dreaming and start planning for your new Sydney timber deck. Here are our six key tips to plan for a new Sydney deck that will be the...

Melbourne timber deck shines during COVID

Melbourne timber deck shines during COVID

There are many things that have helped people get through the worst of the isolation of COVID-19. Things like takeaway dinners, Netflix, a good Internet connection and alcohol! But there’s one other important thing that we think deserves a mention as a mainstay during the past few months for those in Melbourne and that’s having a nice outdoor living area to retreat to when you’ve needed a break,...

Melbourne timber deck – an open and shut case

If you’re looking to create a new outdoor living area for your Melbourne home, there are lot of options to choose from. These include tiles, stone, pavers, concrete and even budget options such as artificial grass and gravel. And then, of course, there is our favourite, the timber deck. So, let’s look at this with a bit more vigour. Let’s build the case for the Melbourne timber deck and help you...

Take in the views from your new Mornington Peninsula timber deck

Take in the views from your new Mornington Peninsula timber deck

Picture this: You have a lovely home on the Mornington Peninsula, with nice views of the natural surrounds and maybe, if you’re lucky, some bay or ocean glimpses. However, there’s something missing. When you go outside you step onto dirt, gravel or an old deck or terrace that’s nearly as old as you are. The solution: It’s time for a new Mornington Peninsula timber deck. Not just any old timber...

Which wood for your Geelong timber deck?

Deck your patio with hardwood timber, fa la la la la, la la la la. Apologies for the corny opening, but given the date we thought it was an appropriate starting paragraph for a post about Geelong timber decks. By the way, we also thought about putting softwood timber decks in there somewhere, but it just wouldn’t fit! Now, let’s get a little serious. If you’re thinking about building a timber...

Keeping your Berwick deck looking fantastic

Wondering How to Prepare Your Berwick Deck for Oiling? If you have a timber deck in the Melbourne suburb of Berwick, chances are you haven’t given it much thought for 12 months or more. It’s copped abuse from feet, dog paws, birds, furniture, the elements and more, so it’s now time to give it a bit of tender loving care so that it will continue to look its best for the next 12 months. Maintain...

One step to a new Melbourne timber deck

So you’d like a new timber deck for your Melbourne home. Perhaps you could build it yourself. You’ll need to draw up plans, see if you need council approval, jump through all the red tape, order and pick up all the materials, measure and set out your deck, dig the holes for the foundations after travelling to the hardware store for a new shovel, install the stumps and bearers, fit the joists…...

Melbourne pergola’s or patio, built for eastern or western suburbs – it’s your choice!

Melbourne pergola’s or patio, built for eastern or western suburbs – it’s your choice!

Your Stylish New Pergola in Melbourne Western Suburbs We're not fussed about whether you want to call it a pergola or a patio – or simply an outdoor living area. Just call Outside Concepts in Melbourne once you decide on the name and we’ll make your Melbourne pergola, patio or outdoor living area a reality. Traditionally, there is a difference between a pergola and a patio to set the record...

Timber deck goes swimmingly in Kew

Picture this, a timber deck that wraps around your Kew swimming pool or surrounds your pool, creating a perfect launching pad for your daily swim and a terrific spot for relaxing and entertaining outdoors. While it might be a little cool to contemplate this picture now, remember that warmer weather isn’t that far away, which is why it’s time to consider a new timber deck in Kew. Why build a...

Lane Cove timber deck a relaxing haven

How can you create a relaxing outdoor haven for you and your family in your Lane Cove home? Start with a Lane Cove timber deck and work your way up! When the owners of a Lane Cove home approached Outside Concepts they had a pretty simple project brief. They wanted a functional outdoor living space for their cosy backyard.  The team from our Lane Cove branch met with the homeowners to discuss the...

Ferntree Gully deck a natural choice

One of the great things about living in Ferntree Gully is that while we’re relatively close to Melbourne, we also have the natural beauty of The Dandenongs on our doorstep. Which is why, if you’re looking for a flooring product for your new patio, pergola or verandah, a timber deck is a natural choice. Here are 8 reasons why a timber deck is a great choice in Ferntree Gully: Timber is, well,...

Get your timber deck summer-ready

If you need to pop shoes on to walk on your timber deck for fear of getting a splinter in your foot or stubbing your toe on a raised nail, it’s time do something about it. Whether it needs to be repaired, maintained or ripped up and started again, Outside Concepts have the tips to get your deck summer-ready. Repair a timber deck Repairing a timber deck is something the average DIYer can do...

Hardwood or softwood for your new timber deck

You’ve decided to build a timber deck for the flooring of your outdoor living area. Great choice, as a timber deck has many advantages over other materials, not the least of which is that it will look great for many decades to come. But which timber will you choose for your timber deck? Hardwood or softwood? Timber decking – what’s your budget? In the end your choice is likely to come down to a...

Timber decking a great choice

When you’re looking to extend your outdoor living and entertainment opportunities, we reckon timber decking is the best choice. At this time of the year it gets pelted with rain, hail and debris, gets leaves, dirt and mud ground into the surface and still looks great. It’s less likely to stain than some hard surfaces and, with a little maintenance, you can easily keep your timber decking looking...

How to re-oil a timber deck – it’s easier than you may think

How to re-oil a timber deck – it’s easier than you may think

If you haven’t re-oiled your timber deck for a year or more, it’s time to set aside some time and get ready some work. But don’t worry, re-oiling a timber deck is easier than you probably think and the results are certainly worth it. Why re-oil every 12 months? There are two main reasons why re-oiling your deck is best thought of as an annual task. Firstly and most importantly, re-oiling...

Pergola and timber deck solution a double winner

In past blogs we’ve looked at the conundrum of what to do if you want a pergola or patio that provides cover from the sun and rain, while at the same time having an open roof to enjoy sunshine in cooler weather. For most people, the best solution is to have a pergola or patio that is partly covered. However, if you have the space, there is another solution that you perhaps should consider. The...

Softwood timber deck a low cost solution

Most of us know the feeling at this time of the year. After spending big on Christmas presents and perhaps a summer holiday, money is tight. But you’re desperate to get a new timber deck designed and built for your home, to enjoy family relaxation and entertainment opportunities. Well, Outside Concepts has some good news for you. You can afford that new timber deck and while it may take a minor...

Outdoor living resolution

New Year’s Day is here and Outside Concepts has a resolution to add to your list. Thankfully, it’s not an overly onerous resolution so there’s no excuse for not ticking it off. So, let’s get outside and make your outdoor living area the envy of friends and neighbours! 6 tips for a great outdoor living area The first job is easy and you’ll only need to use your eyes. Simply look around for any...

Outdoor timber decking is a great choice

While there are many materials you can choose to surface your outdoor living area – whether it be a verandah, patio, porch or pergola – a timber deck is hard to beat. Whether you have plans for a large outdoor living room for entertaining family or friends or an intimate area for relaxation, a timber deck will be an investment you’ll enjoy for decades to come. Our 7 top reasons to install an...

5 tips for the best timber deck

There would be few who would argue that a well maintained timber deck isn’t something to be admired, so how can you make your new timber deck even more beautiful, practical and the envy of friends, family and the entire street? Outside Concepts has come to the rescue for our top tips for a great looking timber deck. Five timber deck tips Know your council and safety requirements because if you...

Timber decking choice a hard decision

If you’re considering building new timber decking for your house, possibly the most difficult decision you’ll need to make it the choice of timber for your decking boards. So which is best? Softwood or hardwood timber decks? The ever reliable and beautiful merbau or a stunning timber deck made from one of the varieties of Eucalyptus species? Softwood or hardwood? First, let’s clear up a common...

5 steps to the best Brisbane timber deck

Whether it’s a large deck for entertaining and relaxing or a small deck for a enjoying a coffee outside, a Brisbane timber deck is a thing of beauty and one of the best additions you can make as a homeowner. As with any outside project, you’ll want to make sure your investment will add the greatest value to your home at a reasonable price, and to help you do this Outside Concepts has produced...

Melbourne deck a practical work of art!

There’s little doubt that a timber deck can be as beautiful as it is practical, but what do you do if your Melbourne deck’s best years were last century? What do you do if your Melbourne deck is sagging, splitting, lifting and generally in a poor state of affairs? You’ve essentially got two choices: rip it up and replace it or, if your deck is in reasonable condition, give it some much necessary...

Beautiful timber decking for your Brisbane home

If you’re looking to renovate or improve your Brisbane home - to enjoy now and increase your home’s value for the future – timber decking is a great option to consider. New timber decking for your Brisbane home will improve your lifestyle. It will provide you with a great place to relax with a coffee in the morning, and to entertain with family or friends during the afternoon and evenings. The...

The low maintenance deck is here!

It’s little surprise that in these days of hi-tech gadgets and machinery, even the humble timber deck has gone hi-tech. In fact, it’s so hi-tech that we can safely say that the low maintenance deck is here (but we should we mention that it’s not really made from timber anymore?) While there’s little doubt that a timber deck is a thing of beauty, it does have one feature that for some is a flaw –...

Keep your timber decking looking beautiful!

Autumn is a fantastic time of the year, particularly with the beautiful colour of the deciduous leaves to admire. Which is all well and good when the leaves are on the trees, but somewhat of a pain when they fall on your timber decking. Cleaning leaves, twigs, dirt and other material from your timber decking isn’t just a good idea to keep you deck looking good, it’s also good for it. Leaves and...

Canberra decking a low maintenance boom

If you’re looking for some Canberra decking, for your Canberra house, the obvious choice is hardwood timber. It’s a beautiful product that with ongoing maintenance will look great and provide many years of service. However, if you’d prefer to be entertaining and relaxing on your deck rather than maintaining it, Outside Concepts has the product to fit the bill. It’s called HardieDeckTM, a product...

Low maintenance decking – imagine no more!

Imagine having low maintenance decking that has no screws or nails, and can be sealed or painted in a colour to match your house. Imagine a low maintenance deck that is resistant to termite damage and can be used in bushfire prone areas. Imagine low maintenance decking that is tough, hard wearing and resistant to rot, water damage and splintering. Imagine no more. Introducing the HardieDeckTM...

Bring the inside outside with a Sydney timber deck

If you live in Sydney and you’re struggling to decide what material to use for the floor of your outside area, draw inspiration from inside your home. With the flow between inside and outside an important design trend, if you have timber floors leading to the outside it makes sense to build a Sydney timber deck. Once you decide that a Sydney timber deck is the way to go, you then should...

The nearly-no-maintenance deck is here!

Imagine a deck that won’t split, warp and needs virtually no maintenance… Plus it looks great too! Outside Concepts is proud to announce a new product that is available for decking projects. Called HardieDeckTM, the product is machined 19mm fibre cement decking boards with a concealed fixing mechanism. The result is a very low maintenance deck with no visible nails or screws. But these are not...

Softwood timber decking not a hard decision

One of the common misconceptions about timber – and one that we get asked about quite a lot – is that softwood is an inferior product. Part of this misconception is simply because of the terms soft and hard. Obviously softwood can’t be as tough as hardwood, can it? Well, yes it can and that certainly applies to softwood timber decking. While some hardwoods are in fact extremely tough, some...

How to keep your Sydney timber deck happy!

Whether you’ve just had your Sydney timber deck installed by Outside Concepts or it’s older than you’d care to admit, it will be as happy as the proverbial pig in mud if you give it some tender loving care. Better still, take the time to re-oil it in the approach to summer and it will reward you with many months of beauty! You might ask how can a simple sweep help maintain a deck, but it can,...

Size counts when planning a Sydney timber deck area

When you’re planning a new Sydney timber deck area for your home, the biggest decision you’ll need to make is how big will it be. Get this right and you’ll have years of leisure and entertainment to look forward to; get it wrong and you’ll be cursing yourself for years to come. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider your current and likely future needs for the deck. If you have a big...

Why is a Melbourne timber deck the best choice?

Whether it’s a large Melbourne timber deck off the back of a home for entertaining and relaxing, or a small deck to act as a front porch, installing timber decking is one of the best investments you can make as a home owner. While there are a number of materials you can choose for a deck, timber is and always will be the best choice. Here are just a few reasons why a Melbourne timber deck should...

Deciding on the best material for your new Canberra deck

Winter is a great time to plan and build a new outdoor area, including a Canberra deck, so it will be ready for the warmer months. One of the choices you need to make if you are considering a new deck is what material to use for the decking. These days we are spoilt for choice with the main contenders being hardwood, softwood and composite material, which is sometimes called modwood. So which...

What wood would you use for your Adelaide deck?

If you live in Adelaide and your building a new timber deck or replacing the timbers on your old Adelaide deck, there are a myriad of decking timbers to choose from. So how do you make the right choice for your situation? Let your Adelaide deck take inspiration from your natural environment If you live in a bush environment surrounded by eucalypts, then using a eucalyptus decking timber such as...

Is it best to use nails or screws for Adelaide timber decking?

If you’re contemplating Adelaide timber decking, one of the questions you’ll need to answer is whether to use nails or screws as the fastening device. For most of us the decision might not seem that important but it is, and the answer for the most part is a matter of quality versus budget. The case for the nail is pretty simple. Using nails will make the process of building your Adelaide timber...

Melbourne decking and verandah project an outside triumph

While all our branch managers are proud of the decks, verandahs, carports, patios and pergolas they design and build, every now and again a project comes along that is even more satisfying and fulfilling. As in the case of this Melbourne decking and verandah project, completed by Jaan McKenzie and his team in Melbourne’s West. The project required two verandahs and a merbau deck, which featured...

1 + 1 = 2 – The answer to your Melbourne pergola questions

If you’re considering adding a new Melbourne pergola to your house but are unsure about a range of options, an answer might be to do what this family in Melbourne’s Western suburbs did… Build two pergolas! The modern contemporary project was designed and built by Jaan McKenzie, who’s the manager for Outside Concepts Western and Geelong branches. It involved building two separate pergolas that...

Delight in the Brisbane deck

While there’s nothing more delightful than a beautifully maintained timber deck, there’s nothing sadder than a deck that hasn’t received any maintenance since the new millennium ticked over. So, with summer on the way, it’s time to get your Brisbane deck shipshape, with these tips from Outside Concepts. Tips to keep you Brisbane deck in good condition: First of all, remove garden furniture, pot...

Lower the heat; increase the outdoor living opportunities

One of the questions often posed to our team members is, how do I reduce my exposure to the elements in my outdoor living area? There are a variety of things to consider when faced with this question, depending on your location and whether you’re looking to reduce your exposure to sun, rain, wind, heat, cold or a combination. Options can include café blinds, heating systems and screens and,...

Jarrah decking and verandah simply delicious

Developing a great outside project can be a bit like producing a good meal. Where ingredients, cooking skills and a tried and true recipe can produce great results in the kitchen, for an outside project, good materials, expert craftsmanship and a simple design will always be a winner. Take this project, completed by the team at Outside Concepts’ Western Branch in Victoria. The owners of the cute...

Using science to source legally harvested timber

When you’re considering building a new deck, the last thing you probably think about is whether the timber you use is legally harvested, but perhaps it should be. As Tony Cibiras, branch manager at Outside Concepts Canberra Southside points out, it’s common knowledge that illegal harvesting of timber in South East Asia is widespread, but exactly how much ends up in Australian patios, decks and...

The case of the invisible front door!

When David Buntin got the call to fix a front door that had virtually disappeared, he must have thought the caller was looking for Ghostbusters rather than Outside Concepts! But the branch owner from Melbourne’s Bayside suburbs took up the task and soon found it was something he could solve. It might seem ridiculous, but it’s not unusual for homes to have front doors that are practically...

A spa room for 365 days of the year

How can you have an outside spa that can comfortably be used for 365 days of the year, while still maintaining strict Council regulations? That was the question posed by the homeowners at this property in Somerville, on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. They wanted a spa room that would be closed in the cooler months and open in the warmer months, to enjoy the best of both worlds. The answer,...

Stunning patio and hardwood deck a Bayside winner

A patio – or pergola if you prefer – can be a valuable addition to any home but it’s important to choose your materials well to get the most value from the project. Take the case of this stunning patio and hardwood deck, built by David Bunton and his team at Outside Concepts Bayside Victoria branch. The deck has been built using spotted gum, a eucalyptus hardwood timber that’s not only extremely...

Hardwood not a hard decision!

When it comes to choosing a material for your new deck there are several choices, namely hardwood, softwood and a composite material often referred to as modwood. Which material you choose for your deck often comes down to personal preference, but when it comes to looks its hard to go past hardwood. Hardwood decking timbers include the commonly used merbau, which is sourced from South East Asia,...

What’s the best material for a deck?

Asking us which is the best material to use on a deck is a bit like asking us which of our children we like the best – we might have a personal favourite but it’s best left unsaid! When it comes to decking materials, now more than ever there are a multitude of choices. Firstly, and perhaps most widely known, is hardwood, including merbau, ironbark and blackbutt. Hardwood timbers are durable and...

Stairway to deck heaven!

What’s the best material to use when building steps for outside? While there are a multitude of materials and designs you can use, one of the first things you should do is look at the existing outside paths and decks and build steps that will complement these surfaces. That’s exactly the approach used by our team at Ferntree Gully in Victoria. Their steps were to lead from a new merbau deck,...

Raising deck design to new heights

Any well-built timber deck provides a wealth of entertainment and relaxation opportunities for its owners, but this deck in Blackwood South Australia takes these opportunities to new heights! The timber deck has been built to wrap around a large section of the home and its height means that it almost meets the canopy of surrounding trees. Steel posts were used to give the deck maximum stability...

Softwood or Hardwood? It’s not a tough decision

Question: Is softwood or hardwood a better choice for an outside project? Answer: It’s a common misconception that hardwood is a better choice because it’s tougher but this isn’t necessarily the case. The difference between softwood and hardwood is defined by plant reproduction, not toughness, and in fact some hardwoods are softer than softwoods. That said, hardwood is generally denser than...

Deciding on the best materials for your outdoor project

Question: How do you pick the correct materials for your outside project? Answer: One of the things that our Outside Concepts experts do when helping clients choose materials, is to take a look at the surroundings. Obviously, this includes existing structures, in particular the house. But it can also include the natural surroundings. Take a look at this image of a large decking project, for...

How can you add extra height to a verandah?

When a client from Bayside in Victoria contacted David Buntin from Outside Concepts’ Bayside Branch to erect a verandah, one of the key design briefs was for an outside structure with added headroom. While verandahs are often attached to the facia of a house, in some cases this can create a structure that is low. Not only can this cause difficulties and potential safety issues for tall people,...

Create a stylish entrance for your home

Helmut Huber, Branch Owner of Outside Concepts Ferntree Gully Branch, has helped the owners of a Bayswater home to create a stunning entrance by replacing their hardwood deck. The deck, which leads to the main entrance at the front of the house, replaces an existing deck that was worn and had become a hazard and an eyesore. The new deck was built using Merbau, a beautiful timber that is not only...

Create an outdoor environment for year-round use

How can you create a beautiful outdoor living area that requires virtually no maintenance? With the Blue Mountains as a backdrop, the owners of this home wanted to create an outdoor living area that they could use all-year-round. A place to relax and entertain, a place to enjoy a barbecue, a place for the dog to eat and sit with protection and even a place to dry the clothes. To help them...

How can you keep the heat out of an outside entertainment area?

That was the problem facing a homeowner in a Bayside Melbourne suburb. While the owners had the ideal location for an outdoor entertainment area they were faced with a hot and sunny aspect that would limit the area’s use during summer. The homeowners called on David Buntin, branch owner of Outside Concepts Bayside, to help them find a solution. After sitting down with the owner and discussing...

Big statement in a small Melbourne area

Designing and building a deck and verandah in a small area wasn’t the only challenge facing Jaan McKenzie from Outside Concepts in Melbourne’s West. Nor was the client the only one he had to please. Jaan also had to keep the local council happy, a task that required a lot of permit applications but was well worth the trouble. The clients now have a beautiful, raised space to enjoy the sunny...

How can you provide the perfect outdoor area for all the family?

Building an outdoor structure for the entire family can be difficult but it’s something this North Brisbane family has been able to achieve, with a lot of help from Outside Concepts North Brisbane Branch. The large project required several tasks: The installation of a large deck off the back of the house, a fly-over roof over the deck, and balustrades and external cladding to match the outside...

Making the most of spectacular views

Imagine a deck and verandah area at your house that would virtually reach into the trees and provide spectacular views of the coastline. A customer of Craig Arthur’s, owner of Outside Concepts Southern Branch, had that very dream but it took some special planning and building to make the dream a reality. Because of the size of the verandah, and the fact that it would be over 8 metres high at the...

Another use for a Merbau hardwood timber deck

Considering all the rain and flooding that Eastern Australia has experienced in the past year, I want to share my experience and our unique solution in resolving a potential flood inundation issue at my own home. After the storm in December which was described as a '1 in 100 year event' flood water inundated our home. I was determined to find the cause of the flooding and prevent a reoccurrence...

Southern belle in beautiful timber

This beautiful covered deck is testimony to the design skills of Craig Arthur, owner of Outside Concepts Southern branch. He was responding to the brief from the house owner who was committed to the natural beauty of wood and wanted a structure to keep her dry all year round. Craig put forward the idea of a large gable roof to provide sturdy weather proofing throughout the year. The views over...

A fair price for your deck, pergola or carport

Last week Outside Concepts Sydney West visited a client in regard to a tiled deck—something we specialise in because so many properties in the Blue Mountains are in Flame Zone. The client already had received two quotes; one from a local building company and the other from a well-known competitor in outdoor construction. The client willingly shared the prices of these quotes, strategically...

Invisible deck fixings

Did you know there are several methods of hidden deck fastening systems fresh on the market? Richard van den Broek of Outside Concepts Sydney West puts them through their paces. Richard says 'The three big players in this new niche market are Kleva Clip, Deck Max and Camo. All three systems are slightly different but all rely on proprietary products making them more expensive than screwing down...