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, and we reckon one of the best surfaces for the purpose is a timber deck.
6 steps to the perfect Melbourne timber deck
If you haven’t had a timber deck to retreat to around your Melbourne home, it’s time to do something about it. It’s time to call Outside Concepts.
We build timber decks to your specifications, not cookie-cutter decks which may not suit your home, budget or desires. And we build timber decks using the timber of your choice. This may be using Merbau, which is still an extremely popular choice. It could also be in an Australian hardwood, such as Jarrah, River Red Gum or Spotted Gum. Plus, if you’re on a budget, it could be with treated pine, an extremely tough and durable product that, depending on the look you’re after, can be treated with a stain to make it resemble hardwoods.
Here are some things you should consider to get the Melbourne timber deck you’re looking for:
- When choosing timber for your new Melbourne timber deck, think about your location and home. If you live close to the sea, a light coloured timber can work particularly well, in a bush-setting a darker timber may work best. Meanwhile, if you’re in a fire-prone region, you’ll need to follow local regulations on what is allowed. Another consideration is the timbers you have in and outside your home. Try to complement or match these and you’ll be on to a winner.
- Where your deck will be located is paramount. To achieve the inside-outside look, a deck off your living or dining area is ideal. However, a deck off your bedroom can create an intimate place to relax.
- The size of your timber deck will also be vital. You may be constrained somewhat by your block, but to make sure your timber deck isn’t too small, consider the furniture and bbq you’ll want. Also, consider how you’ll use the deck. Like to entertain? A larger area will be needed. However, if it’s to relax with the family, a small deck may be all you require.
- Check your local council for planning approval. Every local government has different processes. Some may not need approval at all while others may only require approval if your deck is raised above a certain height.
- Once your new timber deck is built, get into the habit of treating it with a protective finish regularly (although in the case of treated timber you might prefer the raw look). Treating your timber deck with oil or stain regularly, or with paint, every several years will help to maintain its beauty for many decades to come.
- Last but by no means least, call Outside Concepts.
If you live in the Northern and Eastern suburbs of Melbourne your local branch manager is Ron Matz. Ron and his team are experts when it comes to designing and building timber decks in Melbourne.
As Ron says, “I look at each job as if I was building the structure for myself and had to use it every day. That’s why quality workmanship, quality materials, good project management and a focus on customer satisfaction are so important to me.”
So, if the quality is a key aim for your timber deck, you know who to call. Phone Outside Concepts on 1800 601 674 or go to Ron’s page to send him a contact form.
From concept to clean up, you can rely on us. Give Outside Concepts a call on 1800 601 674 to organise a free quote.