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PREPARING YOUR DECK

Key things to know when you want a deck of the highest quality

Preparation for your deck is key. It is well worth your while to chat about layout and options. At the end of the day a deck is a great item to add significant value to your home.

So why not spend a bit of time in a free consultation with 360 Timber Projects to ensure you get it right.

Failing to plan is planning to fail, don’t get caught out by an installer who plans his work poorly.

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MAXIMIZING STORAGE SPACES IN YOUR DECKING

Smart ways to use space and design to create more storage

Creating ample storage around the home is a challenge for most of us, especially when it comes to our yards. Just like indoors, the underside of a deck or staircase is a perfect space to convert into storage; use it for items such as garden tools, empty pots and outdoor recreational equipment.

Tip: Even if your deck is only 2 or 3 feet off the ground, creating a hatch for access to the crawl space is a good idea if you have utilities or pipes that run under your deck.

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BUILD A TOP NOTCH DECK

Key things to know when you want a deck of the highest quality

A deck is essentially an outdoor room, usually in a space you didn’t previously use. The extra space adds value to your home, but adding value to your life is a different story. A deck has to fit the way you live. And, of course, unlike the other rooms in your house, your deck has to handle exposure to the elements. Here are four considerations that will help you build the deck that best fits your lifestyle.

Lingo to know:
Joists: Structural lumber that supports the decking and runs from beam to beam or house to beam
Beams: Larger pieces of wood or steel that support the joists
Footing: A concrete pier that supports the deck posts. Make sure the footing is below the frost line in your area so it won’t move when the ground freezes.
Grade: Ground level


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PERGOLA DESIGN

Designing the perfect Pergola for your outdoor area

What’s stopping you from having a tropical holiday in your own backyard and giving your guests a resort experience? Absolutely nothing! This pergola design is cleverly styled with decorative extras like plants and flames to actually set the vacation scene. Choosing a theme takes your place from home to ‘sanctuary’ and can define the space, making it easier to plan.

This design is cleverly styled with decorative extras like plants and flames to set the vacation scene. Choosing a theme takes your place from home to ‘sanctuary’ and can define the space, making it easier to plan.

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DECK MAINTENANCE

How to keep your deck in top shape

If you don’t take care of the wood, it can rot, dry out, warp, crack and splinter, and nails can pop out.

But if you’re willing to maintain it, wood decking is beautiful, especially up close. Shown here is an ipe deck, which is a Brazilian hardwood known for its natural durability and for being weatherproof.

If you are entertaining the idea of having a deck then you should make contact with us for a free quotation and some advice.

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DECKING FRAMES

Building the perfect decking frame for a strong foundation

Decking frames: the structure and frames you work with are of vital importance. Get this rite and it will ensure the longevity of your deck, get it wrong and it will be to your peril.

No one wants their deck to start bowing or creaking ever. To ensure that our decks stand the test of time we insure a maximum spacing of 400mm-450mm between structural beams. Do not under any circumstances go beyond the 600mm gap, you will be living on the edge if you do that. To often we have come across decking that is warped and looking poor because of the build quality. Rather go with a trusted supplier and fitter that has a good reputation.

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