The instruction and brief was to re-vamp a dreary, albeit sunny, small third floor balcony in the heart of Covent Garden, London, WC2. Unattractive concrete paving had a cold, uninspiring effect on the size-challenged outside space:
Any outside space in central London is definitely worth exploiting, and creating a warmer, inviting space in with to enjoy the sun and entertain, albeit on a small scale, was what we had in mind. The material of choice to do this was Cumaru (Brazilian Teak), which has a warm, rich, medium brown colour and has excellent durability, decay-resistance and weathering properties. Firstly, the treated timber subframe was built:
The horizontal lengths of Cumaru were cut to length and prior to securing to the sub-frame, cores were cut in the Cumaru to house stainless steel LED decking lights before they were wired in. The Cumaru hardwood decking boards were then secured with stainless steel screws (specific for hardwoods) and were spaced 5mm apart from each other to allow for water to drain. This practical and visual spacing was then carried on up the vertical sections of the wall balustrade to two elevations to create the effect of a seamless run. Two coats of new wood protection were applied to the Cumaru, which helps fight against the damaging effects of sun and moisture in the first 6-12 months when the wood is vulnerable. The result was a stunning, inviting space, which simply required a few choice, well-placed plants in stylish planters to finish the simplistic, contemporary, yet traditional and stylish space:
Garden decking is available in a variety of widths and thicknesses in both soft woods, such as Southern Yellow Pine or the fantastic and dependable Western Red Cedar, and hard woods such as Ipe, Cumaru and Balau, and numerous profiles are available to suit your style and budget. We’ve built softwood and hardwood garden decking across London and Surrey, so whatever your garden decking requirements, please do get in touch for a free consultation and garden decking review.