Plan ahead for Summer with a new deck or deck renovation

Whether used as a retreat or for entertaining, decks and patios are multifunctional outdoor living spaces.

Article By: Style Plus | September 2016
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Rules & Regulations

Rules & Regulations

When the time comes to plan your decking space, it is important to review the rules and regulations around building your deck.

The following are some guidelines to consider:

• For outdoor structures like fences, decks and retaining walls, the main reason you may require a consent is if you are building over a certain height. You do not require a building consent for decks that are up to 1.5 metres above ground.

• Any deck where someone can fall 1 metre or more requires a barrier and you may require a resource consent.

• If the deck is attached to the house then you should allow a 12mm gap on the ribbon plate to stop moisture retention behind the plate which can lead to mould mildew and eventually rot.

• Decks must still meet other building requirements, primarily the durability and structural requirements. Check with your designer or builder on those requirements.

Tip: Check out Auckland City Council webpage - Fences, Decks & Retaining Walls. Alternatively, contact Style Plus | Renovations and we will guide you through your building process.

Auckland City Council

Building a New Deck

Planning Your Decking Space

When planning your decking space think about what the deck will be used for and what elements will be needed to accommodate your daily outdoor living needs. Think of your deck as an open concept space such as a kitchen, dining and living area.

Once you have determined your needs, you can then determine how much space should be allotted for your deck and the different functional areas within the space.

If a BBQ is high on the list of priorities then consider an outdoor kitchen with ample space for prep work, grilling and cleaning.

If you are looking for al fresco dining, your decking space should include a great patio set with plenty of seating and table space. There should be enough space to move around the deck with ease.

If a pool or hot tub is a must for family fun, keep this in mind when planning the deck’s dimensions, layout and required services.









tile design Louvretec | Opening Roof

Entertaining or Recreation Decking Space?

Another great advantage from creating a new decking space to your home is additional space for entertaining or for home recreation.

If you want a cosy spot to sit outside and read a book, have lunch, or host a party, a new deck or patio space or combination can meet all of those needs and more.

Summer days can bring plenty of sunshine to our homes but that can also mean dealing with harsh UV rays and heat.

A decking space with a Louvretec system addition can provide the space you need to get outside and enjoy the weather while keeping you cooler and more comfortable at the same time.

The Louvretec range is engineered to compliment today’s architectural styles, adding to the aesthetic value of your home. They can be motorised, hand operable or fixed into place.





Decking Space Design

When planning your decking space there is a few design elements that you should consider. For example the position of your home in relation to the suns position during the day. Also consider indoor | outdoor flow from your home.

As an extension of your interior space, your outdoor decking space needs to be designed for relaxation, handle the New Zealand weather and complement the style of your home.

Desking Space Design Outdoor Room by Louvretec




Decking Types

Timber Decking Types

Decking materials come in various types of shapes, materials, and sizes but the two common types are softwood and hardwood. The most commonly used decking timbers in New Zealand are:

• Pine (softwood): Treated pine is widely available and commonly used for New Zealand decking. If well maintained, it will be long lasting. However, on the downside, this product warps and bends easily and contains chemical preservatives.

• Kwila (hardwood): Kwila decking has long been a popular choice for New Zealand residential decking construction. This hardwood can last for years and can be left natural or stained. It always looks at it's best when freshly oiled.

Kwila contains a water soluble tannin that leaches out when wet. The tannin that leaches out will stain concrete and tiles. At Style Plus we suggest it is either left to weather on grass or washed off using Resene Timber and Deck Wash (usually takes 2 or 3 washes).

• Vitex (hardwood): Vitex hardwood timber decking is a light coloured creamy brown tropical hardwood that comes from the Solomon Islands. Vitex decking timber has a tight fine even grain in appearance.

Vitex decking does not have the natural dark sap to repel UV so applying it with a protective coating almost as soon as construction of your deck is completed is essential.

• Macrocarpa (softwood): Macrocarpa decking timber is naturally durable when used outdoors above ground and so does not need to be treated. It is chemical free and has a lovely fresh smell making it a favourite for those who want the all natural deck.





Composite Decking

A sustainable alternative decking option is composite decking. Also known as plastic wood. These are manufactured from recycled plastic (HDPE) and waste timber fibre, which is heated and pressurised then extruded into a decking timber shape.

Eco Decking is an example of sustainable alternative to tropical hardwoods. It is made of recycled wood and the highest grade (11) recycled HDPE composite. It has the highest non-slip rating, no splinters, no nails or staining required. Eco Decking is 60% wider than timber and has 3-5% less waste compared to timbers 15%.

• Outdure: Eco Decking.

Outdure Outdure | Eco-Decking

Full Service Project Management

Full Service Project Management

Full service project management ensures your specific project is tracking along to plan. The allocated project manager manages the project so it finishes to the agreed timeline and to the budgetary requirements, and that the construction team completes the project according to building codes, plans, and specs.

Other functions of full service project management include specifying scope, budget, and schedules, selecting subcontractors and workers, developing communication strategy for resolving conflicts, and more.

At Style Plus, full project management is what we do. We partner with select architects, engineers and construction professionals to complete your renovation, new build or create that indoor | outdoor flow that features a designed decking space.

Project Management.

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