Decks provide a wonderful focal point to any garden, have immense aesthetic appeal and are warm and comfortable underfoot.

Hardwood is generally the preferred material, with oak, cedar, ipe and balau being the favourites. In recent years a number of composite materials have become available and these now offer a viable alternative to timber.

Timber can either be left to colour naturally, usually to a silver-grey, or can be re-treated annually to maintain the original rich lustre.

Western red cedar decking

Western red cedar decking with screen creates an intimate seating area

Silver hardwood deck

Hardwood decking can be left to naturally ‘silver’

Oak boardwalk with lighting

An oak boardwalk (with integral lighting) passes through a sloped and wooded garden area

Summerhouse terrace

Oak used to construct a small terrace for a summerhouse


A dining area on a silvered hardwood deck, below an oak pergola

Oak bridge

A painted oak bridge crosses a stream in the style of Giverny