Summer 2014: Get ‘Decked’ Out!

Ah, summertime. Pool parties, backyard barbecues and plentiful play in the outdoors. There’s no better way to prep for summer fun than to consider creating a new deck for your home. The options are plentiful from large, multilevel designs brimming with landscape to more quaint ones perhaps with a gazebo.


Whatever your choice, here are a few things to think about before embarking upon your fabulous deck project:


  1. Purpose: What is the main reason you’re wanting to expand your outdoor living space? Perhaps it’s because you desire to entertain more often and larger groups. Or maybe it’s merely to create more privacy in your backyard, or to have a place to lounge while watching the kids play in the pool.


  1. Zoning: When hiring a contractor, be sure to look for one who is familiar with recent zoning codes and regulations. If necessary, a surveyor may have to be called upon to ensure that the deck remains within your property boundaries.


3. Material: You’ll want to decide what aesthetic you wish your deck to portray. Weathered woods are quite popular, as are tropical hardwoods such as teak and ipe. Softer woods like cedar and pine are also commonly used, so the options run the gamut.


  1. Finishes: Other than the structural design, the finish and color of your deck is a very personal choice. Since the deck will be exposed to the elements, it’s vital to have it finished with specialty stains and protectors our colleagues at Trade Paint Direct  recommend. These oil finishes, coatings and stains in a variety of tones and hues, so it’s up to you to customize the look and feel of your decking.


The beauty of adding on a deck is that it literally becomes an extension of your family’s living space. Whether enjoying it under the sun or stars, it will become a welcome addition to your home sweet home.


BirdCabin by Tait

BirdCabin provides a safe haven for small birds to visit or even nest in the urban environment where tree hollows are scarce. Designed by Tait’s very own Production Manager Wayne Bell, who wanted to find a use for small timber offcuts, the resulting bird house uses minimal materials and is available in a variety of powder coat colours supplied with hanging hook and cord.
BirdCabin will attract small bird species to your inner city garden and the opening is small enough to deter invasive Myna Birds. Cheep Cheep.

Corail Outdoor Tables and Chairs by OASIQ

The Corail is a new lightweight collection of patio tables and stacking chairs by outdoor furniture brand OASIQ, was launched earlier this year at Maison & Objet.

The Cube by Spark Modern

Spark Modern Fires announces a dynamic new outdoor fire element called The Cube.  As its name implies, The Cube has a modern box-like shape which makes it a striking contemporary feature and a focal point in any outdoor environment. When not in use The Cube projects as an art object worthy of illumination.  When in use, the Cube’s flame creates its own light and warmth.

The Cube is available in stainless or powder coated red, and is 34.5” square X 28.5” tall. It can be ordered for natural gas or propane and comes with a cover to protect the firebox from the elements when not in use.  Options include safety screen and mat plus four choices of decorative fire objects – black glass, clear glass, small basalt stones or lava rock.  “The Cube is truly a unique fire element that infuses outdoor living with contemporary design”, says Tom Healy, co-founder of Spark. “Form and function share equal parts in this sculptural play.”

Kap by Francesc Vilaró for LEDS-C4

The Catalonia lighting company, LEDS-C4 present a new collection,Kap, the new chill out light for outodoor use, designed by Francesc Vilaró. The product comprises a piece of matt white polyethylene, manufactured using a rotating moulding technique to provide an original and unique 60 cm by 60 cm shape.  It is a large lamp that generates a kind of general diffused light.

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

And beautiful fences make a beautiful garden. While fences serve many uses that range from keeping the toddlers and Spot near home where they can be safely watched, do not under estimate what they can bring to your yard aesthetically. There are so many different types of fencing available that matching and look and style with a specific purpose (even if look and style is that purpose) can always be done with a little planning and shopping.

The actual reasons for a fence range from legal requirements in the case of swimming pools in most areas, to purely decorative as is the case in simple rail fencing used at the back property line as a way of giving a visual reason not to trim the brush from the woods behind the property you do not own. The key to selecting the best fencing option is in determining what is needed to do the job and how that can be adapted to blend and complement your property rather than be an obtrusive eyesore.

Rejuvenate Your Garden This Summer


Your garden really is made for the summer and there is no better way to spend your weekend than relaxing in the garden. It really is the perfect way to unwind after a long week at work. However, to make it the perfect place to relax, we have to spend some time upgrading it. Here are some tips on how to turn your garden into the perfect relaxation area:

  • Make sure that you have all of the equipment you need before you start:

People often start trying to change their garden without checking that they have the correct tools for the job. It is unsafe to use non-garden equipment in your garden. Checking that you have everything ready beforehand will allow you to progress through your rejuvenation quickly. There’s nothing worse than getting mucky and then having to go to the hardware store!


  • Have a clear out of unnecessary plants and other objects:

Always get rid of dead plants and flowers before starting any new jobs. It is only when you have removed these that you can get a true idea of the space that you have left. As well as this, it may be that soil needs replacing- don’t waste time planting new plants first!

  • Always have a plan:

This is undoubtedly the most straightforward of all the points in this blog. However, it is one that many people forget!

You need to plan your own time as well as how your garden will look. As I have already mentioned, remodelling your garden is a time consuming job, so when you plan what you want to do then make sure that you have the time to do it!