A contemporary touch: deck design for modern properties
Decking remains a popular addition to both private and commercial properties thanks to the variety of benefits it can offer. From extending the existing living space and encouraging more time being spent outdoors to potentially adding significant value to the property, decking can be a fantastic investment.
One of the best ways to maximise this investment is to ensure the design of the deck complements the type of property it’s being built on. With this in mind, when it comes to designing a deck for a modern property – whether it’s a new build home or high-rise commercial building – the consideration of modern benefits, style and finishes are key to unlocking its full potential.
While timber continues to be a popular decking material choice thanks to its lower price point and perceived links to sustainability, this is increasingly questioned. It’s therefore important to only purchase timber decking boards from trusted suppliers committed to responsible sourcing and manufacturing.
By contrast, Trex composite decking comprises up to 95 per cent recycled wood fibre and plastic, meaning there’s no need to fell trees in its manufacture. What’s more, Trex’s sustainability is further increased by its longevity, offering an industry-leading warranty of up to 50 years for residential decks and up to ten years for commercial decks, meaning it won’t need to be replaced for many years.
Trex’s eco-friendly credentials are in harmony with modern buildings, which are likely to have been designed and built with sustainability in mind.
However, it’s important to note that this long lifespan only applies to quality composite decking boards with profiles that promote durability, such as solid and capped boards which provide structural integrity as well as protection from the elements. While lower price points may be appealing, this is unlikely to offer value for money in the long term.
Trex is able to provide durability, and ultimately sustainability, even with minimal maintenance – ideal for busy homeowners who want to spend more time enjoying their deck than maintaining it, and business owners who want to provide the best possible customer experience.
While links to sustainability are an important consideration for designing a deck for a modern property, the overall style is what will make the first – and lasting – impression of the deck.
Modern interior design favours clean lines and neutral colours, and this can be used as inspiration for a deck in order to create a seamless flow from the inside out. Design elements like smooth curved areas, Trex Outdoor Lighting, and glass or black railings are all useful additional touches for creating a sleek and contemporary finish ideally suited to modern residential and commercial properties.
However, one of the most popular ways to create a modern-looking deck is the use of grey decking boards. A signature element of contemporary design, grey offers a versatile solution thanks to its soothing effect and neutrality, which is ideal for making accent colours pop. Using this adaptable colour is therefore the ideal way to create a true extension of a property’s indoor space and complement interior design choices.
Fortunately, there are a number of options when it comes to building a grey deck for a modern property. If the homeowner or business owner opts for timber decking, there are a variety of grey wood stain products available, but it’s important to note that this option requires regular maintenance to keep the deck looking in top condition.
Alternatively, Trex composite decking is available in multiple shades of grey including popular Island Mist, requiring minimal maintenance backed up by a warranty.
A contemporary deck wouldn’t be complete without the addition of some ‘mod cons’.
For higher budget projects, a deck design could centre on a pool or hot tub, or it could feature a sleek fire pit surrounded by a sunken seating area. Contemporary luxuries may also include the addition of technology, such as built-in speakers, heaters or charging points for the ideal entertaining space.
Whether it’s for a residential or commercial property and whatever the budget, the design possibilities are endless when it comes to decking for modern properties.