• The best use of lighting on a deck is by using uplights and downlights as you do not want to see the globe, just the lighting effect.
  • Lighting can be used to highlight key elements of the deck such as trees. hedges and screens.
  • Increasing in popularity is the use of LED strip lights under benches.
  • Make sure all lighting is external grade and quality. 
  • Deck lights can highlight steps and edges.
  • Lighting can be used to highlight key elements of the deck such as trees, hedges and screens. When used for this purpose, again, it’s best not to be able to see the actual light but just the effects of the lights.
  • Complimentary, inbuilt bench seating to a new deck is a popular choice, especially as storage can be integrated into the design.
  • When limited for space, consider a counter levered, floating deck as this offers a streamline look which maximises space. You can also add lights underneath seating.
  • When considering the design, an appealing look is to use different size slats on seats versus the deck.
  • You can further enhance the look by running faceboards vertically, or in a stackstone. The idea is to play with textures and finishes to enhance the aesthetics of the timber.
  • Custom made cushions will not only look great but will also add that bit more comfort the bench seat.
  • Firepits and inbuilt BBQs are a great addition in creating a highly liveable, well utilised space.
  • Of course, be careful of firepits over timber decking. We like to install a pebbled or paved area to ensure safety.
  • There is an opportunity to disguise unsightly elements such as gas bottles with timber screening.
  • We recommend the addition of unusual benchtops to add to the design (such as polished concrete or Ceasarstone). 

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4/29 Bay Road, Taren Point, NSW 2229


1300 654 478