The great Monty Don said: “A garden is not a place. It’s a journey” and I couldn’t agree more. I love having different zones in my yard, so I was thrilled when I was able to work with Trex and install Trex Composite Decking in our yard.
Our old garden was nothing more than a large patio. It had a rotting deck that was falling apart and a small paved area in the back that only got the sun in the summer.
There was a huge double garage to the right of the garden and a double driveway leading up to it. With our garden facing north, both the garage and the driveway were in a prime position, soaking up all the sunlight.
We decided we wanted to extend our house to the rear to provide a larger eat-in kitchen and this meant the garage had to be broken down to make room.
There was a strange courtyard between the former downstairs bathroom, dining room, and garage that never saw the light of day and became a dump.
We knocked down the garage and reclaimed the double driveway, building a brick wall around it. This doubled the size of our garden and we could already see how much light and sun bathed the new space. I wrote about our home renovation plans here.
We ripped off all the old covers and were left with a blank canvas in the garden. We live on the beach and our house and garden are literally built on pebbles. We left the garden like this for almost 8 months and nothing grew back!
When I designed the back of the house, I knew right away that I wanted the deck to go straight out of the kitchen.
I love biophilic design and how you can integrate the outdoors into your home, making it feel perfect. I wanted to be able to open our folding doors and for the garden to become an extension of our home.
I also love to zone the garden as we love to entertain. By having different zones, you can have seating for morning coffee, a dining space to eat your barbecue food, lots of plants and grass to provide an eye-pleasing aesthetic, and an area for an outdoor room/hot tub. / garden kitchen.
I like my garden to be like my house. Lots of nature, texture and lots of details to make the space interesting and pleasing to the eye.
I started looking for decking and immediately knew I wanted Trex Composite Decking.
We have had decks made of wood in the past and it never went through a winter unscathed. Every year we would have to pressure wash, scrub and repaint the deck and no matter how hard we worked on it, it would look a little more run down each year.
Why choose Trex Composite Decking?
Trex Composite Decking is no ordinary decking. Trex Composite Decking is a man-made product made up of wood fibers, plastics and bonding agents and requires much less maintenance than traditional wood decking.
As Trex explains on its website:
- Trex composite decking boards won’t rot, warp or splinter
- You will not need painting, sealing or seasonal staining.
- fade or stain
- Become food for woodworm
- contribute to deforestation
Trex Composite Decking is a Green Deck
Another reason I knew I wanted Trex composite decking was because of its green credentials.
The deck is made from 95% reclaimed wood and plastic products and saves up to 800 million pounds of recycled plastic film diverted from landfills in the US alone.
Choosing Our Trex Composite Decking Product
We have folding and anthracite gray doors and finally we are going to cover the upper part of our house in a dark gray color. I wanted the platform to work seamlessly with the house, so I looked at their more obscure products.
We reviewed Trex Enhance Basics Clam Shell and Enhance Naturals Calm Water composite decking and decided to go with Calm Water. This shade would look perfect against our home and create a stylish corner in our garden.
How to Buy Trex Composite Decking
You can go to the Trex website and find dealers. Personally, I prefer to leave this type of project to the professionals, so we opted for a TrexPRO installer: SB Decking through Arbordeck. I can’t even begin to imagine how we would have come close to installing the platform on our own.
I love a bit of DIY, but this was definitely something out of our comfort zone.
Sam from SB Decking showed up on an unusually wet and cold May day. We had just rendered the back of our house and our yard was more or less a construction site, so it was the perfect canvas for them to start the deck installation.
First they had to build a frame to put the platform on, since our house rises about half a meter from the garden.
Initially, I wanted the deck to be at the same level as the garden, but Sam made me see common sense and we opted for the Trex composite deck that came right out of the folding folds so I could walk right into it.
Once the frame was in place, they were able to lay the Trex composite decking on top.
We decided to have it throughout the house and up to the dividing wall on the right. This meant that we maximized the size and space of the deck and it would give us plenty of room to place our garden furniture.
We had a step installed along the entire terrace to be able to access the garden at any point.
We have also realized, since the platform was completed, that the step doubles as a fabulous seat for our family and guests. The kids love to sit on the steps and eat their lunch!
the final result
Now comes the fun part, designing the terrace!
SB Decking did an amazing job with our decking and you can immediately see why it’s best left to the professionals! Trex Composite Decks look sleek, modern, and fresh and provide a fantastic backdrop for our home.
I love how the deck runs right from the house so you can walk right out into the garden from the kitchen.
This provides a perfect indoor/outdoor feel for both our kitchen and garden.
We eventually planned to put a pergola from our house over most of the terrace and an outdoor kitchen along the neighbor’s wall, making it a great space for lunch and dinner.
I will be writing a garden design blog post over the next week so you can see our plans.
For the first time since we installed our bifolds in October, we have been able to fully open them and begin to enjoy part of our garden. Just in time for this week’s heat wave!
I cannot recommend Trex Composite Decking highly enough. We are very impressed with SB Decking’s workmanship and the high quality of the deck.
We hope to enjoy it for many more years!