|The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team
is experienced and has 26 years of experience. If you have any interest at all in spending time outdoors
it really is almost as essential to a garden as plants are.
A transition area between house and garden can become a part
of both and can greatly extend the season when you can enjoy
your garden after the hard work of gardening is done.
The alternatives are wooden decks or stone patios. Gravel
doesn't really make a satisfactory surface to sit or play on,
and while grass can be perfect for both, for much of the spring
and autumn, it will probably be too wet and muddy to be pleasant
to go on.
Hard surfaces are the most expensive form of ground cover
(more so than many fitted indoor floorings), so make sure you
are using all of the area usefully. Pots can be placed in corners
where you are unlikely to tread, but it seems a waste to me
to put them on useful parts of the patio or deck, you may have
paid $50 for the area your petunias are standing on.
Position & Size
The first thought of a patio or deck is often of sitting
out sunning yourself, gin & tonic in hand while contenting yourself
that you are master of all you survey (well at least as far
as the fence anyway). A little extra thought will give you an
area that can used more frequently. Let The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations
Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team do the planning for you.
The obvious position for a deck or patio is usually immediately
outside the patio doors or back door of the house. This is convenient
for many reasons, particularly if you have small children so
they feel close to the house when playing and can easily be
kept an eye on. Also, if you intend to eat al fresco very often
and have barbecues or parties outside, itís easier to service
these if the kitchen is nearby. Bear these in mind if you are
thinking of an area away from the house. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team can show you 3D
rendering of your ideas before you build.
As an absolute minimum 3m square (10ft x 10ft) will allow
you to get a small round table and 4 chairs with a bit of elbow
room. 3m x 5m (10ft x 15ft) is more realistic for a family with
one or two children or a couple who like to entertain. If you
go larger than this, pay more attention to how the area fits
in with the rest of the garden. Is it beginning to dominate?
Is privacy becoming more of an issue?
Sun, shade, shelter from wind & privacy
These are the other major considerations. Itís better to
have a sunny patio than one in the shade as you can always make
shade but you canít make sun!
Remember that sitting in direct sunshine in summer can be
uncomfortably hot. Parasols can provide an elegant solution
and have the advantage of being removable when the sun doesnít
shine. Another solution is something to give dappled shade,
a pergola with trellis as a roof, or my preference - climbers
supported with wires, give a nice effect. Ideally, to extend
the season of use there should be some possibility of shade
in mid-summer, but not in spring and autumn when the sun is
warm without being overpowering, deciduous climbers can help
Avoid most trees near your patio or deck, exceptions are
those with a light open canopy such as birches (Betula spp.)
and Robinia pseudoacacia ďfrisiaĒ, though be wary of these being
too close to the house. Most other trees would give too dense
a shade. Almost any tree planted within 1-2m will in time begin
to lift your patio with its roots, decks are not affected in
the same way and can be constructed around the base of existing
Shelter from wind is also very important when sitting your
deck / patio, if everywhere seems to be windy, consider erecting
a pergola screen for protection. 6ft x 6ft trellis panels held
up by 3Ē square posts are effective and you can plant climbers
at the base of the trellis to soften the effect. Trees, a hedge,
or large shrubs on the windward side of the garden can also
help considerably to curb the wind. An extra 2 ft of trellis
on top of a boundary fence is also very effective (and doesn't
usually need the planning permission that a taller fence might).
Decks should really only be positioned where they are in
the sun for most of the time. If too shaded, they remain wet
and slippery (or at least more slippery than when dry) for longer,
which will also reduce the life of the wood. Patios are better
for shady places and whereas wet wood can look rather dreary,
wet slabs / bricks arenít so bad. Remember if you are reading
books on decking most of them are written in and for countries
that don't have our damp maritime climate.
Dealing with manhole covers. Houses, particular new houses
it seems for reasons that are not entirely clear, are frequently
surrounded by one or more manhole covers that look unsightly
and make it difficult when laying a patio around them.
One solution is to deck over them. It may seem rather drastic
but it certainly works very well, there are some new houses
that have four of five covers within a small area and there's
really little that can be done to disguise them. The usual device
of getting a pot and placing it on the cover tends to draw attention
which defeats the object. Decks are raised about 6" or more
above ground level and so make it easy to hide the covers which
can be accessed fairly easily by lifting a couple of boards
if necessary - when was the last time you needed to access a
Cost Ė varies greatly, make sure you know what slabs / bricks
or wood you are getting before you commit. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team has the right
solution for you.
DIY or not
Decks and patios can be installed by the competent (important
word that) DIY'er. They are not for beginners, they are major
projects and often hard heavy work. Make sure you know what
you're taking on before you start, that you have the right tools,
that you are carrying the work out to the correct standards
and that you are using the right materials. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team will show you
samples of projects that have gone wrong (other
inexperienced contractors) and what was done to fix them.
There are many sources of information on the construction
of decks and patios. You are strongly recommended to consult
a specialist source of information. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations
Home Deck and Patios Toronto Team has many certified
specialists on staff.
Unless you are particularly confident (and fit) leave a patio
to the professionals. The Kloog Contracting Toronto Home Renovations Home Deck and
Patios Toronto Team has the codes and the know how. A patio needs to be dug out to a depth
of around 15cm, thatís 2.25 m3 of soil to be dug out for an
average 3m x 5m area, and it wonít always come up easily. What
comes out has to be disposed of and then replaced (that's 5
tonnes or more of material to move), is your back up to it?