The need to know for making the most of your garden


Whether you have a large country garden, small town garden or compact terrace, you’ll want to make the most of your outdoor space this summer. So with that in mind, the design experts Richard Burbidge have come up with a few handy design hints to help you transform your space into a practical and stylish spot for entertaining, dining, or simply relaxing.

Before you start to build your dream decking area, there are a few things to bear in mind.

  1. Planning permission

The position of your decking can depend on planning permission limitations. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of securing planning permission for your decking, then make sure it’s no closer than 20metres to a main road nor more than 3metres in height. If your decking is raised above this height, planning permission should be sought and outdoor balustrade should be utilised as an essential safety barrier.

  1. Location location

Before designing your decking you should consider where the sun will be at different times of the day. Also, will your new deck be protected from prevailing winds, by fences, walls or buildings? Finally, will the decking interfere with any household services; in particular will it affect access to drains or vents? If so, access to these may need to be built in to the design.

  1. Size matters

As with any home extension, you should try to make the improvements look as though they were part of the original house. Therefore size should be taken into consideration when designing your decking. A small deck on a large house may look like an obvious addition, rather than an organic part of the house. Similarly, oversized decking on smaller houses or in compact outdoor spaces can look equally out of place. Richard Burbidge offers a wide range of decking balustrade in a variety of styles and finishes, as it’s also important to choose the right balustrade to make sure they are in keeping with the overall look and feel of your garden.

  1. On the slopes

One of the best ways to make the most out of a garden with a slope, especially one that slopes away from the house, is to fit multi-level decking and outdoor balustrade. Not only can this add interest to the garden design and break up larger areas, it also makes uneven or sloping gardens more useable and safer.

  1. Online planning

To make decking design easy, Richard Burbidge offers an innovative online planning tool called DECKPLANNERä. The free service allows you to plan your dream decking and balustrade system in just a few simple steps. For more information or to access DECKPLANNER™, please visit


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