Selecting the right materials to choose for your seating and relaxation area can be pretty tricky, especially given the vast array of different styles and colours. Making a good choice is really important because this is usually the area that you will spend most of your time in, and will give you the opportunity to look out over your new garden.
Decking got a bit of a bad rap in the nineties, largely in part due to the fact that is was used on pretty much every garden makeover show, usually accompanied by some twee ballustrades and steps. Britain's love affair with decking was over by the end of the decade as people drifted away from the boxy, plain deck that added little value to the garden.
Times have changed, and decking is making a comeback - this time, out are the old pine grooved decks of the past and in are contemporary decks in hard woods, which cleverly complement the design and aren't just plonked outside the French windows.
Decking woods come in a large variety of species, particualr favourites being Western red cedar, IPE, red and yellow balau and for a real touch of luxury, a gorgeous chocolate coloured Brazilian Teak deck. You could also go for a composite deck, made from wood polymer which is truly environmentally friendly and won't split, warp or splinter. For more on which which deck might suit your requirements, take a look at our guide in the next section.