There is Nothing Quite like Hardwood Decks
These hardwood decks in Toronto are the epitome of classic. The color, rich grain and knowing it will last 40 years in our climate. We use wood from tropical locations because these species deal very well with moisture. They last longer than locally grown species. In the case of Ipe, it is also as hard as concrete. Sparks come off the blade when we are cutting and you use up blades and drill bits at record speed. For this reason, hardwood decks are an investment.
An Inspired Hardwood Deck Design
Paul Corsetti created a deck design with clean horizontal lines and Ipe decking that will last 40 years in Toronto Ontario. Ipe is one of the strongest hardwoods and comes from South America. We used grooved decking to allow fastening with stainless clips so that fasteners are hidden. Ipe decking is typically worked when it is green since when it is dry it is too hard to work with. The oil is specifically formulated for hardwood decks. It should be applied spring and fall, and really, it is more like mopping a floor than re-finishing. You can leave Ipe raw, however, it takes a silver grey pigmentation and takes on the look of driftwood if left.
This is the look many composite decking companies attempt to capture in their products. This is the exclusive quality decking all the other plastic products strive to achieve. Adding planters, furniture, and a grill gives a look that says “This is another room in this beautiful house”, not merely a rectangular deck stuck on the back of it. Let’s get into the genius of professional deck design.
The Advantage of Professional Deck Designers
Paul designed in landscape lighting for an upscale feel at night. The spaces between the boards in the privacy screen will be exaggerated at night.The panels will illuminate as an artwork canvas in the background. Splashes of color like the plants and pink pillows make the whole scene pop. This is what happens when you involve a professional designer in the creation of a simple deck. An extra 10% can make a world of difference in the final result.
Paul is a trained landscape designer that completed Ryerson’s Landscape Architecture course so he knows a little about designing landscapes and decks. Paul brought elements of the home into the deck. The simple privacy screens draw from the paneled look of the doors and stucco work in the rear facade of the home. There is space for traffic flow between the living room area of this deck, and the dining area. To maintain an open feeling to the deck he placed a sofa rather than a rail–which could have addressed a budget issue, but likely it had more to do with feel.
A deck in a small yard always feels larger without rails. When the landscape becomes mature it will feel like being on a couch in the garden.
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