The weather is picking up again and summer is finally here! There is no better time to start thinking about your garden and how you can use outdoor timber to give it that wow factor. If you need some inspiration, then look no further. Timber 2 U Direct have put together some of our favourite uses of outdoor timber so you can get some ideas for your next garden project just in time for the hot weather!
A staple for any modern garden is wooden decking. Given its name due to the resemblance of a ship deck, adding a decked area to your outdoor space offers so much opportunity. Many use this feature as a place to put a table and chairs or a BBQ. This provides a wonderful space for parties, gatherings and get togethers as the restrictions across the country ease. During the hot weather, you can take your indoor space outside by including available seating on your decking, allowing for ultimate relaxation.
Outdoor timber can be used to build a deck, but you need to consider the certain properties. Ideally, you don’t want to have to keep treating your deck with chemicals. Luckily for you, there are many woods that are highly resistant, will age beautifully and do not require that kind of treatment. Spanish Cedar, Mahogany and European Oak can all stand up to the effects of weather and insects.
The glue of any well-groomed outdoor space is the shed. Often overlooked when it comes to garden overhauls, sheds can provide tidy storage options for your tools. They make an outdoor area look neat and tidy. Sheds can also be customised to suit any theme you choose for your garden. Placing flowers on the roof, or even having flower baskets around the outside, is a great way to add colours and vibrancy to any shed. This can help your outbuilding to blend in with greenery if you are not so keen on having it stand out.
The most common type of timber cladding used in sheds is shiplap cladding; there are others to choose from if you do not like the finish of that wood. The outdoor timber used with decking can also be used for sheds as its resistance to the weather is outstanding.
If you want to make the most of your garden for a longer period of time, it may be the time to get a summer house. These ingenious inventions can be used during every season (despite the name) and make for a wonderful addition to your garden. Summer houses are like a grown-up version of a Wendy house. With a tiled or felted feature roof, windows and doors, they can be used for entertaining and relaxing or even as a craft room.
Currently with the world still working from home, a summerhouse is perfect for an outdoor office space. This is a chance to separate work and home life once again. Building your own summerhouse with outdoor timber means you can shape it to your design; it can be as big or small as you want it to be. Why not make it your own by adding decorative windows and doors? Once again, it is important to choose a wood that is highly resistant to the weather such as Ipe or Iroko.
A concept that has taken off in the past couple of years is an outdoor bar. Pubs and clubs have been closed for a while and when restrictions have allowed it, people have been partying in their back gardens. In the summer months, you don’t want to be going in and out of your kitchen to make drinks; an outdoor bar solves this issue. You can convert a shed or even build one from scratch. Many people choose to theme their bars and you can have fun matching it to your garden.
When building your outdoor bar and choosing your wood, consider the exposure of sunlight and whether it’ll need chemical treatment. Your bar shouldn’t become a chore and to some, having to treat the wood may seem like one. Don’t worry though, there are so many types of outdoor timber you can use to build your masterpiece that require minimal maintenance whilst still look just as good such as, Redwood, Cypress and Larch. These woods are resistant to rotting and work best on any exterior projects.
Main Things to Consider
As we’ve covered, each project can be completed with many different types of wood. The main properties of the outdoor timber you use are important. If you are looking for low maintenance but stunning wood, ensure the timber you choose is highly resistant to weather, insects and fungus.
It is important to note that all wood, no matter how resistant to the elements, needs some form of maintenance. You will need to do this every three months to keep it in good condition. You may need to paint your wood with a water-repellent finish that has UV protective coating in order to improve the resistance of the wood to sun exposure. This finish can be re-painted once every two years to ensure maximum protection.
Transforming your outdoor space can be expensive, however, it is entirely worth it to show off your stunning new garden when you have people over this summer. The materials you use need to withstand weather overtime. If you purchase your outdoor timber from a trusted supplier, you can guarantee you are getting the highest quality wood.
At Timber 2 U Direct, the online trading arm of leading UK timber importer and trader Brooks Bros LTD, we can provide a selection of premium made-to-measure timber for your next garden project. We have many types of timber to choose from. You can order your materials in the exact dimensions, profile and timber species you need, and we will deliver right to your doorstep. If you need outdoor timber, contact us today!