HIT THE DECK!

FOR THIS COUPLE, RE­PLAC­ING AN OLD DECK AND PAVERS WITH A MOD­ERN AL­TER­NA­TIVE MEANT LESS UP­KEEP AND MORE DOWN­TIME

Better Homes and Gardens (Australia) - - November Contents - *When cor­rectly in­stalled and main­tained. ©2017 Copy­right James Hardie Aus­tralia Pty Ltd, ABN 12 084 635 558. ™ and ® de­notes a trade­mark and reg­is­tered mark owned by James Hardie Tech­nol­ogy Limited.

Bris­bane couple Tim and Julie’s two-storey home in the leafy sub­urb of Mid­dle Park is an en­ter­tainer’s par­adise. Lo­cated be­side the Mcleod pri­vate golf course, its lav­ish out­door en­ter­tain­ing and pool area flow to na­tive gar­dens and an ex­pan­sive lawn. But ev­ery home needs main­te­nance, so when it came time to up­grade some of the more high-traf­fic ar­eas ear­lier this year, Tim and Julie com­mis­sioned build­ing con­trac­tor Ox­ford Con­struc­tion and De­vel­op­ment to re­place their home’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing wooden front steps and paved pool deck. Their brief was to find a so­lu­tion which was low main­te­nance, re­sis­tant to mois­ture da­m­age, long last­ing and aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing. Cue Hardiedeck™.

SAFETY FIRST

The project’s tim­ing was partly due to safety con­cerns, ac­cord­ing to Tim. “The paved deck around the pool had be­come un­even un­der­foot, and it was time to re­place the timber steps at the front of the house, as the wood was rot­ting. Re-stain­ing them had be­come a chore we were hav­ing to do at least twice a year, to keep on top of sun and mois­ture da­m­age,” he says.

A BET­TER AL­TER­NA­TIVE

Al­though fans of the tra­di­tional timber deck, the couple were un­cer­tain about the prospect of re­plac­ing their sec­tion

“Af­ter see­ing the Hardiedeck™ stained in a timber fin­ish at the Build and De­sign Cen­tre, I knew in­stantly this was the deck I wanted

of pav­ing stones with an at­trac­tive but high­main­te­nance wooden deck.

This led them to choose Hardiedeck. Re­sis­tant to da­m­age from ter­mites and mois­ture, able to be used in high bush­fire at­tack zones and splin­ter free, Hardiedeck is a fi­bre ce­ment-based, durable, low­main­te­nance al­ter­na­tive to timber.*

It was the prospect of low main­te­nance that caught the couple’s eye when they were shop­ping around for op­tions, ac­cord­ing to Julie. “Af­ter see­ing the Hardiedeck stained in a timber fin­ish at the Build and De­sign Cen­tre, I knew this was the deck I wanted,” she says.

IN­STAL­LA­TION CHAL­LENGES

A re­quest to keep to the ex­ist­ing size and de­sign of the deck and steps meant the Ox­ford Con­struc­tion team had to cre­ate a timber look that also ac­com­mo­dated a curved sec­tion in the deck over­look­ing the pool. “This was one of the rea­sons we chose Hardiedeck, as it is per­fectly suited for pool ar­eas,” Tim notes.

Cabots stain was used to give the boards the tra­di­tional timber ap­pear­ance that Tim and Julie wanted, mi­nus the seem­ingly con­stant need for up­keep.

PIC­TURE PER­FECT RE­SULTS

Now fin­ished and ready in time for sum­mer, Tim says he and Julie are sit­ting pretty and will be for many years to come. “We’re rapt at the way our choice of Hardiedeck and build­ing ser­vices came to­gether to re-do our out­door area. Now there’s less up­keep and more time to re­lax and en­joy for us!”

STAIN FOR A WOOD GRAIN FIN­ISH, OR PER­FECTLY MATCH IT TO YOUR PAINT COLOUR

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