Emma Sleep

Bonnie’s backyard before and our plans

Supported by Trex

Over the past few months we’ve been busy renovating Bonnie’s house and while our focus has predominately been inside, with the weather now warming up we’re shifting our focus to outside.

Here you can see Bonnie’s backyard — it’s a huge space that has loads of potential.

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Bonnie's backyard
Bonnie’s backyard
Other corner of Bonnie's backyard
Other corner of Bonnie’s backyard

Plans for outside

Bonnie’ has a long wish list out here, including:

  • fully enclosed outdoor deck for entertaining with ceiling fans, heaters and more, which can be used year round
  • fire pit area with seating around
  • raised vegetable gardens, and
  • a deck or landing by the sliding door.

While it would be nice to do all this at once, the renovations to date have already stretched the budget. So we’ve had to prioritise our approach.

At the moment, Bonnie’s dining area is constantly getting dirty with dirt and grass from the backyard. So installing a small open deck that extends from the dining area is the first priority.

This new deck would be 3m by 5.4m — large enough for an outdoor dining table and some relaxed seating.

The area we will build the deck
The area we will build the deck

Deciding on the decking material

As the deck will be fully exposed to the elements, it’s important we get the material right. In Canberra, we get extreme weather — up to minus 10 degrees during winter and over 40 degrees in summer.

Bonnie loves the look and feel of natural timber (which would flow well from the interiors) but not the idea of constant sanding, staining and other maintenance that’s required.

This made us consider a raised concrete slab with pavers or tiles instead. But these materials are hard and this area really needs a softer material, given there is little vegetation out here. Also, eventually Bonnie plans to extend the house to add extra bedrooms and an ensuite. So a concrete slab would be difficult to remove or alter if needed.

After more research, we discovered Trex decking — a material that looks just like timber but is made from 95% recycled and reclaimed materials. Best of all, it’s very low maintenance. We loved the look of the ‘Transcend decking collection’. There are 8 colours in the collection ranging from brown, red, oak and grey tones.

Transcend decking by Trex
Transcend decking by Trex

While the upfront cost of this material is slightly higher than timber, there are big long-term cost savings. Because the deck is fade, stain, scratch and mould resistant, it doesn’t have ongoing sanding and staining costs. It even comes with a 25-year limited residential fade and stain warranty.

The most appealing aspect of it for Bonnie though is that it’s hassle free. The only ‘maintenance’ she’ll ever have to do is an occasional clean with soap and water.

The environmental benefits were also appealing. It’s nice to know that a tree has never been cut down to make this material. Actually, Trex helps to keep wood and plastic waste out of landfills.

Stay tuned as we install this new deck at Bonnie’s house. Do you have any questions about Trex decking we didn’t answer? Post a comment below and we’ll get back to you asap.

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Transcend deck in 'Island mist' colour
Transcend deck in ‘Island mist’ colour
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