Design Inspiration

Lifestyle Garden’s Creative Use of DesignBoard In The Garden

For this garden by Gavin Lee Ellison of Surrey-based Lifestyle Gardens, DesignBoard composite decking is one of a range of materials used creatively to provide a coherent design that links all the areas together.

Gavin’s finished garden. Low maintenance with great aesthetics

Not only does DesignBoard feature on the summerhouse patio, but also in the “pontoon”-style step down from the house and the floating bench that divides the raised beds along the east-facing side of the garden – just right for morning coffee.

It’s an ideal demonstration of the versatility of DesignBoard, which cuts just like timber. For the step and the patio Gavin laid down a timber frame, built to last. “I used a treated timber frame, guaranteed for fifteen years, and I also waterproofed it with bitumen paint – all belt and braces.” That wood won’t be deteriorating any time soon.

He then attached the composite decking boards using DesignBoard’s unique hidden fixing system. “It’s good – exactly as it should be. The clips don’t bend or twist the way some do, and they give the exact tolerances that you need between the boards. They’re simple. I couldn’t praise them enough.”

DesignBoard Mocha provides the base of an inviting, relaxed seating area

However, for the bench he chose surface fixings to fix the deck boards to the subframe – screws, rather than the hidden clips. “With visible screwheads,” he explains, “it makes it look like hardwood.” Alongside varnishing both the DesignBoard and the wooden frame around the feature trellis, this was a clever touch to marry the materials into a simple, unified design.

Gavin chose DesignBoard Mocha, a warm mid-brown. “It matches the theme of the garden and is a natural-looking product,” says Gavin, who used with the UC4 redwood slatted fencing which made up most of the 3000 linear metres of timber used in the garden.

Light grey porcelain creates an intriguing textural combination with the mocha tones of the DesighnBoard

It offers a mellow contrast to the light grey Porcelain paving used on the dining area where the late evening sunshine also catches the feature wall of Dark Steel DesignClad, also available from London Stone.

All in all, Gavin’s design really shows how you think creatively and put your own stamp on designs with our contemporary deck boards. Contact us for free samples of our full range of DesignBoard composite decking and to discuss how you’d like to feature it in your next garden design.