DesignBoard Composite Decking – 2019 in review
We love our DesignBoard contemporary decking, and this year has opened our eyes even wider to the potential of these versatile deck boards. Throughout 2019, with the help of the talented landscapers and designers who have incorporated it into their garden projects, we’ve seen some excellent decking ideas, along with some innovative applications.
First up, the shows. The year took off with a bang with DesignBoard decking boards in the Greenfingers Charity Garden at RHS Chelsea. Kate Gould won Silver Gilt for a design that, not only used DesignBoard for decking, but also as cladding. In fact, she found that the decking planks were the only solution to an awkward area with angles.
At RHS Chatsworth the following month, Rae Wilkinson pulled off a hat-trick with Space Within, a small garden that used DesignBoard Luna, our ever popular grey composite decking. She won Gold, Best in Category and People’s Choice.
Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival took place a month later and DesignBoard’s place on the spacious stand of Garden House Design underlined the importance of our relationship with the partners who supply our product around the UK, as well as showing how smart it looks in an outdoor dining area.
Exciting events filled the calendar
There were plenty of other shows in the diary too. In April we attended our first Home Building and Renovating Show of the year, followed by Grand Designs Live and Gardeners’ World Live, where Lucy Bravington gained Platinum, the show’s highest award, for a design that used DesignBoard Charcoal as cladding to complement the linearity of the layout. We’ve also had our signature stand at Build It Live and Futurescape.
Each show has its own character – Futurescape is a construction and horticulture industry event and Build It Live is for home builders – but each has given us a chance to hear the deck ideas of potential customers, explain our composite decking features and gain feedback. It’s also given us the enormous pleasure of looking at actual plans brought to us by home-builders and designers and helping with suggestions as to how to achieve their vision.
Indeed, it’s talking to our customers that really drives our development of DesignBoard. In the past year, we introduced a new, more comprehensive Product Guide, which illustrates each likely scenario of garden decking installation in easy stages and gives tips on how to create the best finish. As we wrote last week, you can now also buy DesignBoard composite decking online at your convenience.
Enhanced product training
We’ve also launched our Colour Match Screws, for the few specific design situations when they’re a useful helpmate to the speedy clipping system.
Finally, we’ve made it easier for you to find out more about our contemporary decking. New displays at London Stone showrooms around the M25 and in North London and Farnham, Surrey, allow you to handle the composite decking and match it easily with other materials, while the appointment of Antony Pasquini as DesignBoard General Manager gives you a single point of contact for information that’s directly pertinent to your outdoor decking ideas.
It’s just over two years since DesignBoard launched, and there’s still no composite decking like it on the market. It looks natural and contemporary at the same time, which means you can incorporate it into so many different designs. We’re planning further developments in 2020, and we’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, contact us for more information and free samples, and we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.