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Discussion in 'Renovation & Home Improvement' started by albanga, 15th May, 2016.

  1. albanga

    albanga Well-Known Member

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    Hi All,

    I am in the final stages of selection in my PPOR building process and given we are building a hamptons style home I am considering going a white(ish) deck.
    The deck is also only 2850mm wide with 1700mm high privacy screens due to council regulations so I am also quite keen to try and lighten the space to give it a larger sense of space.
    The deck is exposed to the elements.

    My current build quote is for a merbau deck but not sure this can be used.

    Obviously I will speak to my builder about this but thought I would get some feedback from my PC friends first. What would you recommend in terms of timber?
    Also any thoughts on this? Pros and Cons to this idea?

    I took a quick look on Houzz and thought maybe something like:
    My Houzz: Iris Dankner - Traditional - Deck - new york - by Rikki Snyder

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Rolf Latham

    Rolf Latham Inciteful (sic) Staff Member Business Plus Member

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    treated pine

    no point spending on hard wood- coz u will lime or paint it

    cabots deck paint in a white

    very durable

    does need a weekly mop tough

    ta

    rolf
     
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  3. Jess Peletier

    Jess Peletier Mortgage Broker - Australia Wide Business Member

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    A white wash/lime wash will be better than painted deck as it won't show scratches the way a full white paint will. The deck in that link is gorgeous.
     
  4. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    Check out the new Hardie Deck. We are going to use this in our PPOR which is somewhat Hamptons style too

    You can leave it the colour it is, but I wouldn't in your case, stain it or paint it. Would look nice painted for you or a nice pale grey.

    It's very very very low maintenance

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    If you want a more woody look then there are some great composite timber decks. It will cost more but the maintenance is a lot less.
     
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    Gockie I'm an ISTP-A female, so I might be a bit quirky! Premium Member

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  6. Scott No Mates

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    Hardwood for durability (you will need to treat it to stop the tanins)

    Treated pine - cheaper alternative, softer material, how long do you want it to last?
     
  7. albanga

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    Wow, thanks for all the great responses!
    My wife and I absolutely love the photo as well, and we also have bi-fold windows coming from the kitchen that open up to a serving bar which we think will look magical, especially since my wife has chosen the most expensive caesar there is! 5031 Statuario Maximus™ by Caesarstone

    Given the house style it naturally attracts a high price tag on EVERY finish :(
    So if I can save costs on my deck and patio it would be very welcomed!

    I should have also noted and not sure this changes opinion but half the deck is exposed to the north sun (higher traffic area) whilst the other half is under a roof, I imagine on a painted deck this could have a different look overtime?

    @Scott No Mates - Obviously I would like it to last as long as possible. Realistically this is a 10 year home.

    @Westminster that looks fantastic and given I am not overly handy, low maintenance would be welcomed. How does the Hardie Deck price up against Merbau and then the cheaper alternative being treated pine?

    The total size is:
    Rear Deck = 20m2
    Front Patio = 8m2
     
  8. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    This is probably unhelpful (as it was to me) but so far I've been quoted $8k and $16k for 35sqm.

    We are low maintenance people but love the look. So we are having porcelain wood tiles, all our verandah posts are steel, there is no glass shower screens in the house etc etc

    That new caesarstone is lovely! It will look amazing
     
  9. Gockie

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    If you choose to go with wood the part that is exposed will wear a lot more simply just from weathering from rain. My deck (painted green) didn't fade with the exposure but the exposed wood did wear a lot more.
    So I think either go with the hardwood or choose the wood look tiles if you want it to last.
     
  10. albanga

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    Thanks @Westminster and @Gockie for your feedback.

    Given I am unsure of the value of the deck and patio on our build I am unsure how that cost stacks up? It does sound reasonable though.

    Tiles is an interesting proposition. I am building on a slope though so the deck sits around 1400mm high from ground level at the highest point and about 800mm at the lowest.
    How would tile work here? Is it still possible?
     
  11. Westminster

    Westminster Tigress at Tiger Developments Business Member

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    Being raised I don't think tiling would look good - you'd have to lay it over fibre cement board and I think it would just end up looking weird.

    One of my favourite blogs was this photographer who built a Hamptons style home in Melbourne. I love most of it except for the clash between the island bench wood and the floor wood

    Our Forever Home
     
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  12. albanga

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    I spoke to my builder yesterday and he said tiles would not be a good option and would be likely more expensive.
    He has not worked with the Hardie board before so is doing some research and will get back to me on that. I will be sure to update this thread with the findings.

    I will also start a thread when construction starts and be sure to show pictures of it coming along.
     
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  13. Scott No Mates

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    Joists at 450mm with 9mm compressed fibro or 600 mm with 12mm fibro
    1-2% grade
    Waterproofing
    Direct stick tile on the floor.
    Ensure that you have adequate expansion joints.