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Commercial Decking Design and Installation

The formality that decking brings to the majority of terrace installations is simplicity. A decking structure is one of the most adaptable surfaces which is able to cope with multiple changes in elevation, solve problems and keep commercial costs at a sensible level.

Karl Harrison has been designing decking structures and has been working with the construction of raised timber platforms since 2003. Often found presenting CPD’s to Architects and other Designers, writing copy for trade…


Added by Karl Harrison on August 6, 2019 at 11:38 — No Comments

What is Shou Sugi Ban ® charred timber cladding

What is Shou Sugi Ban ®... Manufactured in the UK not Japan...

Our exploration started around 2004 in a garden in Amersham, the smoke soared, the flames roared, the neighbours were annoyed and the street was covered in a dusting of black carbon. By design, by chance or a stroke of genius Shou-Sugi-Ban had been born in the UK.

There was nothing on the internet, we had barely just…


Added by Karl Harrison on March 5, 2019 at 9:00 — No Comments

Choosing the right Hardwood Decking

Choosing the right decking or even getting the right advice may be a daunting task made very simple if you ask the right person the right questions. Yes one can propose additional works to your contractor or builder but this seldom proves the right choice... who has designed it, who has calculated the imposed loads for its intended use - is it cantilevered, if so, how much... is it safe... ? Which hardwood timber is best? Cheap is normally an indicator of a quick job that will won't…


Added by Karl Harrison on April 13, 2017 at 12:04 — No Comments

Accoya Shou Sugi Ban by James Latham at the Surface Design Show 2017

Show Sugi Ban is being presented by the Timber Merchants James Latham at this years Surface Design Show.

Register for your Free entrance tickets here... to see the Latest products by …


Added by Karl Harrison on February 6, 2017 at 11:21 — No Comments

10% off when you visit us...

10% off when you visit our new showroom at the Sky House Design Centre. Use code #skyhouse10 during your visit. Show casing our Porcelain tiles for inside and out, Engineered wooden flooring, Luxury Hardwood Decking and Shou Sugi Ban. Open Monday to Friday 8 am – 5 pm and Saturdays by appointment only. We're located at Sky House, Raans Road, Amersham, Bucks, HP6 6JQ. Our new phone number is 01494 291 033 or please email me …


Added by Venetia Harrison on July 21, 2016 at 10:17 — No Comments

Are Porcelain Tiles Easy to Maintain?

Porcelain tiles are becoming an increasingly popular choice for decoration both inside and outside of the home. There are several advantages in regards to porcelain when compared with other substances such as ceramic, stone or wood. However, one of the most pronounced benefits is that porcelain is extremely easy to clean and maintain. This is…


Added by Nina Robinson on April 22, 2016 at 15:43 — No Comments

What are the benefits of installing a garden room?

Over the last decade, more people in the UK have been installing garden rooms. They are simply home extensions and are made to offer free space from the main house. Simply put, they extent inside your garden. These facilities can be used for various functions depending on the owner’s preference. Most people use them as place to entertain outdoors while others use them…


Added by Nina Robinson on April 22, 2016 at 15:30 — No Comments

Does Composite Decking Need to be Spaced and Sealed?

Composite decking is a popular choice for a stylish and hard-wearing garden deck, as it combines the attractive, natural look of wood with the durability and low-maintenance of a manufactured material. If you're considering laying a composite deck, it's important to think about the ways the material differs from normal wood. Importantly, does it need to be spaced and sealed in the same way? Here's what you need to know.…


Added by Nina Robinson on April 22, 2016 at 14:59 — No Comments

A garden balustrade solution

This week we have been creative in designing a garden balustrade solution for an extension project utilising our newly introduced edge mounted mini post balustrade system.

The customer is in…


Added by Elite Outdoor Living on April 14, 2016 at 9:50 — No Comments

Seasonal Care and Maintenance for Your Decking in London

Decking installation in London properties has been gaining enormous popularity lately and this is certainly not without a reason. Unlike a patio, it doesn't require hard landscaping or the use of materials such as stone or cement, yet it can make the…


Added by Theodore Beasley on February 23, 2016 at 11:39 — No Comments

Biophilic Bedroom Design by Oliver Heath using Shou Sugi Ban.

I’d love to sleep in this Bedroom set designed by Oliver Heath and sponsored by Interface Hospitality. Oliver and I met at the show and he talked me through his ideas and re-search…


Added by Venetia Harrison on December 2, 2015 at 14:26 — No Comments

Decking Balustrade Options

A balustrade makes the perfect finishing touch to any decked area. There are a number of different balustrade systems on the market, but broadly speaking, the most popular options seem to be wood and glass/metal.

Which is the better of these two choices? It all depends on the effect that you're aiming to achieve.

Glass Balustrade 7

glass balustrade…


Added by Sian Lewis on November 20, 2015 at 12:45 — No Comments

Composite Decking around 2 sides of the property

Our design of the week is two sections of Resortdeck Composite Decking to be built flushed to the large windows surrounding two sides of the property.

The customer required a decking area for their outdoor living space which surrounds two sides of the property. With a number of large windows in place we designed the decking to be installed flushed to the bottom level of the windows creating a uniform look throughout.…


Added by Elite Outdoor Living on November 18, 2015 at 15:17 — No Comments

Steton Thicknesser planer 530 i for sale

 I have a brilliant heavy duty Thicknesser Planer made by Steton. We bought it off the Wood working shop next door to us when they closed down.

We thought we would have use for it but not really something we use... We did have the whole thing overhauled, and spent over £1000 having a full service, new gear box, motor, digital; read out.... a long list never the less.

This would be perfect in your workshop and much cheaper than the new machine at well over…


Added by Karl Harrison on November 3, 2015 at 15:16 — No Comments

Elite Outdoor Living Triumphs at 2015 Chamber Awards

SMUK Solutions is celebrating after being crowned North West Small Business of the Year in the regional heats of the National Chamber Awards 2015.

The Chamber Awards, now in its 12th year, are a highlight of the business calendar, showcasing the pivotal role that local businesses play in the UK’s continuing growth…


Added by Elite Outdoor Living on October 6, 2015 at 10:00 — No Comments

Futurescape Event 2015

FutureScape will be opening its doors to the landscaping industry on Tuesday 17th November at Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey. The event is a must for landscapers, designers and architects throughout the…


Added by Venetia Harrison on September 16, 2015 at 8:48 — No Comments

Hardwood Cladding by Exterpark

Crisp lines and interesting shapes in this contemporary design of a Japanese building. The Architects choice of Cumaru is initially a stark contrast against the background of…


Added by Venetia Harrison on September 16, 2015 at 8:19 — No Comments

The only solution globally to offer a complete deck over membrane system


There are a number of solutions in the market for installing a deck over a waterproof membrane and all vary in cost and effectiveness. It is very important to take the time to carry out some research…


Added by Elite Outdoor Living on September 15, 2015 at 13:22 — No Comments

Balcony Transformation Using Composite Decking and Glass Balustrade


Location: London, UK

Products: QWICKBUILD Sub-Structure

RESORTDECK Composite Decking

Frameless Glass Balustrade



Added by Elite Outdoor Living on August 14, 2015 at 13:00 — No Comments

Millboard Decking comes to Australia!

We are excited to announce that Millboard Composite Decking is now available in Australia!

To celebrate we have launched a new Australian website where you can keep up to date with the latest aussie Millboard projects including several major public works like the beautiful installation below.…


Added by Joshua G on August 7, 2015 at 3:25 — No Comments

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