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The Deck, A Green Space In The Heart Of The House

A deck is an outdoor space at the heart of the house. A living space, the deck can be landscaped and vegetated to become a real oasis.

A deck is an outdoor space located in the heart of a home. Particularly pleasant, the deck is a living space that allows you to garden, to receive friends or family, or to relax. What is the origin of the deck? How to organize this unique space? Here is all you need to know.

What is the origin of the deck?

The deck has existed since Antiquity. Originally, it took the form of a closed courtyard located inside the houses. Very popular with the Greeks and Romans who popularized it, the deck is still very common today in Arab and Mediterranean countries. There are different types of deck.

  • The Moroccan deck is a cool space reminiscent of riads. Shaded and equipped with a fountain, it takes on light colors and dense vegetation. Used as a relaxation area, it is furnished with outdoor lounges.
  • The Spanish deck is an enclosed courtyard surrounded by an arcade reminiscent of ancient haciendas. Very vegetated, this oasis of freshness allows you to relax when the outside temperatures are too high.

Most often, the deck is a square, closed space. Located in the heart of a house, this skylight sometimes serves as a garden. In cooler regions, the deck remains a privileged space that can be covered by a bay window. This protects against bad weather and makes it possible to create a winter garden.

What coating for the floor of a deck?

Like a terrace, the deck floor must be equipped with a solid coating, resistant to rain and frost. Here are the different coatings you can choose from.

  • The wood is available in the form of slats or planks, such as a parquet floor, or slatted floors. It is important to choose a durable wood suitable for the outdoor environment (treated wood, exotic wood)
  • Paving is both an aesthetic and a practical solution. Easy to maintain and durable, it adapts to your decorative desires.
  • Mosaic is the traditional coating, the one used for antique decks. Very aesthetic, it gives a lot of character to your interior courtyard.

How to arrange a deck?

For a deck to become a living space, it must have sufficient surface area. From 15 m², you can install tables, armchairs, or sofas. You can also add plants and flowers in pots or planters. If that is your choice, opt for species that appreciate the climate in your area. If your deck is smaller, it is still usable thanks to a well-thought-out layout and shelves that can accommodate plants. Also, remember to provide lighting in the form of wall lights or recessed spots that will magnify this space.

Dining area, relaxation area, or small garden, the deck is a living space in its own right, which sometimes allows you to enjoy larger and brighter accommodation. The layout of your deck is done according to your needs but also your desires!

Garden And Deck Decoration: Tips To Maintain Them

Having the deck and garden well-maintained generally results in you having to spend more time than it first appears. The reward is that you are very grateful to take good care of it. Cleaning the deck and garden means, among other things, having the drain grids clean of the land that the rain drags and deposits on them, not having branches or fallen leaves on the ground, that there are no spider webs on your plants, having tile joints with joint mortar in good condition. These are some of the many tasks you can do to keep it in good condition. 

 

A deck with a landscaped corner

 

This image conveys a deck with proper order and cleanliness. To get to this, you have to eliminate all those things that have been depositing in the yard, such as pots that have not had soil or plants for many years, disused bicycles, but that you have there for a day repair, cans of paint half-finished. By listing some of the possible objects that you may want to get rid of. In short, throw away what does not serve and order what can come to serve.

 

A soil without leaves

 

If you want to have a clean and neat corner like this, it is quite evident that you have to take a broom and dustpan and sweep it conscientiously, it is not worth the repeated phrase of it is not worth doing it thoroughly because it will re-fill with leaves right away. A thorough sweep involves not only removing fallen leaves but also branches, butts, plastic bottles, in short, a large number of elements that dirty and deteriorate your deck or garden.

 

Cleaning the deck flooring

 

When you consider that the day has come to thoroughly clean the flooring of the ceramic tiles in the deck, a task that you previously assigned to rainwater, you will have to take a root brush and use vinegar dissolved in the cleaning solution that you usually use and with the help of the brush, rubbing on the dirt will make it disappear.

 

Details are an important part of the whole

 

To get this lawn, before using the lawnmower, you have to pass a rake to remove the pebbles that may be lodged in it, and that can damage the machine. Once you have passed the mower, you have to go through the rake again to remove the grass or cut grass that the machine has not carried in its mower and has fallen to the ground. Just as you regularly clean inside your house, you should regularly clean it in your deck or garden. 

 

Safety equipment to clean the deck or garden

 

No doubt cleaning the exterior of the house is more arduous or heavy than cleaning the house’s interior. To clean the deck or garden, we will use a knife, a masonry, or painter’s spatula, chemical products for possible pests of mosquitoes, ants, or cockroaches. Not forgetting natural herbicides to eliminate weeds from taking root. Therefore it is advisable to use the appropriate safety equipment such as protective glasses if you are going to mow the lawn and gloves that will protect your hands from possible cuts. If you do not dare to do it, you can only resort to a gardener or expert’s help.