As you can see, I am improving the house with gardens...however, the front under deck, which is the walk out basement needs something done to it!! I dont like lattice work, that is not an
option. I though of some kind of "barn doors" that slide on a metal track to hide under deck, but still be functional. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Commented on Jun 22, 2012
Looking at that house makes me feel like I'm going to get sucked into that basement! Take the
focus off that space under the deck. I'd clad 3/4 of the front, under the deck with a horizontal timber slat screen (see picture attached but painted same color as house). I'd then wrap the stone work around the front of the timber slats and create a planter box in front for the other 1/4 filled with foliage texture planting.create access ways to suit. I think that would "sit" the house in a little better to the surrounds and refocus the attention back to the house. 'Class it all up' with some random stacked stairs on the left hand side ( similar to the attached) and square off that massive driveway!
DON'T - turn it into an outdoor room, unless you like sitting out the front on your driveway now.
Do - use what looks like a beautiful outlook to the rear of the property to create a private outdoor space to relax with friends and family without the whole neighborhood watching.
Tip of the day - build your outdoor room close to the internal kitchen - unless you have the funds to built a self contained outdoor one.
Finally finished the first coat of Restore Deck Armour on our deck that was built in 1983. Over the years it has had a few cleanings and some stain, but has mostly been neglected. I did
not pressure wash, but used Olympic deck cleaner and a good scrub brush. I also replaced 12 ea. Kiln Dried PT 2 X 6 boards.....(which I bought at Lummus Supply at the same price, without the special order freight charges from the 2 big boxes in town).
All in all I'm happy with the results of the first coat, and will add the 2nd coat in about 2 months (at 800 SF, I need a break). More important, my wife was happy with the results.
Here are a few before and after photos', and a few comments based on my experience:
It may have been the age and condition of the deck, but I had to add 20% to their stated coverage rate of 2 gallons per 100 SF.
The honeycomb roller does leave a nice texture finish....but it's not as easy as their video show....and a fully loaded roller does cover only the 5 -7 SF as stated. So have patients and allow plenty of time......it's not like rolling out paint or stain.
The matching Solid Stain offers great coverage, but it is expensive.
And most of all, what they don't tell you is that this finish absorbs heat and it is hot as hell in direct sun light on bare feet....as my wife discovered.
So if you try it, have fun....I'm sure you will like the results
Commented on Jun 21, 2012
Well done Gary, looks like new. Can't believe it's nearly 30 years old!
This was a new concept display village for Sekisui House (SH), a new home builder in the Australian market place but one of the worlds largest builders. It was the first village done by
SH in the new Aurora style range, a style that is 100% Japanese in origin, adapted to the Australian environment of course.
This project was to completed in 2 months but was delayed by 4 weeks with over 46 days of rain during construction!!
Life Outside Pty Ltd was the landscape contractor for the project, taking care of fencing, turf, gardens, decks, pergolas, screens & paving.
Do's & Don'ts for the project.....
Do - plan well, fail to plan & you plan to fail. Projects like these need a huge amount of planning and co-ordination. Get a PROFESSIONAL team behind you.
Don'ts - Huge lessons were learned about working through extreme periods of rain. We pushed on through the rain as hard as we could to try and help SH meet deadlines, but in hindsight, it's sometimes worth just leaving the project in such extreme weather events until the site can dry out. Working through the rain made things twice as hard as they had to be and many tasks were performed 2-3 times due to the clean-up required.
We love the quality of finish that was achieved under such difficult circumstances. The great use of timber and bamboo created a real feeling of warmth and quality. The village itself is a breath of fresh air taking full advantage of the light, innovative materials and inspirational viewpoints. A huge credit to Sekisui House and their revolutionary clean, sustainable building techniques.
For more information, check us out at www.lifeoutside.com.au , or on utube http://www.youtube.com/user/Sydneylandscaper... and don't forget to give us the thumbs up on Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/Life-Outside-...) for the latest on new and exciting projects in the pipe.
Commented on Jun 21, 2012
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