FIRE PIT AND LOCAL TIMBERS
THE LOCKDOWN DECKING UPDATE!
So! Id like to say it was a busy build up to Easter but it wasnt! After a year wet start to the year, we'd been looking forward to Spring and then BOOM - Covid 19 comes along as see's us all on lockdown. Builders merchants closed and that shut down the majority of trades in the UK Health and family comes first though so it was time to work on our own homes and gardens and for once 'The Builders' homes got finished! I built my own decking seating area sometime ago and over lock down its been a great space for sitting out with a craft beer or a glass of wine whilst chatting with the family and watching stars or 'Starlink' passing by in the evenings. Having a roaring fire makes a huge difference to how much time you can spend outside and really sets the mood.
The deck and seating area is made in Douglas-fir, another great home grown alternative to treated deck-boards or hardwood decking. the firepit is a combination of Granite and Beach stone, (I'm allowed to use beach stone as my house is built from it, in general its illegal to remove stones form beaches) Rhys at Celtic Masonry build the fire-pit for us
With closures of pubs and cafe bars I decided to use some left over wainey edged timber to knock up a bar as well, I think it finishes off the garden outdoor space quite well :-)
Here's a job we really enjoyed building, gain using timber and this time Larch we built this access and seating area on this soon to be converted barn near Tywyn in BrynCrug
The natural and durable timber really works well with the traditional old building. Larch as a timber is superbly hard wearing, a great colour whether stained to stay natural or left to go silver and best all grows in abundance in the UK. As an additional bonus it doesn't cost much more than treated timber form your local timber merchant so is also very affordable
Larch and Douglas-for are both great options for decking. Both are super strong and dry very hard which makes them very durable. Pricing is competitive and its great to use a product that hasn't been shipped half way around the globe! We have a lot of examples of work in these timbers and samples are always available Another great local option is home grown Cedar
Work wise now, it's the end of April and we are re-starting work part time this week where it's safe for us to work in isolation. Lucky for us we work in gardens! Our waiting list is delayed due to having had a month off the tools so please bare with us, but dont delay asking for a quote because we are as busy as ever
Thanks for taking a read and stay safe!