Dallington Terrace Tropical Terrace, London
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Level upIn cities where garden space is limited, a flat roof is the perfect place to create your own summer paradise. And a built-in alfresco hot tub has to be the ultimate wind-down, especially surrounded by a flat surface big enough for an ice bucket and wine glass…
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Take the party outsideEncourage guests to spill out onto a patio or terrace by creating an inviting seating area. Add plenty of cushions to benches and chairs and, if you don’t have garden lights, dot the area with fairy lights and candles. Draping fabric over a seating area will create a soft, inviting mood. TELL US...What are your best tips for styling a great gathering? Share yours in the Comments.
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Consider low-level illuminationThis decked patio area with built-in seating is luxurious enough on its own, but the subtle wash of horizontal lighting at ground level adds an extra special touch, and will ensure no one ever trips up in the dark.
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How can we build a good working relationship?Communication is key. Keep talking to your builder about what you would like to achieve, what has worked and what hasn’t. If the relationship does sour, consider bringing in a third party to manage the project. ‘An architect can explain to the contractor what you would like to do, inspect on site and issue an architect’s instruction if a variation on the original contract is proposed,’ says Sam Thornell.Which questions did you ask your builder? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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Introduce the unexpectedThis London terrace has real star quality thanks to feature lighting, stepped levels and a shimmering silver canopy above the outdoor sofa. LED strip lights have been concealed underneath the overhang of each step to cast a warm glow and highlight the changing levels. It’s an effective idea that would be easy to recreate in most city gardens. The canopy is a little more dramatic; the designer used 4km of stainless-steel ball chains to create the shimmering cascade. A length of muslin or linen would be an alternative way to achieve a draped effect.Have you designed a small city terrace or balcony? Share it with us in the Comments below.
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Take measurementsThe next step is to measure the area you’re aiming to deck to work out how many square metres of timber you’ll need. For square or rectangular areas, simply measure the length and depth of the space and multiply the two numbers together. “For areas involving other shapes or curves, it’s a bit more complicated,” says James Napier of Gripsure. “For these, it’s helpful to break the overall space into individual shapes, and work out the area of each before adding them all together at the end.”Once you’ve measured the space, you need to work out how much extra timber you’ll need for any cutting and shaping. “The amount allowed will vary, depending on the complexity of the design and the amount of cuts required, but as a general guide, most suppliers suggest between five to 10 per cent,” advises Napier. “If in doubt, it’s always worth sending a drawing over to your supplier to get a second opinion.”The TDCA’s deck calculator (available as an app) helps you to work out how much timber you need for a given size and shape of deck. It also estimates how many fixings you’ll need, plus, if you plan to coat the deck, how much coating product to get.
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Take it outsideIt’s not hard to give a garden atmosphere with lighting after dark – illuminated foliage isn’t fussy and will simply look lovely with a few uplighters.However, using light to zone off an area like this comfy outdoor lounging spot requires skilled designing to get the effect just right. On the decked steps and bench, each layer slightly overhangs the area beneath it (a bit like the wall panel in the earlier photo), thus allowing space to tuck in an outdoor-suitable LED strip.You may not have an area like this, but is there a bench or a dining area or a pergola that would look good highlighted like this? Ask a professional to come have a look and give you some options.