One way of expanding your living space without going to the expense of building a conservatory or other extension is to build a patio with wooden decking. It is true that you can only make use of wooden decking in fine weather, but it is a much cheaper way of extending your home, and once decorated with ornamental pots full of colourful plants, it makes a very agreeable entertainment area. Whereas a patio with a deck is usually built adjoining the home, it is possible to locate it in a favorable spot elsewhere in the garden where it can get lots of sun, or, if it is your wish, shade. But for practical purposes, most deck designs call for decks to be attached to the back or the side of the house. Such decks often serve as an extension to the dining room or entertainment area
Wooden decking allows you to maximize your outdoor living space by giving you a peaceful setting for entertaining and leisure time. The design of your wooden decking is going to be influenced by a couple of things, what you want to do with it and how you want it to complement the remainder of the property. Building a deck on the South side could reduce your exposure to direct sunlight, so sunbathing on the deck would be out of the question. Similarly a deck built on the North side may expose you to extreme Summer heat. This can be overcome by a little clever landscaping – trees and shrubs can be so placed to provide welcome shade in Summer and at the same time act as wind breaks in Winter.