Trex Composite Decking: How to Create a Stunning Garden Space

The great Monty Don said – “A garden is not a place. It’s a journey” and I couldn’t agree more. I love having different zones in the garden, so I was thrilled when I got to work with Trex and install Trex Composite Decking in our garden.

Our old garden was no more than a large patio. It had rotting decking that was falling to pieces and a tiny little paved area at the back which only got the sun in the summer.

There was a huge double garage to the right of the garden and a double drive leading up to it. With our garden being north-facing, both the garage and the drive sat in prime position, taking up all the sunshine.

estate agent photos of the back of our house with patio doors, black decking and lots of plants
These were the estate agent photos and the decking looked fresh and new
estate agents photo of the garden with black decking and lots of plants
The garden was mainly decked with a little paved courtyard at the end. The double garage and drive took over most of the space
double garage and driveway
The large double garage and driveway. This is where all the sun shines throughout the day, so it was in a prime spot!
decking looking worse for wear with plants climbing up the garage wall
The reality was the decking had become rotten and broken in a lot of places
double garage
And pulled down the huge double garage when we started the extension

We decided that we wanted to extend our house at the back to provide a larger kitchen diner and this meant that the garage had to come down to make way for it.

There was an odd patio in between the previous downstairs toilet, dining room, and garage which never saw daylight and became a bit of a dumping ground. We knocked down the garage and reclaimed the double drive, building a brick wall around it.

This doubled the size of our garden and we could already see how much light and sun the new space was bathed in. 

floor plans of our new house renovations
Our house renovation plans

We ripped up all the old decking and were left with a blank canvas in the garden.

We live on the beach and our house and garden are literally built on top of shingle. We left the garden like this for nearly 8 months and nothing grew back!

double garage knocked down and new renovations started
The garage has gone. You can see where the little courtyard was, it sat between the garage wall (with a tiny bit still standing to the left) and the house. A bit pointless!
garden levelled and all plants dug up
The garden doubled in size when we took down the garage and drive

Is Garden Decking a Good Idea?

When I designed the back of the house, I knew immediately that I wanted decking to run straight from the kitchen. I love biophilic design and how you can integrate the outdoors into your home, making it feel seamless.

I wanted to be able to open our bifold doors and the garden becomes an extension of our home. Decking is the perfect way to achieve this look. I also love zoning the garden as we love to entertain.

By having different zones, you can have seating for a morning coffee, a dining space to eat your BBQ food, plenty of plants and grass to provide a pleasing aesthetic to the eye, and an area for an outdoor room/ hot tub/ garden kitchen!

I like my garden to be like my house. Lots of nature, texture, and plenty of details to make the space interesting and easy on the eye.

garden with gravel, eucalyptus trees, festoon lights and lanterns
I loved this cozy corner of our garden in our old house

I started researching decking and straight away, I knew I wanted Trex Composite Decking. We have had decking made from wood in the past and it never got through winter unscathed.

Every year we would have to jet wash, scrub, and repaint the decking and no matter how hard we worked on it, it would look a little more shabby every year.

What is the Best Garden Decking

After doing some research on what is the best decking for outdoors, it became apparent quite quickly that composite materials are the best for your garden decking.

It combines natural materials like wood and recycled materials like plastic to form a solid and extremely durable deck.

Why Trex Composite Decking?

Trex composite decking isn’t any ordinary decking. Trex composite decking is a man-made product made up of wood fibers, plastics, and bonding agents and needs far less maintenance than traditional wood decking.

As Trex explains on its website –

  • Trex composite decking boards will not rot, warp or splinter
  • It won’t need seasonal painting, sealing or staining
  • Fade or stain
  • Become food for woodworm
  • Contribute to deforestation
anthracite grey decking in a lake house
Trex composite decking in Foggy Wharf. Image credit: Trex

Trex Composite Decking is a Green Deck

Another reason why I knew I wanted Trex Composite Decking was because of its green credentials. The decking is made from 95% of reclaimed timber and plastic products and saves up to 800 million pounds of recycled plastic film diverted from landfills in the US alone.

Choosing our Trex Composite Decking Product

We have anthracite grey bi-folds and doors and eventually, we are going to clad the top of our house in a dark grey color. I wanted the decking to work seamlessly with the house so I looked at their darker products.

We looked at the Trex Composite Decking Enhance Basics Clam Shell and Enhance Naturals Calm Water and decided to go with the Calm Water. This shade would look perfect against our house and create a stylish corner to our garden.

trex decking being delivered
The Trex Enhance Naturals Calm Water composite decking arriving at our house
It has a beautiful wood grain effect making it look authentic

How to Purchase Trex Composite Decking

You can go to the Trex website and find stockists. Personally, I prefer to leave this kind of project to the professionals so we went with a TrexPRO installer – SB Decking via Arbordeck. I can’t even begin to imagine how we would have approached installing the decking on our own.

I love a bit of DIY but this was definitely something out of our comfort zone.

How to Install Composite Decking

Sam from SB Decking turned up on an unseasonably wet and cold May day. We just had the back of our house rendered and our garden was more or less a building site, so it was the perfect canvas for them to start the decking installation.

The house being rendered

They had to build a frame first to fit the decking onto as our house is raised by about half a meter from the garden.

Initially, I wanted the decking to be level with the garden, but Sam made me see sense and we went for the Trex composite decking leading straight from the bi-folds so you could step straight out onto it.

holes dug to put in decking poles
Digging holes to put in the poles that will hold the frame
decking frame going down
Attaching the frame
decking frame going down
Trex composite decking starting to take shape
decking frame along the back of the house
The decking without the step

Once the frame was in place, they were able to put the Trex Composite Decking on top. We decided to have it across the full length of the house and up to the dividing wall on the right.

This meant that we maximised the size and space of the decking and it would give us plenty of room to put our garden furniture on. We had a step put in across the whole length of the decking so you could access the garden at any point.

We have also realised since the decking has been completed, that the step doubles up as fabulous seating for our family and guests. The kids love to sit on the steps and eat their lunch!

decking completed
The step makes it easier to integrate the decking into the garden
decking completed
We had it running all the way to next doors garage
Maximising the space
Just waiting for the sun to turn up!

The Finished Result

Now for the fun part, styling the decking! SB Decking did an amazing job with our decking and you can see immediately why it is best left to the professionals!

The Trex Composite Decking looks sleek, modern, and fresh and provides a fantastic backdrop to our house.

decking on a sunny day
How good does the Trex Enhance Naturals Calm Water look against the house?
Different areas of the decking get sun during the day. It’s perfect

I love how the decking runs directly from the house so you can walk straight out into the garden from the kitchen. This provides a seamless indoor/outdoor feel to both our kitchen and our garden.

Seamless transition
Straight out into a cosy garden corner
We can open the bifolds and enjoy the outside whilst still sitting inside
Full length of the house
And look at that sky!

We eventually plan to put a pergola leading from our house over the larger part of the decking and an outdoor kitchen along the neighbor’s wall, making it a large eating and dining space.

I will write a garden design blog post over the next week so you can see our plans. 

Eventually, we plan to put a pergola over this section of the decking and turn it into a dining space

For the first time since we had our bi-folds installed back in October, we have been able to open them fully and start to enjoy part of our garden. Just in time for this week’s heatwave!

Olive tree from Homebase
Much better than before!
Waiting for the sun to come around the corner

I can’t recommend Trex Composite Decking enough. We have been hugely impressed with SB Decking workmanship and the high quality of the decking. We are looking forward to enjoying it for many years to come!

Trex composite decking - how to create a stunning space for your garden

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