Creative outdoor living ideas

Introduce comfort, style and practicality into your outdoor space so that you can enjoy more time in the fresh air during the coming warmer months.

Extend the living space outwards

When it’s warm, we naturally want to spend more time outdoors and a great way to do that is to bring some of the trappings of everyday life into the garden, such as a pizza oven, a dining area, an outdoor bar or garden furniture like that shown in this example.

There are multiple contemporary decking ideas that you can play around with, with lots of options for wood species, profiles, patterns and designs. Whether you choose to have a small deck or fill up more of your outdoor space depends on how you will use your garden decking, whether you have a large or small garden and what your overall vision is for using the space.

Shelter from the sun’s rays

Thermory_decking_thermo_pine

While it’s nice to soak up the sun, having a covered deck can provide protection from harmful UV radiation when it gets too strong, while also offering shelter from the rain when needed.

This garden in Norway, with thermally modified pine decking, is a great example of how wood can be used to create shade while also leaving plenty of space to work on your tan.

Cook in the open air with an outdoor kitchen

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking

There aren’t many activities more satisfying than cooking outdoors. If you have a large garden, something you might want to incorporate into your decking project is an outdoor kitchen with a charcoal barbecue or gas-powered grill.

If you really want to get in touch with your primal side you could even consider having a fire pit, which, as well as keeping you warm on cooler evenings, will also allow you to carry out simpler culinary processes like toasting marshmallows and cooking jacket potatoes.

Eat al fresco with a decorative outdoor dining table

Thermory ash decking

Creating an al fresco dining area means you don’t need to eat indoors on those summer evenings when the weather is delightfully warm and you just want to stay in your outdoor space.

Extending the wood theme from the deck boards to the furniture, as in this example found in Norway, creates continuity and helps to create a relaxed feeling, as you’ll be surrounded by more natural materials.

Make DIY flowerboxes using your leftover decking materials

DIY flower box

These planter boxes can be made from any wooden material that is surplus to requirements from your decking project and they come in all shapes and sizes, making them a perfect decking idea for displaying different kinds of potted plants. You can find the instructions for making the flower boxes here.

Use climbing plants to create a living wall

Thermory QuickDeck Maxi

The natural living wall in this image is a lovely example of how a little bit of greenery can go a long way to creating a calming, relaxing space. If you have a vertical flat surface but you don’t have enough garden room for plant pots, this can be an especially handy way to create a sense of natural serenity.

Turn up the atmosphere with festoon lights

Thermory ash decking

To enjoy the best experience when using your outdoor space, lighting is an important aspect to take into account, especially if you’re planning to spend a lot of time outdoors after the sun goes down. Lamps, lanterns, festoon lights or even LEDs are all options to help you create the right mood in your garden design.

Create a cozy, undisturbed space with privacy screens

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash cladding

Although your garden is a part of your private space, because it’s out in the open it can sometimes feel a little exposed compared with the indoor part of your property.

One way to combat this is with a privacy screen, which, in addition to its practical benefits, also presents a great opportunity to further enhance the visual appeal of your existing patio area with wood.

Choose garden furniture that makes your garden feel like home

Thermory_Pine_Decking; aged & unoiled_Norway_photo credit Moelven Wood Prosjekt

Outdoor furniture is a great way to make your deck comfortable and homely, meaning that you simply won’t want to go back inside. Depending on the size of your decking area and how you intend to use it, you might choose to have a dining table with chairs, sun loungers, an armchair or sofa with a coffee table, a parasol to protect you from the harsh sunlight, bean bags to lounge in, and many other creature comforts to make your outdoor time special.

Add some comfy cushions and you could almost be in a cozy living room – except for the added pleasure of the scent of flowers carried on the gentle summer breeze to remind you that you’re outdoors.

Get creative and design your perfect outdoor environment!

If you’re looking to enhance your garden space ready for the summertime, the versatility of thermally modified natural timber presents almost limitless possibilities.

Hopefully the outdoor living and garden decking ideas we’ve presented in this article have helped to inspire you for your next project. Whether you’re still looking for more inspiration or ready to get started, now is the perfect time to check out Thermory’s broad range of wooden decking products.

Related posts

Thermory ash decking

The six elements of biophilic design

The purpose of biophilic design is to create spaces that deliver benefits for both human health and the environment by nurturing people’s innate affinity...

Thermory ash decking

Discover inspiring wooden decking ideas

Summer is just around the corner, and as we eagerly look out to see the evidence of rising temperatures, that can only mean one thing...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-pine mix and match cladding

Durability classes of wood

We have often mentioned in our articles that Thermory Ash belongs to durability class 1 and Thermory Pine is in durability class 2. But what exactly does...

Thermory_Benchmark_thermo-pine_decking_D45J 26x118_PaCS_private house_Tallinn Estonia_photo credit Allan Leppikson - Reval foto

Chemical-free wood surfaces in the home

Home is where the heart is – a place where the whole family can feel safe and warm. The building materials you choose should enhance this feeling and...

Thermory_decking_thermo_ash

Sustainable use of wood: thermally modified vs tropical wood

Wood is one of the most common building materials in the world and, with responsible forest management, it is the only renewable building material we have....

Thermory_Pine_ Decking_Profile D30_26x115_Surf Club_Estonia

Thermory in Exterior Design: Decking

The decking in your home bears witness to numerous magnificent and memorable moments. On warm days we sit on the deck and bask in the sunshine, at night we...

Thermal modification

Thermally modified wood – what is it?

How did the wooden Viking ships endure the corrosive effects of salt water? Nordic seafarers used to treat their wood with fire. Our contemporary...

Thermory Pine cladding

How sustainable is wood?

With rising concerns about climate change, the world community’s responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint rests with each and every individual and...

Thermory_Pine_Decking; aged & unoiled_Norway_photo credit Moelven Wood Prosjekt

Color evolution of Thermory products

As a natural material, the color of wood alters over time – and there is no exception with Thermory’s thermally modified wood products, which gradually...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking

Installation systems for Thermory decking

You’ve selected the perfect decking for your outdoor space – now you just need to decide how best to secure it in its chosen location. There are two...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking

Decking pattern options

When considering how you’ll lay your new deck, there are many more options to decide between than simple vertical or horizontal alignment. In fact, with a...

Thermory Loo production

Discover four of our favorite thermally modified woods

If you’re considering which wood types to use for a renovation or construction project, there are several considerations that may influence your decision...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking

Celebrate spring in style with a well-maintained deck!

The warmth of springtime is fast approaching, and our thoughts are naturally turning towards spending more time outside. If you have a wooden terrace or...

Press & Click System powered by Grad now available with Alu Rail

PaCS (Press and Click System) product ranges combine high-quality Thermory thermowood with the unique installation system by Grad. It is a popular hidden...

Thermory Radiata Pine Cladding New Zealand

How does thermally modified wood perform in different climates?

No matter where you live when you’re choosing a decking or cladding material, you’ll have to be mindful of how that material will change over time...

Thermory Benchmark thermo-ash decking and cladding, Maidla Nature Resort in Estonia

Wood in Architecture: Trends for 2022

In 2022, the global megatrend of sustainable architecture and building practices will continue. Architecture trends influence the choice of materials both...

Projects related to this post