In construction of light outdoor structures, lumber is perhaps the most versatile and readily available building material even today. It’s inexpensive, easy to work with, and although it requires more maintenance than other materials currently available, it possesses its own set of advantages. Here we’ll take a look at those advantages and how your San Clemente, CA landscape design may be improved with the introduction of good old fashioned wood.
Apart from being quicker to erect than other forms of patio or outdoor living surfaces, decking also provides a wider range of design options, particularly for yards with challenging topography where landscape excavation may otherwise be necessary. The structure may require special reinforcements if it will be used to support heavy appliances or large pieces of outdoor cooking equipment, but decking remains the most efficient method of erecting single or multi-leveled outdoor living spaces. Maintenance on decking can be reduced by using composite or synthetic materials as a substitute.
Vegetable garden boxes
For homeowners who enjoy connecting with the simple things in life and growing their own vegetables, lumber is a quick and effective material for creating boxing to house the individual vegetable beds. A series of 36 by 80 inch vegetable boxes are ideal for keeping multiple crops separated while providing easy access and walk-space between each bed.
Lumber retaining walls are perhaps not as common as walls made from more durable material. However, because of the speed at which they can be erected, they make excellent temporary measures in the face of necessity. That said, lumber retaining walls can be used to contribute warmth and charm to a modern or rustic landscape design.
Fences and screens
More common are lumber fences and privacy screens. From the traditional white picket fence to ornately carved privacy screens set around patios, lumber provides a light and structurally sound material for thin vertical screens. Painted or stained, the character of wood is well displayed on a vertical plane and can reduce the sense of confinement created by less visually forgiving wall structures by contributing warm and natural tones. Because of their softness, wooden fences and screens can also be used to reduce echo and dampen sound coming into or leaving a space.
The classic pergola is one example of wooden beams being used as a support for outdoor overhead covering. Lumber can also be used to support more substantial covering from thatch for a poolside tiki hut to a full roof extension. Once again, while maintenance for these structures is necessary to prevent rot, water and insect damage, the aesthetic character of lumber is worth the labor of love for many homeowners.
Outdoor cabinets and bars
Rich carpentry accents are appealing in any setting and outdoor cooking, dining and entertainment spaces are no different. Wood cabinets, counters or bars contribute visual warmth, rich texture and a variety of interesting grains that give personality and rustic beauty to your entertainment areas.
Minimally treated logs
Along with the fine detail of processed lumber, minimally treated wood also makes a notable contribution to a backyard aesthetic. Uncut, stained logs can be used as decorative features, rustic furniture or outdoor space dividers, and can even be worked into the structure of an enclosed patio. Raw, repurposed wood is excellent for perfecting a rugged wholesome aesthetic or adding warmth to an industrial or modern theme.