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Friday, April 15, 2016

Balcony Decking

It is always a dream of mine to have an apartment with balcony and when we got ours, we are lucky to get the unit that we wanted. No fancy seaside view, but it's ok for a first (and we get to see sunset!).

Despite the small balcony (I am not complaining), we decided to install timber decking. We chose Chengal wood for its durability despite it being on the pricey side. 

I am blessed to have a very handy dad to help with our renovation process. There he was placing the cut wood to make sure it fits and adding strips of aluminum to slightly raise the decking so water can flow below. For safety reasons, we didn't raise the decking as per normal (higher) and my genius dad came up with the idea of using aluminum strips to raise the decking just slightly. 

The husband drilling holes on the aluminium strips for the nails to attach to the decking, right outside our main door. We have limited working space!

We also sanded the Chengal wood and stained it with dark walnut wood varnish. It is important to varnish your decking for better durability.

And we went shopping at IKEA for the outdoor furniture. Since we have a small balcony, we have to make sure the furniture we chose fits. There wasn't much choice for us but I quite like the one we got. 

IKEA Askholmen Outdoor Table & Chairs

The finished look!

We also added beige chair pads to the chairs. The plant and pot are both from IKEA.

Now we can enjoy our weekend brunch at our balcony.

The table and chairs are foldable so we keep them after every use to free up the space and to protect the furniture from rain and sun. It is really easy setting them up when needed.

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