The garden is fast becoming an important part of every home. The right material and high quality design can be integral to making your hub of escapism unique, comfortable, and able to stand the test of time. Here is a list of six expert tips to create the perfect terrace: 1. Use light to set the scene Choosing the right light can help to create the perfect setting for any Terrace. By embedding lighting into the flooring or using fairy lights you can enhance the atmosphere of the terrace and create a warm and inviting spot to sit back and take in the surroundings. LED systems are increasingly recognised as the most superior source of light, owing to their energy efficiency and luminosity. 2. Include the element of water Water is a key feature that should be incorporated into every garden design. Used in conjunction with light, water can provide a tranquil atmosphere with its calming sound. There are plenty of ways in which water can feature in garden design, ranging from the installation of fountains and pond-less waterfalls, which can be installed almost anywhere, to the creation of natural ponds. 3. Beautiful and easy to maintain real wood decks Due to the nature of the product, the majority of wood types require considerable maintenance throughout their lifecycle. Kebony, a beautiful wood recommended by leading architects, is the perfect choice for a real wood terrace, as it requires no maintenance beyond normal cleaning. Over time Kebony acquires a beautiful silver-grey patina, whilst maintaining its impressive performance characteristics including improved durability and dimensional stability. 4. Make use of environmentally friendly materials It is essential that all materials used in a garden communicate the living and biological nature of the outdoors, the use of artificial materials which contain toxic substances or chemicals is not recommended. This may seem almost impossible when considering a material that also environmentally friendly and durable however Kebony, a sustainable alternative to tropical hardwood, is widely available throughout the timber trade. Developed in Norway, the patented Kebony technology uses an environmentally friendly process, which permanently enhances the properties of sustainable softwood with a bio-based liquid derived from agricultural crop waste. By polymerising the wood’s cell wall, the softwoods permanently take on the attributes of tropical hardwood including high durability, hardness and dimensional stability, without the need for tropical deforestation. 5. A protective roof for the terrace A protective roof is an opportunity to embrace the garden all year round. A roof made of glass or high-quality transparent plastic can provide a shelter to sit outside and enjoy the garden regardless of the weather. Additionally, a protective roof provides the added benefit of shielding the terrace from excessive rainfall. 6. Pay attention to the quality of the wood Where does the wood for the boards come from? How long is the warranty and does the quality meet my requirements? These questions should always be asked before construction of a wooden terrace. Kebony is an example of a high-quality wood, it has an impressive 30-year guarantee and the wood is FSC-certified – a guarantee for sustainable forest management.