|Half way there|
With the project advancing, we have been delighted to see that the ProFi system really seems to be a very well designed. Once you have constructed the base and got the first deck board right, the rest of the the installation is easy. Basically, you really need only three things: deck boards cut to the right length, Profi clips and a screwdriver. Straightforward and uncomplicated!
|Clips and things|
Another great example of ProFi's inventive thinking is the rail step. It is a piece designed to enable the building of terrace steps and edges quickly and without any special skills. Instead of building steps, we used it on all the edges of the deck as it outlines the deck in a very elegant manner.
It is also environmentally appealing that the material contains a recycled component, in other words some self-adhesive label materials made of paper and plastic, which is surplus from UPM's label stock production. It can be seen as small white "bits" in the deck boards.
|The rail step defining the edge|
There are quite a few quite large trees nearby our terrace. Both pines and birhces are really pleasant to look at and yes, typically Scandinavian. However, the downside is the amount of "junk" that they produce from Spring to Autumn. Had we chosen a conventional deck material, this might have been an issue as the leaves and needles would get stuck under the deck. This has been also resolved in the system as you can add rubber strips between the boards to create a closed surface decking.
|Rubber strips going in|
In the two outside corners of the terrace are drains, which needed to be left open. Therefore, the deck corners around them were customised to conform the shape of them.
Urho just loves hanging outside at the terrace. Therefore, throughout the whole process he has been quite keen on supervising the installation. Understandably, he needs to make sure that no corners are cut, especially something which would compromise his comfort and well-being.
|Hmm, let's see..|
|..not bad at all.|
So, is it now ready or what? Yes and no. The beautiful deck is there, but now it is the time to start thinking about how to furnish it. The Bubble chair is a good starting point, but it seems quite lonely in the middle of the otherwise empty 25 square meters. A barbecue, comfortable sofa and low table are the necessities to start with, but what else. Once again, there are so many appealing options to consider! Fantastic!