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2020 Arbordeck Awards

Cambridgeshire-based Composite Decking Lifestyles has taken the title of ‘Deck of the Year’ at the 2020 Arbordeck Awards, with its Church End project named as the winner thanks to its stunning design.

The Trex® composite decking installation, which also came out on top in the ‘Best large Trex deck’ category, caught the judges’ attention thanks to its three-tier design which features a formal dining area, casual seating zone and a bar. Its use of two Trex colours – Gravel Path and Island Mist – along with lighting for both ambience and safety resulted in a sleek and modern decking space.

And as a result of taking the coveted ‘Deck of the Year’ title, Composite Decking Lifestyle’s owner and installer, Carl Boreham, has won a money-can’t-buy-prize: a four-day trip for two to Washington, D.C. which includes a visit to the inspirational Trex University in Virginia, which will take place later in 2021.

Discussing the winning deck, Carl said: “The owner of the deck wanted it to be modern, slick and useable so I went away and sat down with my freehand sketch artist friend and started the ball rolling with some early sketches – the design changed course three or four times before it was finalised, but I’m so pleased with the final result which really complements the client’s gorgeous home.

“It’s great to have had this installation recognised as ‘Deck of the Year’ at the Arbordeck Awards, and I’m looking forward to being able to take the trip to Washington, D.C. when I can!”

Arbor Forest Products launched the Arbordeck Awards in 2018 and they have since continue to grow each year, with a total of 84 entries across six categories in 2020. The awards provide UK-based Trex decking installers with an opportunity to showcase their best projects. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s ceremony took place virtually, with head judge Lee Heitzman announcing the winners as part of the online FutureScape event.

While Composite Decking Lifestyles’ Church End project took the titles of ‘Deck of the Year’ and ‘Best large Trex deck’, Surrey No1 Handyman scooped the ‘Best small Trex deck’ prize as well as ‘Best commercial Trex deck’ for another installation. North Spas came out on top in the ‘Best Arbordeck softwood timber deck’ category, while A Brighter Shade of Green’s Castlenau project was named as ‘Best Trex design solution’.

Simon Thomas Deck & Design, 2019’s ‘Deck of the Year’ winner, was also given special recognition by the judging panel through the ‘Award for Innovation’, due to its Gower Road project, which included a sunken seating area.

Commenting on the 2020 Arbordeck Awards, Trex regional sales manager at Arbor Forest Products and head judge for the Arbordeck Awards, Lee Heitzman, said: “It’s been fantastic to see the Arbordeck Awards grow again in 2020 despite the unusual circumstances, with a record number of entries and some outstanding projects which meant it was by no means an easy task to decide on the winners of each category.

Congratulations to all of our category winners this year, especially Composite Decking Lifestyles for being named as ‘Deck of the Year’. In my role I see a lot of decking projects and it’s not very often one stops me in my tracks – but this one did. I can’t think of one thing I would change about the Church End project, and it is a stunning installation which fit the requirements set by the client.

“The Arbordeck Awards will be back bigger and better in 2021, where we hope to be able to celebrate the very best of Trex decking installations in person at FutureScape again.”

For more information and find out about the 2019 Arbordexperts Installer Awards, visit www.arbordeck.co.uk, and follow for more updates follow Arbordeck on Twitter @_arbordeck; on Pinterest; and on Facebook

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