Ipe hardwood decking in the UK has always been the mainstay of choice and represents durability and stability when designing a decking platform. This, coupled with the “Magnet System”, makes for a sensible terraced decking option and becoming the “go to” choice for contractors. System joists, clips and pedestals are all part of this decking system.

ipe decking surrounding pool house

The longevity is brought about by the natural durability of this superior hardwood from Brazil. It grows incredibly slowly and has a lifespan which far surpasses many similar timbers. Tabebuia Serratifolia is the Latin name for this magnificent timber and although it has many names around the world, it is best known as Ipe.

This Ipe decking has been designed in a contemporary manner to wrap the perimeter of this stand-alone building which houses a swimming pool and spa.

Described by the Commission for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) as “a valuable contribution to the renewal of architecture within the countryside, this indoor swimming pool and spa within the grounds of a Grade II* listed rectory brought bold, contemporary design sensitively into a historic, rural setting.”

exterior decking around pool house designed by aros architects

A curved aluminium roof flows over the pool on minimal steel pillars and arching glulam beams. Its curved form presents a feeling of height inside while reducing the visible elevation of the building from the outside. The panoramic view is a testimony to the incredible glazing custom design and installation by IQ Glass based in Amersham.

The designer said “I have specified and designed with Ipe for years. It does demand specialist trades-persons to install complex projects due to the density and awkward work-ability of this magnificent timber.”

Exterior Solutions has been supplying many decking products in composite, hardwood and modified timber such as Accoya® and Kebony®. The revolution of decking has been driven by the constant updating and research of the very best ways to install decking by Exterpark. Exterpark decking systems have been distributed in the UK by Exterior Solutions Ltd since 2003.

inside pool house looking out onto hardwood decking

Exterpark Magnet is the most revolutionary decking system available. Conforming to the NHBC 60 code of practice and is specified around the work as the best decking solution there is.

Accoya®, Kebony®, Teak, Ipe, Iroko is some of the decking timber available. All fitted over specialist aluminium joists and fitted with invisible clips. This makes the system the most durable and certainly the most accessible and efficient installation there is.

Credits and Further information

Client Private
Location Eastleigh, Hampshire
Architect AROS Architects
Material Exterpark Ipe Hardwood Decking – 21 x 130
Treatment Owatrol Deks Olje D1
Area 240 square metres