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 Raised Timber Decking - multi deck Project

Take down and remove existing cedar decking and balcony. Replace with a softwood decking scheme. Large patio deck - leading on to a slightly lower 'adults' deck, then staircase to garden.

The old deck was constructed from Western Red Cedar - a softwood in spite of it's clever 'brand name!'. The new deck was constructed entirely from softwood decking and joists.

As well as a main decking area, a smaller 'annex' deck room at a slightly lower level added significantly to the overall design.

Timber decking staircase down to the garden and also a small balcony deck completed the project.

The finished Raised Garden decks.

This view does not fully show the extent and size of the decks - or raised deck balcony. What it does show though, is the attention to detail insofar as user safety is concerned. Every deck that is raised above ground level - by however small an amount - should have safety at the heart of the design.

The safety balustrades to all parts of the raised timber decking project area, together with a not-too-steep staircase that is well supported and has good hand holding areas were designed into the deck as standard.

The space under the deck was not covered in. The 'dark' shaded area being a good contrast with the lighter deck sitting on top. Together with this, being a somewhat rural area, it is easier to find any 'wildlife' that might take up home under the deck. 

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Old cedarwood deck to be removed  front of deck that is to be removed and replaced from the garden - before the decking gang started
The old cedar wood deck to be removed>>>>>> One of the main reasons to replace the decking, was the fact that is darkened the house with it's faded colour that had been stained dark over the years. The new deck was to be extended out over adjacent flower beds - which in any event could not be seen from the house area. There was also poor access to the substantial garden, which the owners wanted to make more of. As can be seen in the first image, the deck was also getting a bit crowded with youngster's use!

BrightonB.JPG (62178 bytes) - Old cedarwood deck to be lifted  Joist being laid fro new deck terrace Overhang of the raised deck.
Old deck timber removed - All ready for sub deck construction to take place. The first task was to affix a timber wall plate joist. This had already been pre fixed with joist hangers at 600mm centres (2ft).It was then an easy matter to fix a temporary bearer at correct height in order to sling the decking joists over the old patio area. Once levels had been determined, support posts were concreted into the ground with double bearers bolted in. These bearers were clamped before bolting with M12mm galvanised coach bolts. the wall plate hanger joist was fixed by using 12mm sleeve anchors - drilled and bolted into the wall. 50mm rectangular plate washers were used at all 'nut' ends of the bolts.

A 1metre overhang of deck was included. The deck joists then cut to length by using a chalk line - rather than simply measuring each joist out from the house. Over a long distance, there can be considerable difference in measurements with a bowing or other unevenness of the main house wall.

brighton1.JPG (73722 bytes) - The decking staircase brighton4.JPG (70906 bytes) Decking staircase with balustrade brighton5.JPG (64178 bytes) Balcony deck over the main decking area brighton6.JPG (70294 bytes) The new deck ready for relaxation - and play of course
New Decks, Staircase and Balcony in this raised decking project.

The newels were bolted direct onto the frame timbers using two galvanised bolts and plate washers. This allowed for the spindles to extend down to the deck fascia - rather than using a bottom rail on the balustrade railings. This is a much more sturdier method of building balustrades when using 'off the shelf' components. It results in a much more rigid feel to the balustrade and is not unattractive.

The image of the balcony, shows that two 9in (225mm) bearers were used to support the weight of the raised decking balcony unit. The corner newels were fixed to each other - as well as being bolted to the frame, in order to give more stability.


 brighton8.JPG (73226 bytes Planting in containers softenes the hard lines of the deck) brightonMain2.JPG (140475 bytes) An intermediate deck seating area between main deck and garden brighton12.JPG (71478 bytes) Shows the work involved in a substantially large deck staircase.

brighton16.JPG (71743 bytes)Further planting - and colour contrast add to the finished deck.

Job Done!  Images give further insights as to how the decking staircase, the balustrade and the stair tread were constructed. If you are going to construct a raised deck, then all of the foregoing should be second nature to you. If you have to scratch your head, and do not understand these basic deck construction points, then you should use a professional. A raised decking scheme like this is not a project for learning!


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