A great opportunity had come our way when a client got in contact about some Garden decking design for the back garden, Now some ideas where thrown around about a patio or decking and which one is best, they both have there advantages and disadvantages!!
Cost is one and also the lay of the land, you have to dig down deep so u can get a good base in to for a patio and we also had the issue of a drain, its not used any more so access wasn’t required in the future, as it belongs to an old power station that used to be onsite many years ago, its dry and full up of mud, but to remove the top and back fill it for a patio would of been a lot more work and expense they didn’t want to get involved with.
So decking made more sense really, plus there is a lot of stone and concrete already In the garden, its nice to have something a little different set aside in the large grass lawn, the client was thinking of a large square area just set back from the edge, there was a nautral dip in the lawn and they wanted it covered over as well as the drain that was in place.
Because the garden slopes down towards the house they wanted a decking are level but raised, but it wasn’t until we suggested may be sinking the decking in to the slope to make it look a little more appealing, surround it with some nice large sleepers to back up the mud and grass, creating a nice low area and it works very well.
So we set to working marking out the right area and to make things a little easier we decided to work around the decking length of 3.6m, sleepers were originally based on 1.8m each so 2 at the back and 2 on the sides, now there was a lot of top soil to be removed and this come in handy later for levelling the rest of the garden around the sleepers back towards the lawn in the areas there where also other low spots or dips and grass seed and turf could be used, but that was a decision to be made a little later on .
As with any good projects there is always the chance to make adjustments as and when u go, This was no different so after talking to the client we decided to extend the front part to met up where the old base for the shed was, with the intention of sometime in the future be it a month or 6 months down the line we could extend the decking area to cover the old shed base, so the frame work was changed and adapted to extend further down which worked great because the second drain cover a the end was the right level to rest the end of the decking on with the need to more wooden supports to concrete in giving It a great base for support. some good quality weed control blanket was then added and the frame work was placed on top, secured in place and left to dry, we also drove large wall fixing bolts in the concrete base of the high drain as extra support, the whole decking level was based around that first main drain cover so the decking could sit right on top and we could go any lower with out removing the concrete cap.
So with a good base down and secure it was time to get on with the decking, we needed an extra 8 lengths of 2.4 decking for the small section at the end we added and these had to be cut in place but brings it nicely up to the lawn edge and a tiny bit lower so cutting the grass will be made simple in the future, just needed a good clean off once it had dried and the plan was to let it weather and dry a little before adding an almost clear stain to it for added protection