One of my long term clients has been using my Handyman skills to maintain a deck she has at a rented property, however, over the summer, it has become increasingly aparent that the deck was pretty much on its last legs and needed to be replaced.
The responsibility of a landlord is to provide a safe living space and this deck was proving to be a problem, so after some discussion, we designed a deck using best practice build design and long lasting and low maintenance products.
Removing the old deck revealled a few `crimes` going on underneath. The previous deck had been built over the broken up concrete patio that had been taken up to make way for the deck build. Most of this had to be cleared from the site before the new deck build could start.
Here I had fixed a wall plate to the house which set the overall height of the deck coming away from the house. (The uprights were temporary just to get the overall height set out.)
I used treated timbers sitting on posts set on specalist foundation blocks (showing here in the foreground).
So the build is progressing, here I have placed a damp membrane over the frame joists to protect from water run off from the main deck.
I have also positioned posts for the handrail to be built all round. The posts were stained black to provide a strong constrast to the final decking design.
The completed deck. Following a site visit and discussion with the client, we agreed to use composite decking in the Spiced Oak colour and contrasting black stained posts and handrails.
If you have a deck design in mind or want me to provide some ideas based on my previous work, Contact Us to discuss your decking build project.