Building decking in January has many challenges, the cold, frozen timber, howling winds and of course the rain and snow. All the same it’s not impossible, this deck I built January 2016 shows what can be achieved.
This Wigan home has a terraced back garden, previous occupiers over the years had made an attempt to build decking and started by laying sleepers (these can be see on the left had side of the pictures) to retain earth at the rear of the extension. With higgledy-piggledy steps leading up from the grass and paving on the top that has seen better days, the client wanted a fresh start, somewhere that could be used to entertain in the evening and have an array of pots containing fragrant herbs and flowers.
As ever with any job building a deck or otherwise, budget is an important consideration, so the existing paving was left in place to act as the foundations. The timber sleepers, although they had a dog leg bend in them were structurally sound and helped to provide a support frame work for the second level. Value decking timber was chosen for this job with framing at 16″ centres, all timber was responsibly sourced (FSC & PEFC) plus Tanalith E Pressure Treated carrying a 15 Year Anti Rot Guarantee. The deck framing was built on legs to provide a level (with a slight run off) framework for the boards.
After little more than a week, the decking was complete. The transformation is amazing, providing the client with over 10 square meters of interrupted space on the top level and a further 5 square meters to the bottom level. With two steps down to the garden the decking is complete, ensuring the customer can look forward to the spring and summer with a brand new start.
A handyman tip for any of you planning to build decking in January or when timber is especially green, use a flat wood drill as a spacer between the boards. The 2-3mm depth is just right for green timber as over the warmer months the boards will dry out and shrink a little ensuring you have good spaces in the summer and enough room for expansion in the winter.
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