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Low-level deck with built-in planter box

Amassing an Audience
Amassing an Audience

A built-in planter box allows rainwater to be soaked up by the soil rather than accumulating below this low-level deck.



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The project


While re-levelling my rear sliding door area, I had to remove the existing deck and repair the surrounding outer walls. Whenever it rained, water would accumulate below the deck, and I was concerned that water would flow underneath the house and cause damage to the foundation.




I built the new decking with an inbuilt planter box without a base to allow rainwater to get soaked up by the soil in the planter.






I was going to build the planter box at the same level as the deck, but my sister suggested making it higher and installing vertical slats on the planter box. I used 105mm x 19mm x 5.4m Merbau for the deck and made my own vertical slats using the Merbau decking timber. I painted the planter box black so that the vertical slats would have a better finish, without the lighter colour of the framing timber popping through.




I also added a wide board on top of it, which can be utilised as a seat.




Before and after


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How to build a low-level deck


A low-level deck can pose a range of potential design and installation problems, with particular challenges around ventilation, drainage, termites and rotting. But it doesn't have to be a difficult project once you take the time to understand the basics of how they are put together.


Experienced Bunnings Workshop member Adam Woodhams has created a comprehensive guide to building your own low-level deck which should provide an excellent reference for getting started. 


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