Workshop
Start a discussion

The Bunnings Workshop community can help with your home improvement projects.

Low-level deck with built-in planter box

JoeAzza
Experienced Contributor
JoeAzza
JoeAzza
Experienced Contributor

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

 

 

Joe-103327 (1).jpg

 

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.

 

FKFO1524.JPG

 

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.

 

FPBN6713.JPG

 

DPNN9949.JPG

 

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.

 

FXLE1756.JPG

 

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

 

DASD0788.JPG

 

Before and after

 

IMG_1219 - Copy - Copy.JPG

 

BQFV3596.JPG

 

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. 

 

Popular decking projects

 

Whether you are building a new deck or rejuvenating an existing one, get inspired by the clever and creative Bunnings Workshop community in our Top 10 most popular deck projects.

 

Why join the Bunnings Workshop community?

Workshop is a friendly place to learn, get ideas and find inspiration for your home improvement projects