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Low-level deck with picture framing

Jithesh
Junior Contributor
Jithesh
Jithesh
Junior Contributor

A Merbau deck built over concrete in just three weekends.

 

 

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The project

 

I built a 7m x 4m Merbau deck over a concrete slab in my alfresco area. I used H3 treated Pine attached to the concrete slab with L brackets which allowed a gap under them.

 

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The joists were placed every 450mm and bearers 2m apart. It took three full weekends to complete the project.

 

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To create interest and break up the long expanse of decking, I placed a perpendicular board to the others every few meters. Not only is this pleasing to the eye, but it conveniently allowed me to work with shorter lengths of decking.

 

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To finish the deck, and for some added ambience during evening alfresco dining, I installed up-lighting surrounding its perimeter.

 

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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. 

 

More inspiration for your deck

 

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.

 

Comments
nsavi
Junior Contributor

This is awesome.

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

We're excited that you've found these projects contributed by our talented members inspiring @nsavi! Would you like to build something similar? We'd be more than happy to assist with any questions you have in getting started.

 

Mitchell

 

nsavi
Junior Contributor

@MitchellMc 

I have a pergola area as big as this which I'd love to transform into something similar like what @Jithesh did.  But I am afraid I'm a noob in this area and I don't think I'll be able to make something as big as this.

 

I have a pergola area which I'd love to transform into something like this

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

We all start somewhere @nsavi. Plenty of reading and asking questions will get you on the right track. Many of these amazing decks you see contributed from our members were their first major D.I.Y. projects They were accomplished with helpful assistance from our knowledgeable members.

 

Remember, we're here to help.

 

Mitchell

 

rahulva
Newbie

Do you need approval from the council as the deck is not 1m away from the fence?

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @rahulva. It's sensational that you've joined us and many thanks for your question about council permission.

 

It's always best to start by approaching your local council to get an idea of what regulations might affect your plans. Distance from the boundary fence is just one limitation to consider. They might also have requirements for footer sizes and height requirements.

 

We look forward to hearing more about your deck project and encourage you to reach out if you need any assistance. We're here to help.

 

Mitchell

 

Reego
New Contributor

Hi @Jithesh,

 

Really good job mate! Are the lights you installed in the decking solar or hard wired?

 

Dave  

Jithesh
Junior Contributor

Thanks @Reego . 

 

I have used the Holamn deck lights with the controller - not solar.

https://www.bunnings.com.au/holman-30mm-rgb-colour-deck-light-6-pack_p0011667

 

EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Hello @Reego

 

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community. Thank you so much for joining us.

 

Are you planning on putting in your own deck lights? Any updates you can provide while installing them would be much appreciated. Our members would be more than happy to provide advice and information should you need it.

 

Here are other amazing projects our Workshop members have shared. 

 

 

If you need further assistance, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

Reego
New Contributor

Thanks @Jithesh 

be11y
New Contributor

This came out really well. I’m doing the same thing as you and I’m just wondering how far apart you spaced your brackets?

MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Welcome to the Bunnings Workshop community @be11y. It's wonderful to have you join us, and many thanks for your question on this fantastic project.

 

Let me mention @Jithesh, so they are alerted to your question, and hopefully, they can provide you with the answer needed. It looks like they might have followed my advice and alternated the side on which the brackets were placed. If so, it appears they've used around a one-meter spacing for the brackets.

 

We'll be looking forward to hearing all about your decking project and encourage you to start a discussion to document your progress and share your achievements with the community.

 

Please let us know if you need any assistance with your build or have questions.

 

Mitchell

 

be11y
New Contributor

Thanks for the advice @MitchellMc. very much appreciated. Once I get the material and start I will share my progress.

Jithesh
Junior Contributor

hey @be11y . Good luck on your deck build.

 

I have alternated the brackets every 1m as suggested by @MitchellMc . This picture shows a rough plan that I made before starting with the work.

 

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