It's been so nice to be able to enjoy our new deck over summer. The deck was built over old concrete and natural ground and is approximately 60sqm in size.
We used treated Pine for the bearers and joints, Belian (Malaysian hardwood) decking and finished it with decking oil.
Affordability and the desire for a hardwood weighed into our decision making for which timber to use. We really love the colour of Belian and when we did a bit of research on the timber we found that its durability in and above ground is excellent, and it is resistant to termites. We did have to purchase a whole sling so we should have plenty to go around the new studio as well.
We are very happy with the end result. The picture framing was quite difficult to get our head around – lots of little extra bits in the framework to think about – but we got there in the end.
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.