And in our internal courtyard, it had the same boring grey concrete pavers and grey colourbond fence so didnt look to good. Some bamboo panels, cheap ikea tiles and pebbles and some large square pots with a variety of plants (a few nandinas) and we created a Japanese style garden.
Looks like an incredibly relaxing space to enjoy some fresh air. Thanks for sharing @MGusto.
Great job on both projects @MGusto . I was going to suggest doing some plantings at your daughter's but if you planted murraya (mock orange), it's just a matter of patience 😁 I liked the river pebbles idea and creates a natural link to th adjoining garden. If your daughter wants a tropical feel, maybe add a palm and/or cordyline opp th gate. I like colour so I'd look at a red/hot pink cordyline. And maybe a dwarf Bougainvillea on th fence--just string some wire to create a trellis (another small project 🤣) other plantings to consider for ground cover include Xanadu (dwarf philadendron) and/or a ground palm (Molineria capitulata, Palm Grass)
I also like the garden work & decking at your own home... Keep up the great work.
P.s. bit late for your own home project but may be useful for others....
I have heard of fixing battens onto th tiles/concrete then finishing with the decking boards. Cheaper than th tile panels but may not last as long? However, H4 timber could be good for 10-20 years?
Finally got around to putting in the sleeper border. Looks better now. That's just about it for this other than some furniture for the deck and a raised garden bed down at the "service area" of the yard.
Love your work, @MGusto. Thanks so much for taking us through your project. It's been fantastic watching it develop. Those edgings are just the icing on the cake.
Looks really good. I'm debating between the Buzon pedestals and Builder's edge from bunnings. I'm building on top of my existing concreted outside area. Total area of the deck will by around 27m2 (6m x 4.5m). @MGusto it would be great if I could have your persepctive on the following:
Thanks a lot for your help
Hello Nikhil. I did consider the Builders Edge pedestals, however the Buzon are a much better pedestal. The specs for the builders edge are 220kg load capacity whilst the breaking load for the Buzon are 14.6 KN (1460 kg).
According to the Buzon site there is no need to secure the pedestal to the substrate - the weight of the joist holds them in place. Also you screw the joist holder into the side of the joist for joist stability.
As far as sturdiness goes, the DPH series are designed for commercial use - they were used for a timber deck at the Sydney wharf. - https://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/suppliers/ausdrain/buzon-pedestals-support-joists-during-re...
My deck is holding up well. The only thing you need to consider is the distance between joists, the joist size and the spacing of the pedestals on each joist - these factors will influence the stability of your deck.
Hope this helps
Hi Mike. Thanks a lot for your quick response. Much appreciated. I have looked at the Sydney wharf example as well, but nothing like review from forum members.
I'm looking to have the deck over concreted area - using 70x45 treated pine joists - centre spacing of about 450mm - and spacing pedestals about 700-800mm apart on each joist. Hope that will work Ok. Have ordered the Buzon pedestals - DHP2/DHP02 - awaiting them to be shipped.
By the way, did you use any of their Slope Correctors? and have any experience with those. I have about 2-3% slope on one end of the concrete - thinking either I'll use the slope corrector by Buzon - or just plastic shims to compensate for the slope.
Hi Nikhil, The spacing of the joists at 450 is the same as I used and appears to be standard for 19mm decking boards and the spacing of the pedestals appears to be fine although I used 90 x 45 joists. Just a note that the pedestals are not supplied with a joist connector, so you need to order those separately.
I did not need to use slope correctors but I am not sure that shims are a good idea unless the shim is such that the whole of the base of the pedestal sits flush on the shim - which is essentially a slope corrector. If you put a small wedge under just part of the pedestal then you are compromising its integrity.