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25 inspiring low-level deck builds

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A low-level deck can add an attractive feature to your backyard and dramatically increase space for outdoor entertaining and relaxation.


Bunnings Workshop members have built many inspiring low-level decks to help transform their homes. Decks built close to the ground can present significant design and building challenges, such as ventilation, drainage, termites and rotting. Be sure to thoroughly investigate options for your deck and obtain expert advice before you start building.


Check out these low-profile decks built by Bunnings Workshop members and please let us know if you need a hand with your own decking project. 


1. Low-level hardwood deck over concrete by @DIY4Knuckleheds


A low-level hardwood deck under a verandah finished with a clear oil for a natural look. 




2. Low-level deck using composite boards by @archerwinmakes 


A large low-level deck built over concrete and soil over three weekends using Ekodeck boards.




3. Low-level deck over brick pavers by @hadi 


Labour alone was quoted at $12,000 for this backyard low-level deck project, but using modular decking frames on top of the existing brick pavers saved time and money.




4. Low-level deck over concrete by @Backyardtradie 


A 3800 x 3440mm low-level deck on a concrete slab transformed the look of an outdoor entertaining area.


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5. Low-level composite deck over concrete by @diy_hausdesigns 


Ekodeck boards assembled over old concrete created a new outdoor entertaining area for Rufaro's family and friends to enjoy.




6. Low-level Merbau deck over concrete slab by @Neo19 


350cm x 370cm Merbau deck with picture framing that has inspired many Bunnings Workshop community members.


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7. Low-level deck for pool area by @Marty_McFly 


Adding a deck near the pool offered more space for relaxation or entertaining in this relatively small backyard.




8. Low-profile deck with screening and steps by @MGusto 


A low-level deck build with screening and steps using a screw pedestal system as bearers due to the uneven base height of the existing concrete path and brick pavers.




9. Backyard covered patio with low-level deck by @tom_builds 


Tom replaced a brick paved area with a covered patio and low-level deck to create an outdoor entertaining area that can be enjoyed all-year round. 




10. Backyard patio makeover by @Chiren_J 


Workshop member Chiren_J built two decks over pavers in this comprehensive backyard renovation.


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11. Low-level deck with built-in planter box by @JoeAzza 


A planter box allows rainwater to be soaked up by the soil rather than accumulating below Joe's low-level deck.


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12. Low-level deck and Merbau screening by @WendyL 


Building a low-lying deck using Ekodeck and installing Merbau panels maximised the usable area of this courtyard and hid an unsightly fence.




13. Low-level hardwood deck built over concrete by @DIYgals 


Lauren and Sarah built a low-level deck over concrete using a durable and termite-resistant hardwood.




14. Backyard transformation with deck by @LePallet 


Rylie transformed a barren backyard into a wonderful outdoor area the whole family can enjoy with decking, raised garden beds, new turf and a play area. A mini-digger was required to dig down to the depth required for the deck framing. 


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15. Low-level deck with picture framing by @Jithesh 


Workshop member Jithesh built this impressive 7m x 4m Merbau deck over a concrete slab in just three weekends.


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16. Backyard makeover with new deck and planter boxes by @maknilsin 


To create an inviting area for outdoor entertaining, Mark added a new deck along with planter boxes and bench seating for less than $2000.




17. Low-level deck using recycled timber by @dre13 


By sanding and oiling recycled Merbau boards, Workshop member dre13's deck project only cost $750.


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18. Low-profile deck over concrete by @Dilanka 


A Merbau deck over a concrete slab and paved path to create a wonderful alfresco area.


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19. Backyard renovation with decks and boardwalk by @pete_brig 


Pete extended this outdoor entertaining area with two adjoining decks and a boardwalk and surrounded the space with lush greenery.


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20. Patio extension with low-level deck by @maccifo 


Attaching a low-level deck extension to an existing patio helped to increase the size of an outdoor entertaining area.




21. 15-year-old deck rebuild by @Welding_Virgin 


A 25 square metre deck rebuilt using Merbau boards, laminated veneer lumber and Pine.


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22. Low-level deck under pergola by @pepsp 


Workshop member pepsp built a Spotted Gum deck under an existing pergola and finished with Feast Watson timber oil.




23. Side yard makeover with deck and retaining wall by @julzdiy 


A simple deck with retaining wall made a sloping side yard a fantastic space to entertain friends and family.


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24. Low-level deck and pergola by @jase2 


A prefabricated pergola was erected on a new low-level composite deck installed over a treated Pine frame.




25. Low-level composite deck over concrete and soil by @frediynewbie 


A composite low-level deck with lights built over soil compacted with crushed rock. 




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. 


Adam has also created a full step-by-step guide for how to build a decking boardwalk, complete with video tutorial and a comprehensive list of tools and materials required. 


More inspiration for your deck project


Whether you are building a new deck or rejuvenating an existing structure, get inspired by the Top 10 most popular deck projects

and Top 10 most popular low-level deck projects shared by clever and creative Bunnings Workshop community members.


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