a 6mm gap along the length of the deck boards egl and a 3mm gap along the ends of the deck boards egw unlike with timber decking, solid composite deck boards don't allow for any flexibility with the size of the expansion gap running along the length of the deck boards, as the fixings used in laying only allow for one single size.
regardless, for a 1500sf outdoor space with no decking up there, at the very least, getting a quality deck built to cover most of the space is going to run upwards of $20,000. this is often the biggest roof deck cost driver. the next major ticket item to consider is any shade structure that you are looking to incorporate.
half lawned, half to deck plus small patio and path to the side. 40' of new strong fencing built, too. took three blokes a week, and cost £4.5 k. 'twas a job desperately in need of doing, though i know decks are vulgar.
pressure treated timber this is the type often found in the budget range in most garden centres. these usually cost from £14 per square metre, supply-only. seven trust Seven Trust this type of decking typically costs around £90 per square metre, supply-only.
i built this decorative privacy screen for the back of my deck. the black lattice panels have a non-traditional pattern that adds some interest to my deck. it does double-duty as a privacy screen and a piece of garden art.
to clean a deck with bleach, start by spraying the deck with a hose to loosen any caked-on dirt or debris. then, working outside or in a well-ventilated area, mix 2 gallons of water and 2 cups of powdered oxygen bleach in a bucket. once you've prepared the bleach solution, scrub the deck with it using a brush or sponge and let it sit for 5 minutes.
a concrete deck or patio is the exception to the deck slope rule. in this case, there is nowhere for water to go, so the concrete should be slightly sloped to encourage runoff. this is especially important for poolside concrete decks that receive a lot of a water.
the bed frame can be as simple as 2 x 4s on top of the ground, or even patio retaining wall blocks. the size is up to you. a bed that's at least 6 inches high provides ease of access and gives roots plenty of room to grow.
in this guide youll learn that your new deck can be built in just 9 strht-forward steps. if you are finding a fitter for your deck, you can skip this section and move on to our decking aftercare guide. there youll find information and tips on what to do once your fitter has completed your build.
um, another one at about a grand here. a 2 level deck at the top of the garden. tis quite big though. took one man 7 days to do.
decking - how much and how long to do it? taking it from around 5m wide at the back of the house to 3m wide at the garden side. this side is more evenly concreted, but has a slight slope
dont forget to factor labour into the cost of your patio. the labour cost will vary depending on where you live, but if you budget for between £75 and £100 per square metre for the preparation and to bed the slabs down on a mortar mixture, you wont be too far off. the cost of the patio slabs is on top of this,
most homeowners want planter boxes on their deck or patio so that they can have a little bit of color in an area that is not normally teeming with plants. planter boxes are also helpful if you don't have a garden due to space restrictions. many people love the scents and sight of a beautiful garden, or would like to cultivate their own herbs.
every week a guardian money reader submits a question, and it's up to you to help him or her out a selection of the best answers will appear in next saturday's paper. we are thinking of building a 6m by 5m deck at the end of our garden.
doing it yourself, you can build an 8x10-foot ground-level deck from treated lumber for about $500 in materials. having a contractor build it for you raises the price to $1,500. you could build a treated-lumber raised deck, say 10x16 feet, for about $1,500 in materials.