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Top 10 most popular deck projects

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A deck can help extend your living area and embrace the outdoors. It provides a fantastic space to relax and entertain friends and family.


As the warmer weather approaches, many Workshop members are considering building a new deck or rejuvenating an existing deck. We hope you are inspired and informed by these decking projects from our community members.


Here’s our top 10 most popular deck projects on Workshop by pageviews:Daniel had “never built anything” in his life...Daniel had “never built anything” in his life...


1. New outdoor entertaining area by @danieltheman


Workshop member Daniel had “never built anything” in his life. But after a fire damaged an old patio, Daniel constructed this stunning deck that has been hugely admired by the community.


2. First deck from scratch by @Tara86


Workshop member Tara was justifiably proud of completing their first deck from scratch. Measuring 12 by 4.2 metres, the Merbau deck cost around $6000 to build and has been admired by thousands of community visitors and members.


3. Deck renewal project by @Jason


The harsh Australian sun combined with heavy foot traffic and outdoor furniture can leave decks looking shabby. This project involved a full re-sand before oiling to bring the timber back to new.


A deck like Tara's can dramatically increase your living area.A deck like Tara's can dramatically increase your living area.

4. Strip, sand and oil project by @DIY_Dan


Cleaning with a pressure washer is often all that is needed before re-oiling a deck. But this deck was in poor shape, requiring stripping of the original coating before sanding and oiling. The end result was well worth it.


5. Spotted gum deck by @Darren


While many Aussies choose Merbau decking boards, spotted gum can look absolutely beautiful, as this deck from Darren demonstrates. This helpful discussion also includes advice about choosing the right oil to bring out the best in the timber.


 6. Low-level deck by @Harv


If you have limited clearance between the ground and your deck, this project from Harv is a good example of how to deal with such limitations. It’s also a great example of how helpful the Workshop community can be when you have questions and challenges.


7. New timber deck by @jaga

 Composite decking boards can look great and require less maintenanceComposite decking boards can look great and require less maintenance

This small spotted gum deck makes for an attractive and safe landing at the front door. It was combined with wire balustrade for both function and style.


8. Timber-free deck by @Adam_W


A pool presents a very tough environment for a traditional timber deck, so experienced Workshop member Adam used a pre-fabricated steel frame with HardieDeck fibre cement boards. His video on the build process is both informative and entertaining. Adam's latest outdoor entertaining project is even more impressive…


9. New Ekodeck project by @Trying


Composite decking boards like Ekodeck offer the advantage of a relatively maintenance-free deck. Workshop member Marlane built a new deck of about 5 by 2.5 metres off her “She Shed”.  Two years on she is still very happy with the end result.


10. New deck, lighting, railing and blinds by @Lizzie


This is a great example of an outdoor room that would be fantastic for entertaining.


Workshop members have shared many great outdoor projectsWorkshop members have shared many great outdoor projects


More outdoor ideas for your home


Make sure you check out our Top 10 most popular outdoor projects as well as our Top 10 most popular outdoor furniture projects.


The Workshop project gallery has even more great outdoor ideas and inspirational projects that might be the perfect complement to your deck. Projects include outdoor tables,  bench seats, pallet bars, bar stools, day beds, and planter boxes.


Feel free to share your project on Workshop today, or hit the Start a discussion button if you'd like a hand with creating something new. 


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Wow, so inspiring. I have been thinking of building a deck in my house for more than 4 years, but could't never get it started :unhappy:


Hopefully 2019 is the year.


Is there any single page, where it lists all the tools, materials and step by step instructions to do it? 

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Community Manager



Many thanks for the feedback. I also find it really inspiring when I see what other Workshop community members have achieved! We're more than happy to help ensure that 2019 is indeed the year for you to transform your house. We have loads of helpful and experienced community members who can share their knowledge and experience. 


I would recommend you start with the Bunnings D.I.Y. Advice series on How to build a deck. You might then want to start making a plan. At that point, it would be good if you hit the Start a discussion button and share your plans and photos of your site so our community members can assist. Include as much detail as possible. 


Hope that helps get you started. 




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