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Top 10 most popular deck projects

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

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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:

 

First deck by Tara86.jpegA deck like Tara's can dramatically increase your living area. 

1. 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.

 

2. 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.

 

3. 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.

SpottedGumDeck by Darren.jpgSpotted gum decking boards can look spectacular 

4. 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.

 

5. New timber deck by @jaga

 

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.

 

6. 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. An even bigger deck from Adam is coming soon…

TimberFreeDeckbyAdam.jpgComposite decking boards can look great and require less maintenance 

7. 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.

 

8. 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.

 

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

 

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

 

10. Finished deck and screening by @JP_Finlay

 

Proof that screening can be attractive.

 

 

Outdoor furniture ideas for your deck

Backyard makeover by maknilsin.jpgWorkshop members have shared many great outdoor projects 

 

The Workshop project gallery has loads of great outdoor furniture ideas and inspiration that are perfect for 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 Start a new discussion if you'd like a hand with creating something new. 

 

2 Replies

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

 

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? 

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

@notawiseoldelf,

 

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. 

 

Jason

 

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