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Building a deck has many benefits over other patio surfaces:

Benefit 1:

It is easy to manipulate the heights of decks as they can be ground level building up to many metres above the ground. Be aware any deck over 1.5m on height will require a building consent and any drop of more than a metre below the deck or adjoining stairs will require a compliant balustrade.

Benefit 2:

Decks are great for hiding difficult areas where there may be unsightly structures and ground levels against the house. This is particularly beneficial for example when there are old stairs or patios which can be costly to remove otherwise as, within reason, building deck can be built over the top of these.

Benefit 3:

Decks can reduce the need for steps out from the house. Decks can be bought up to sill height where concrete and paved patios need to be a minimum below floor height of 150mm or 225 if unpaved, meaning level changes can be minimised.
Decks can bring the outdoor living space of inside flooring outside helping further create good indoor-outdoor flow and can add appeal to your overall landscaping. This is especially the case when they are fixed underneath so nail/screw lines can’t be seen and can add architectural appeal to your home

Benefit 4:

Decks are great for installing services such as lighting as cables can be easily run retrospectively where boards can be easily unscrewed and hole-sawed to install rebated lighting

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How do I start building a deck?

Deck functionality

Firstly, you need to think about the functionality of your deck. In other words, spatial design. Is it simply to get from A to B.? Or is it space that needs to accommodate seating and a BBQ for entertaining your family and friends. If this is the case, careful planning is important.

Deck Depth

Any Deck under two metres wide out from a house will become too tight to accommodate a table with chairs and room to remove around. I recommend, if possible, to make a deck at least three metres deep and 4 metres wide and it should be positioned to catch at least the afternoon sun

Deck Connection To The House

Secondly, how will the deck connect to the house and the garden. Any step down or up over 200mm can a potential ankle breaker and impede natural flow. Keep level changes to around 150mm which is a more comfortable step. Think about the width of the deck you are using here. Most wide board is around 140mm and if you float step fascia by 10mm you can get lights underneath and create a cool effect

Break Up The Space

You might ask your builder to build several platforms to break up the space at different levels. Again, think about spatial design (movement within the space). Creating different levels can create more interesting spaces and can be used to take advantage of onsite level changes.

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Remember though, low-lying decks should still have an air gap under the frame which is imperative to allow joists and bearers to breathe and not remain unnecessary wet.  A minimum of 100mm is recommended, Where the deck is ramset to concrete or paving put 6mm plastic packers underneath to prevent water sitting between the frame and the concrete.

Also think about your overall outdoor living spaces. Perhaps using permanent seating as opposed to moveable patio chairs and loungers. There are pros and cons of both

Garden planters can also be incorporated to break up spaces, add a green element and privacy to your area. I often use the same material to clad these to create continuity of materials and keep a modern look.

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How long do you want your deck to last? This may depend on how long you envisage staying there. Is it an investment property or a long term hold for the family? This may have a bearing on your budget and therefore, what material you will select

Types of Decking

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Pine Decking Building

At the cheapest end 90 x 19mm pine merch or premium (clears) is available. This can be screwed and nailed.
Be aware this has a very limited lifespan and knots can blow out over time.
Slightly better pine products are 90 x 32mm and 140 x 32mm wide-board pine which can last over 10 years.

I often use wide-board pine for people who don’t want to pay for expense of installing hardwood but want a nice modern look and this product can be stained to look like a hardwood if the right high-quality stain such as CD50 is used. This product can also be gun-nailed which saves on labour costs of drilling and screwing.

At the more expensive end you have Vitex or Kwila, Hardwoods imported from the pacific. These must be predrilled before fixing down and are best screw fixed as deck nails can pop-up over time.

Kwila Decks

My personal Favourite is wide-board kwila which has beautiful grains and colour. The downside of this material is its propensity to bleed heavily for a few months after installation which can create staining issues with concrete and paved surfaces nearby.

However, this can be carefully managed and removed with the right chemicals

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Bamboo Deck Builders

Sustainable Bamboo is an alternative to this which gives a hardwood finish and is fixed underneath so it appears as a hardwood floor. This product has a 25- year warranty and is flawless. Popular choice for large commercial jobs

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One down side of this product is that it comes is set lengths so joins can’t be staggered like other Hardwood or Pine. And because it has a rebated groove must be ripped or covered to finish exposed edges on facias and mitres

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