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How to build a deck for a small garden

by emily

in Design & Trends, DIY, Outdoor Living

Having a small garden does not mean that you can’t deck it out with decor and accessories. You can create the perfect oasis from the outside world in a small space with just a few simple additions, such as a wooden deck or with a deck surrounding your swimming pool. You can use this as a fantastic entertainment area where you sit on your deck and watch the sunset with good friends and an even better braai.

You will need to purchase decking supplies in order to build a deck. The process might seem difficult, but outdoor decks are not as tricky as they might seem. If you ask for professional help and guidance, you will find that your deck is built in no time. So, if you are wondering how to introduce a fabulous deck into your garden read on below for some top tips.

Get the right materials

The very first step in building any deck is to get the right materials ready. This includes wooden planks, posts and screws as well as any varnishes and paints you might want to use on your deck. Follow the simple list below for a successful build:

  • A circular saw to cut and shape the wood
  • A sander to ensure it is smooth and will not splinter
  • A drill for screws and other joining methods
  • Rust proof deck screws to ensure the joins are secure
  • Measuring tape for accurate measurements of the area as well as the deck
  • A level to make the deck is steady
  • Weatherproofing wood stain in any colour you choose
  • Caulk or sealant for added protection against the elements

Once you have gathered these materials, you can move on to the next step of creating the perfect deck for your small garden.

Plan out the space

Now that you have all of your decking supplies, you will need to plan out the space. This is vital, especially for a small yard as it will tell you how many wood boards for the flooring you will need. Map out where you would like your deck to be and how far out you would like it to extend (and how far it can really extend) into your garden.

Decide on the dimensions that will best fit your garden and work from there. This will also help to determine the shape of your deck. For example, you might find that a simple square or rectangular deck is the best fit for you or you could decide to create a hexagonal deck. It is important that your deck fits into your yard without making the space seem smaller.

Think about railing

If you would like to include a railing for your deck, you will have to factor this into the size of your deck. If your deck will be taking up a large chunk of your small garden, then a railing will likely make the space seem much smaller, and so it is not ideal to have a railing. You could invest in a half-railing that does not take up much space but that still provides protection for deck users.

Your railing should ideally match the colour of the wood you have used for your deck, as this will ensure a seamless and pleasing aesthetic, but you could decide to be a little different and paint your railing in a different colour. Your railing should be treated in the same way the rest of your deck is to ensure it will last as long. Be sure it is properly secured before you allow anyone to use it to avoid any safety issues.

Raise it up

If you would like to keep your small garden feeling spacious while still having a deck, you should think about creating a raised or floating deck. A floating deck is one which is raised on cement blocks or on pallets, allowing the space around it to seem larger and airier. This is because it will add a different height level which is pleasing to the eye and creates the illusion of space.

A raised deck will need to be sturdy, so be sure to start out with a solid cement foundation. This will help to anchor your deck and ensure that it does not wobble or become unstable when it is used.

You can then decorate your deck however you see fit, such as wrapping fairy lights around the railing or painting it in a vibrant colour. Or you could leave it natural and rustic for a shabby-chic charm. You can even add potted plants to the corners to bring in extra elements of greenery to a small garden. Whatever you choose, be sure to treat the wood and seal it to protect it against the weather and the elements.

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