Recycling the deck

The entrance to our do up property was a bit of a mess.

The deck had been made to accommodate wheel chair access, but the ramp was now not only an eye sore but unsafe. The wood had rotten and warped. A fibreglass pond full of stagnant water offered a continuous supply of moisture and mosquitoes.

The weed matting was poorly laid, and prevented the existing plants from gaining any nutrients from the natural mulch.

The first thing to do was to take to it with a sledge hammer.

We found that at some stage, a second layer of wood had been placed over the top of the worn and weathered decking timber. We managed to salvage enough wood to create a new, smaller deck. We removed the nails, flipped it, and cut it to size, after replacing a few of the buggered joists.

With a coat of black decking timber paint, it didn’t look as good as new, but was a huge improvement to what was once there. The aim was to make the house a nice place to live, while on a very tight budget. The next owner will be able to add their own touch.

To create a private courtyard, we built a fence and a rather large gate. I wanted the entrance to be rather inconspicuous, adding to the secret garden feel.

The pergola got a lick of paint, and the plants got a prune.

A massive overhaul of the landscaping had us making many trips to the rubbish dump!

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