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Decking tiles over part paved, part raised "wilderness"

Postby mantamark » Thu May 17, 2012 10:43 pm

Hi everyone, i think part of my quest may have been covered before, but i figured i best ask everything in one thread incase different things have a bearing on each other.

Right, down to it. We have a smallish garden, paved around one edge, with a lawn in the centre, a 8x6 shed in one corner with a 2500L semi submerged pond next to it, then what i like to call the wilderness. I think when the garden was first done, it would have been fantastic. From what i can see, they have dug out the pond & used the soil to create a multi layered raised bed effect.

Alas after many years we have bought this house and the garden is a bit tired & feeling a bit sorry for itself. I have been given the task by the wife to make it a nicer place to sit out and have somewhere to entertain.

My idea was to create a raised deck area stepping up from the existing paving, then i was offered some 600x600 decking tiles, and i though, ah, that will make things easier. so i picked them up, then figured out i would need a frame, and supports, and a base etc etc etc.

So, i have a supply of paving slabs, so i was wondering if i could put two layers over the existing paving to raise the level, then flatten out the wilderness area (remove all plants etc) which, given the fact it is a slow incline, if i use all the soil there it will create a natural step, which is what i want, roughly one deck board on its side high.

My problem is, i think i cant do it the way i want to, or i can, but there is a good chance it will go wrong in the not so distant future.

Before i bore you all (ah nuts, bit late for that) i will show you some pictures of what i have to work with, then i will bore you a little more before you can give me some help!





So, there you have it.

Would i be ok to use the slabs to create the elevation on the already paved section? Or would i be better off with posts?

The soil section, once all plant matter is removed, then levelled out, what is my best option to create a base? gravel base with some slabs for the framework to sit on?

Dimensions! I forgot about those.

The Total area is 14m2
The Wild area is 7.05m2
The Paved area is 6.8m2

So its not huge, and in an ideal world i would have it all level, but due to an extension, we dont have easy access to the garden from the front of the house, having to go through patio doors, a single door, then a upvc door to get to the front of the house, so carting all the soil through the house would be backbreaking and would take forever! so my only idea was a dual level.

Though just thinking, i could spread the soil out over the whole area? would that be any easier do you think?

This pic shows the step down to the paved area (130mm)


And the following pics show the difference in levels in the area




I went to B&Q today to have a look at the framing, and decided to have a play with it..



So now i can visualise how it will work with the framing, but need help with the finer details. The following pic shows a section laid out & framed in the shop


So, massive essay thread over with, hoping i will get some good replies & i will do my best to answer anything i have missed out.

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Simply Build It

Postby roquevalente » Wed May 30, 2012 12:45 pm

hello, pretty large essay indeed to work thru, there is 2 basics that you should know when placing a deck:
1) there needs to be a framework underneath to level everything
2) if you want to eliminate weeds then you should put a anti-root cloth underneath.

see for much on this topic of how to build a deck yourself, including spacings of the framework and which sizes wood to use and here is another one pictures on how to build you deck, step by step.

Good luck!
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