Large Decks


For the purpose of this portfolio, I have classified large decks as being those which are over about 35 square metres in area.

In this section you will find details of how I built a number of these large decks. All the decks in this portfolio are either classified as large or small, so you will find about half of all the decks in my portfolio in this section. Feel free to browse around but if you want less examples to choose from, then try a different category such as “raised decks”, or “decks on sloping sites”.

decking-project-northamptonVery large garden deck called “Frank”

With a surface area of around 140 square metres, this is the largest decking project I have undertaken to date. The garden deck is situated in Northamptonshire and has many features, including a hot tub. We couldn’t keep referring to […]

large-raised-deck-wellingboroughLarge Raised Decking Project for Paul and Elizabeth

This was another large and somewhat unusual project situated in Great Doddington near Wellingborough. The customer had an existing raised patio built on four supporting walls to create storage areas beneath. The original patio paving was “tired”, the handrail was […]

deck-around-poolDecking Around Pool for Tim and Lorraine

This deck was built around a kidney shaped swimming pool. It replaced a poorly built deck which had rotted in a very short time. The deck is situated between Boughton and Pitsford.   Here is the pool with the finished […]

002-main-wootton-large-deckingWooden Decking for David and Kay – Wootton

Situated in Wootton, Northampton, this is actually three decks, built on a sloping site (both left to right and also front to back) so they are raised at the front but also split level to keep them as low as […]

display-deck-wooden-suppliesNew Deck Display for Wooden Supplies

This is the second deck display that I have built for Wooden Supplies in Harlestone, Northampton.  It was designed by them with the objective of displaying the range of “Q-Deck” decking boards which they supply. The original deck display was […]

large-deck-with-handrailsSplit Level Deck for Dave and Joanne

This large, split level deck in Upton is around 70 square metres, and was built on different levels to give individual defined areas. The deck incorporates LED lighting, handrails and features a discreet hatch to give access to a grey […]

split-level-deck-northamptonWood Decking with Handrails for Steve and Maxine

This is an interesting deck in that it has many features. It is a large “L” shaped deck, built on a sloping site, is split level and has balustrading all around. The deck is situated in my home village of […]

deck-with-water-featureDeck with Water Feature for Mark and Abi

It is difficult to know where to start in describing this deck as it incorporates so many features. It was built in Billing, partly over an existing paved area, and partly over lawn. The lower section finishes flush with the […]

decking-mawsley-villageLarge Raised Deck with Handrails for Matt and Laura

This was an ideal site for decking because of the sloping nature of the garden.     This is one view of the finished decking taken from the upper level. The total area of decking was about 65 square metres […]

deck-on-sloping-siteRaised Decking on Sloping Site for Rob and Anita

A large deck on a very steeply sloping site and incorporating balustrading for safety reasons. Built around existing steps and tree. Continue reading

deck-displayTimber Decking Display for Wooden Supplies

This is the display I built for “Wooden Supplies”, formerly HFS Timber (Harlestone Firs Sawmill). It is a bit of a “mishmash” but it was designed to show people what is possible and to give some ideas. This deck was […]

garden-decking-dentonTimber Decking around Conservatory for Phil and Christine

The brief here was for a decked area to be built around the existing conservatory, with steps down linking it to a second deck to be built over an existing “sunken” paved area. The deck is situated in Denton. It […]

deck-installationOur Deck

This is quite pretty because, unlike most of the other pictures, this is long established. This is my own “back yard”, built about 10 years ago. I have to admit though that the frame is not as I build them […]

deck-at-billingGarden Decking for Chris and Thui

This large garden deck, situated in Billing, was built on a sloping site and incorporates LED lighting around the edges, by each Newel post and also on the front faces of the steps.   The deck was built as a […]

split-level-deckSplit Level Decking for Lynn and Ron

This deck was built to cover a very tired old patio made from “crazy paving”. It was probably a more cost effective solution than removing and disposing of all the old broken slabs and then replacing them with new.   […]

large-wooden-deckDecking with Raised Planters for Sheena and Phil

This is a large deck on Wootton Fields, covering most of the rear garden, to provide a low maintenance area for entertaining and leisure. Raised beds were incorporated and “stand alone” planters were made from matching decking timber. The brief […]

deck-with-raised-bedsDecking and Raised Beds for Sherri and Pete

This big decking project in Crick, involved the whole of the rear garden.     This is just one corner of the garden. There are actually two decks and seven raised beds. Because of all the mounds of soil, shed […]


With regard to large decks, it should be born in mind that as of 1st October 2008, surfaces including decking, should not cover more than 50% of a property’s garden. The reason for this is to do with surface water run off. Personally I think it is daft when applied to decking that has gaps between the planks and is therefore a porous surface. Ultimately though, it is the home owner’s responsibility to check with the local authority.

Most people would say that the size of a deck should be in proportion to the size of the garden. However, large decks can be disguised by growing plants in pots or containers. If, like me, your garden is solid clay, then this is a much better way of growing things. I prefer to think of decking as just another type of surface, like grass or paving. So large decks are just another part of the garden, rather than something which is in the garden.


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