Raised Decks


These decks are all raised, for a specific purpose or to suit site conditions such as slopes.

In actual fact, every deck I build is a raised deck. The reason is that the deck planking has to be fixed to a support frame and this is usually, at least 90mm (4″) deep. Also, it is best practice to keep this frame clear of the soil. However, in his section, I have shown examples of decking projects which are significantly raised for whatever reason. Usually, this is because part of the site is steeply sloping, but in some cases it is to bring the deck up to a height where it is level with an existing door sill.


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 […]

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 […]

raised-deck-northamptonRaised Deck for Lee and Donna – Duston

The brief here was to create a useable decking area immediately outside the rear door of the extension, which as you can see is quite a bit higher than the garden. This deck is situated in Duston, Northampton   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 […]


It should be noted that as of 1st October 2008, decks may need planning permission if they are more than 300mm above the ground. I always find this a bit contentious because in many situations, it would be impossible to adhere to without having dips and hollows in the deck, which follow the contours of the ground on which it is built. Does the 300mm rule apply to the highest peak or the lowest dip? In which case, what if the site is sloping?

As ever, it is the homeowners responsibility to check with the local authority. It is also wise to consult with neighbours, especially if a raised deck is likely to infringe on their privacy.

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