The examples below are all decks which were built on sloping sites.
In actual fact, I have never yet found a site which doesn’t slope to some degree. However, what I am trying to do here is describe how I have built decks on sites which have a significant slope to them. This is a situation to which decking is ideally suited, as it is a reasonably easy way to provide a usable flat surface for seating etc.
Very 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 [...]
New 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 [...]
Wooden 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 [...]
Deck 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 and Raised beds for Sean and Debbi
This deck, situated in Wellingborough, was on a slight slope but in a very sunny part of the garden. Raised beds were added at the side for growing a few fresh vegetables and herbs. This is the site [...]
Deck by Stream for Lisa and Jim
A deck built near a stream at the end of a garden. The decking made a place for a table and chairs, to relax and enjoy the tranquility of this delightful spot. This deck is in Coggenhoe. If [...]
Custom Decking Design for Russ and Zoe
This is another small deck, incorporating an “L” shaped raised area to suit the contours of the site. Here we can see the “L” shaped rased area which was incorporated into the design to suit the contour of [...]
Garden Deck for Caroline and Liam
This deck in Grange Park, was built at the end of the garden to create a useable space for a table and chairs on an otherwise sloping lawn. This part of the garden gets the full sun later in the [...]
Garden 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 [...]
Even a gently sloping site can be a problem for home owners who want a space to put a table and chairs. Decking is ideally suited to this situation because it makes it fairly easy to provide such a flat surface. The alternative would be a “hard landscaping” approach. The site would have to leveled by either excavating the high points or raising the low points. In either case retaining walls would have to be built to hold back the soil or back fill. These walls would of course need substantial footings which would need more excavating.
Decks built on a sloping site, needs no such excavating except for a few holes for the support posts. There are of course, some potential disadvantages to consider. Mostly these are due to the extra height which can mean that suddenly, it is easy to see into your neighbour’s garden (on the other hand it makes it easy to chat to them if you get on well). However, hopefully, the above examples have shown that this can sometimes be overcome by making the deck split level. This again, is much easier to achieve with decking than with other forms of hard landscaping. Also of course, having a raised deck on a sloping site can improve the view if you have an open outlook.
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