Decks on Sloping Gardens. Decking Ideas

How to Build Decking on a Slope

The easiest and most cost effective way to bring a sloping garden into use is by the provision of decking on a slope.

A good, well built deck on a sloping garden can be a safety necessity or sheer usage of wasted space. One of the other options is to go for ground cover shrubs - or maybe terracing the garden with its resultant retaining walls. But for space utilisation then a decking on a slope must rank amongst the best solutions.

Decks on sloping garden are not for the fainthearted. As well as normal building techniques, they tend to require a much greater degree of physical effort and a degree of nimbleness! 

How to go about Building a deck on a Sloping Garden.

All of the examples that follow, are on varying degrees of slope - from the gentle slope that seemed as though it would benefit from a deck, to the sever, dangerous slope, about which something just had to be done. Read these general hints for decks on sloping gardens. Those hints will point you in the right direction re how to build decking on a slope

One of the most important factors to determine before starting your decking on a slope, is whether the ground has been made up over the last ten - fifteen years, or is the more stable cutaway embankment. If the ground is 'tipped' soil or rubble that has not had time to fully settle and consolidate, then decking should not take place unless you can be certain of digging through the un-compacted soil to find the basic unfilled bank. If this cannot be done, then there is nothing to stop the deck from settling along with any settlement of the bank over the years. Any future possibility of subsidence or earth slippage should also be investigated -  by a professional.

Whatever the outcome of your initial investigations, it would be wise to employ the services of a professional and experienced decking company.

Raised Deck on Very Steep Slope. There was no other way to extend this harden - or even make use of the existing garden with the very steep slope - other than to install a deck at the edge of the slope.

Large Deck over steep sloping garden bank. This is a large deck that took considerable expertise - and not a little extra physical effort.

Deck Patio Raised out over steep slope. A huge difference was made to the existing patio area when it was swapped for and extended deck over the steeply sloping garden bank. Decking on a sloped garden really paid off here.

Sloping Garden with decks. two main decks and connecting staircase pathway were a feature on this sloping garden. Both areas will give pointers about how to build decking on a slope.


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