DECKS & OUTDOORS

Rear Decks & Stairs Sand/Oil

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This was a really interesting job, as the client chose a colour which ended up being too blue.

 

We took another oil and coated it with more of a grey (which is what the owner intended in the beginning).

 

The lovely thing about this you can still see the grain of the wood. Below are more details of the deck and the attention to detail.


A rewarding job and a very happy client.

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The deck from the top

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Notice in the close-up the wood grain is still present

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The deck in its original condition

Replacing a rotted-pine Balcony Decking for a Merbau - hardwood Deck

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The original pine decking had high exposure to a large amount of rain and shade (as the house was in a gully).

 

The pine had rotted in sections and was making the deck both slippery and dangerous to walk on. The old planks were methodically pulled out and replaced with stainless steel screws & merbau hardwood.


As you can see the new Merbau deck has been oiled and is rich in character.

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The start of the job. Notice the colour of the rotting pine planks- both unattractive and unsafe.

Remove old Pine Decking and replace with Ekodeck  

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This unique decking material is made from over 90% reclaimed timber, bamboo and recycled plastic (High Density Polyethylene).

 

The specs mention it does not require any oiling or sanding over its lifetime. 


It looks similar to timber, seemed to be very heavy (in weight), flexible and a little more challenging to work with (compared to trimming & laying timber).

 

Overall, the effect is great, especially for people who like less maintenance around the home.

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The existing deck

Sizing up Ekodeck

Outdoor Timber Stair Rejuvenation

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Although these stairs were only 1.5 years old, it seemed as though they were only oiled once & due to their high exposure to the sun for most of the day, faded quickly. They looked great when finished!!

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Detail of the oiled stairs

The stairs in original condition

Sand & Stain on small Deck & Stairs

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This little deck and stairs were very weather beaten.They required a comprehensive sand, followed by and water-based staining.

 

They came out looking great! A small, but rewarding job.

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Partially sanded deck & stairs

Sand & Oil Decks in a Small Courtyard

Both these decks were rather sun- beaten and required a sand and an oil.

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Both decks prior to commencement of work

Decking Sand & Oil

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A client's decking had not been oiled since it was built 5 years ago. The Merbau decking was grey and warped due to excessive UV exposure.

Some of the boards required removal and replacement.

Then the deck was sanded and oiled.

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The deck prior to sanding & oiling

Rejuvenate Small Raised Deck

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This  raised deck was in need of some attention as it had been neglected over the years.

 

I maximised on the natural look of the timber with a neutral timber oil. 

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Deck sanded back

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Deck prior to any work beginning

Sand & Oil Deck

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This deck in a rear garden required sanding & oiling due to it's high sun exposure.

It was sanded and then had 2 coats of oil applied.

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The deck sanded


Clean Sandstone Benches & Seal

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The sandstone had not been cleaned for some time and required a clean. Pressure cleaning was used without any harsh chemicals.

 

Once dry, a specialised sealant was applied.

 

The client was amazed at the brightness of the sandstone, bringing it back to it's original colour.

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The sandstone benches prior to work commencing


Brick Pillar Restoration

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This pillar over time deteriorated and required dismantling and re-building.

 

Each brick was removed (old mortar removed) and re-cemented.

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The pillar beforehand

Sanding & re-oiling Wooden features in a Small Courtyard

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The wood on all 3 jobs had greyed (due to UV, age & extensive rain) and required sanding and oiling.

 

The appearance of the natural oil finish has warmed the intimate garden.

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Original colour

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The sanding process

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Partially sanded

Rejuvenate Garden Bench

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Garden bench prior to sanding.

A garden bench was damaged by excessive sun over the years. It was carefully sanded and oiled, giving it a fresh new look.

The client was quite happy, as originally she wanted me to replace all the wood, saving considerable amount of money.

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A closer photo of the bench sanded.

Replacement of a Large Pergola Roof with Corrugated Polycarbonate

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The client was unhappy about the lack of natural light the existing pergola roof was providing. This affected light in her lounge-room and kitchen.

 

My suggestion was to replace the existing with polycarbonate sheeting.

 

This comes in varying grades (Clear-as seen above to Dark Grey). The great thing about this sheeting is it's very durable and has the following specs:
Light Transmission 91%
Heat Transmission 85% .


The client was happy with this as she enjoys the sun in her back garden and really wanted to enjoy the passive light available to her. She was very happy with the amount of natural light it provided.

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Kitchen sunlight

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Old roofing removed

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Existing roof to be removed

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Prepping timbers

Install Narrow Clothes Line

A client required a fixed clothesline on his balcony.

 

The great thing about this clothes-line is, it's narrow, so it can be fixed to a narrow wall and fold down when not in use.

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The clothes line folded down

Angled box to keep away birds

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On top of this window-sill, birds would once nest.

 

The client originally placed chicken wire up top, however birds were still able to nest.

 

Using marine-ply, I built an angled cover, preventing the birds re-nesting.

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The area once the mesh was removed

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The open area

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Nesting material amongst the mesh