Timber Decking Design and construction, Wales, UK

Garden Carpentry are out door carpentry specialists. Our main area of work is in designing and constructing Timber decks, that create unique and practical outdoor living spaces and enhance your property. These include balconies, bridges and domestic decking. Caravan decking, and fencing work. We also design and build sheds, garden buildings and most garden based wooden products

Thursday, 18 July 2019

sleepers, multi level decks and BIG planters!

Here's a garden re-design project we just finished. Built over a heat-wave this deck really had us feeling tropical!

We had a big area to work with here and wanted to break it up but still keep things functional. The owners are very keen gardeners and also wanted separated areas and room to plant some already well established large plants. Heres what we did!

Multi level decking

Retaining wall built in random height reclaimed railway sleepers. Diagonally laid decking and to the left a slatted top for a pond filter unit

decking steps and staircase

Multiple deck levels! 

decking and planters

Well be returning soon to take photos of this planter with its new plants

Garden Design wales

Were loving this new look garden, made even better by blue skys and a summer heat wave, ideal for enjoying a new deck

Hope you like this project, well be adding a whole selection of new decking photos soon

stair cases and summer

I'll keep this short and sweet. Loads of decks being built, large small, roof top decks, big garden decks, sloping decks, etc etc blah blah blah, here a few photos

Here's a roof deck deck we built in Aberystwyth. The garden in this propery wasnt large but adding a roof top deck and making the staircase as compact as possible whilst still keeping the steps easy to use has created a great outdoor living space. A challenging but rewarding design and build for us!

Decking staircase

Decking stair case with multiple landings 

Roof top decking

Roof top decking pano!

privacy fencing

Combined balustrades and privacy railing 

Building the deck

What can I say! If Id known Keith Morris was taking a pic I'd have turned around for him to get my good side! 

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Spring decking catch up

Hi all. Another crazy busy spring. In fact one of our busiest ever. At one point we had a 4 month waiting list but are back down to a couple of months now!

Here's a few recent pics, lots of drone photos to follow soon when it dries up!

Hope you like...

Hows this for a painted shed! after custom building a shed for one of our customers the talented Dean at Marvellous murals did this custom paint job on the side!

Painted shed

Our truck continues to earn its money. These 5 x 4.8 meter long Douglas-fir 150x150mm posts weighed in at around 500KG!!!
More photos to follow on this large sloping deck project soon! If you have a sloping garden and want to add a deck do drop us a line

Douglas fir posts

This replacement balcony really finishes off this house in the woods

decking wales Aberystwyth

Please dont hesitate to contact us for a quote. Were now taking bookings for Autumn 2019 onwards and can probably fit some smaller jobs in over the summer if you dont hang around, thanks for looking at our timber decking ideas gallery.

Thursday, 4 April 2019

Spring decking update

Hi and thanks for taking a look. Since my last upload, about eight weeks we literally havn't stopped working, in what must be our busiest starts to Spring ever, in nearly 20 years of building decks. THANKS TO ALL OUR GREAT CUSTOMERS! 

Here's a selection of what we've been doing in that time. Lots more ongoing jobs to post pictures of soon and do follow our facebook page for regular updates here GC DECKING ON FACEBOOK

Finished railing detail on a recent caravan deck. All timber is smooth finish and treated. Square balustrade rails and boxed off caravan underneath

Timber decking railscaravan decking Wales

Here's a custom spec shed we built. 16x8 foot with double lined, 200mm / 8" thick walls. This is a serious shed that could later be converted into an anex of the property, office etc.

custom built shed

Composite decking with stainless steel posts and 10mm toughened glass panels.

glass panel and steel post decking

here's a garden slope conversion we did in Aberystwyth. The land was unusable previously and now it has this great 9x3 meter decking which nearly doubles the size of the garden.

garden slope decking Aberystwyth

Deck boards laid diagonally and rails incorporating feather edge planks to help with privacy and help block wind

diagonally laid decking

A different angle of the composite, steel and glass decking. The deck boards used for boxing off will be painted a matching grey to match the comp boards.

composite decking Aberystwyth

Thanks for taking a look. If you'd like a free quote please drop us a line. Were very busy and spaces for decks in summer 2019 are running out fast!

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Gripsure Non-slip decking staircase

We've built a few sets of stair and ramps using the Gripsure Non slip deck boards now and they really do what the name says!

One of our customers on this job had taken a nasty fall down the existing staircase due to slippy treads, (caused by the North facing sheltered garden) and so asked us to redesign their garden access for them.

As well as using the non slip deck boards we re-designed the staircase and added a landing at the half way point to allow some 'down' time on the way down.

Here's some before and after photos...

                                                BEFORE! functional but had seen better days

 AFTER - The new dog legged stair case provides a much safer way to access the rear of the property

                               The Gripsure deck boards ensure a year round non slip surface

                  The steps are a generous 11" wide and have 6" drops making very easy walking

Our Gripsure deckboards are supplied by our local Travis Perkins branch, for more info follow the link.

If you have a timber stair case you'd like designing and quoting please drop us a line or call us on 07739031593

This commission is also featured on the Gripsure decking website

Monday, 3 December 2018

Recent Caravan decks and sheds

Havn't posted for a while and with a few weeks planned off over Christmas heres a quick update...

Here we have a walk way deck, with boxing under the caravan and storage entry point at Aberystwyth holiday village  The deck is all built in smooth finish treated timber, which needs no additional staining or treatment

Boxing under the caravan is in 150x22mm sawn planks, (6x1 in old money)

Caravan decking Aberystwyth

When space is an issue standard sheds often aren't option. Here's a custom made garden shed/storage cupboard in Aberdovey. Approx size 2400x1000x1100mm

Custom built and bolted into a concrete pad, this is one little shed that wont blow away in the wind!

custom made sheds wales

Salop Caravans Machynlleth

Here's a Before and after of a newly installed caravan at Penmaenbach caravan park in Cwrt near Pennal and Aberdyfi. Again deck all built in treated, smooth finish softwood and boxing under the van in 100x22mm sawn treated planks. 

caravan timber deck wales

Hope you like the result! 

Caravan decking mid wales

Another view of the deck. 1.8meter wide front section and 1.2 meter wide walkway with steps at both ends. 

The wood looks darker in places, this is due to it having been a very wet week during installation, (cough sneeze) The colour will equal out over the next couple of weeks whilst drying out. 

We keep on working for a couple more weeks so will update again before taking a much needed Christmas break but in the mean time if you have plans for timber decking, fencing, outdoor buildings or similar please drop us an email on gcdecks@gmail.com and well get right back to you.    

Were already fully booked for January and February is nearly booked out as well so 2019 is 
already looking like a busy year

Thanks for taking a look :D

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Composite, Steel and Glass

A little bit different to the recent builds in Douglas fir, Larch and Cedar! Here's one of a selection of Composite and plastic decking we've built.

This particular deck is finished with marine grade stainless steel posts, (needed around the coast), and 10mm toughened glass panels.

composite decking wales

We've used many different types of composite and plastic deck boards over the last year. This particular one is built using UPM ProFi deck boards in Slate Grey colour.

plastic caravan decking wales

We think it gives a really clean crisp look as well as adding more grip than traditional treated deck boards when wet. The deck boards underneath boxing off the caravan and deck are being stained to match the composite boards. 

Were always happy to mix and match out quotes, allowing customers to see the differences in prices between wooden or composite or plastic decking. 

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Curvy little number

Here's something a bit different for us, a curvy deck! Built once again in local organic timber, (Douglas fir)

curved deck

The photo doesn't do the size of this deck much justice, as a rough guide, every run of timber at the centre of the deck is around 9 meters in length.

A deck overlooking a pond, it doesn't get much more relaxing than this! Spot the frog? 

douglas fir timber deck

We used fence posts at the front of the deck to block the underside of the deck and give a rustic finish

Organic decking timber

The sawn boards will now be left to weather and in 6-12 months will be a silvery grey colour. These hard wearing boards will offer a very long lasting deck for the owners to enjoy. 

Hope you like this build! A lot of people assume that summer time is when we are busy, but having traded for over a decade we generally have the same waiting time all year round; so don't wait till spring to think about your outdoor living area, give us a call NOW! 😃😃😃😃

Douglas-fir staircase

Here's a recent build from a garden with tricky access in Aberdyfi.
Our friends at Celtic Masonary had already dug out a huge amount of the cliff and held it back with fantastic stone work, before we got in to install a new staircase to make access to the raised garden easier and safer than the old staircase.

Douglas fir staircase

Custom made Douglas fir stair case - the whole staircase was made on site, after carrying the timber up around 30 steps and through the house! The timber is organically grown and comes form a local saw mill making this build a virtually carbon free project. 

Custom made staircase

Douglas-fir is the hardest softwood available. Its an awesome alternative to treated softwoods and looks great as well.

We've built a lot of 'big' awkward staircases over the last 15 years, and are always up for a challenge. If you have a raised or cliff top garden you'd like help accessing, do give is a call or drop us an email to arrange a visit and quote. THANKS 

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Kids play sheds

Now this was a really fun project to design and build. Our client asked us to make a play shed for their children in an area of wasted land, but also wanted somewhere to sit in an elevation position to watch the sun set. 

The play house is 8x8 foot but taller than average at 2 meters high, (we wanted it to be easy to convert to a shed when the children have outgrown it). With an extended roof to allow for extra outside play space outside when the weather isn't so good!
The Cedar shingle roof gives it a real wendy house look, whilst also being very durable. Need I say anything about the slide? No! The kids smiles flying down it says it all! 

Hope you like. 

Cedar shingle play shed

Wendy house and slide

We think the drone photos really show how an otherwise unused piece of land can be turned into a really useful and great looking addition to any garden. 

Decking with children's play shed

Cedar shed

All of our decking and outdoor buildings are designed individually, please give us a call on 07739031593 or email us on gcdecks@gmail.com for a free quote. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Man cave's and more

Heres a recent man cave we built form someone. All our garden buildings are built to custom specification. This one includes Larch cladding, OSMO wood treatment to ensure the wood doesn't fade, Solid oak flooring, double glazed windows and doors and a full working slate topped bar to finish off the ultimate man cave look! Hope you like

Man Cave Wales

garden buildings wales

man cave bar

garden buildings wales

This building is 4.8x3.6 meters externally. The walls are 8" / 200mm thick and fully insulated. A fibre glass roof offers a long lasting and durable finish, this one is colour matched to the Anthracite doors and windows. 

Lots of decks on the go as well and some photos of Glass panels decking, a play house deck area and more to follow soon. Remember to check us out on facebook for regular updates and pictures. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Busy busy!

It's the annual silly season for us at the moment. With every holiday a new list of customers want work completing by the next big break! As per usual we update our facebook page more regularly but if you dont use it heres a few photos of recent jobs. Lots more to follow over the next few weeks and months.

So here we go...

A Timber frame extension with Larch cladding, a matching Larch deck, (laid diagonally with a border) and hardwood furniture with a custom made concrete top. This table weighs it at over 250KG so no need to worry about strapping it down on windy days.  A big job this one, built in stages and still some more features to be completed,  hence the edited unfinished photo, Well update this one soon!

Larch building and deck

Another building, this time and amenities block for a local caravan park. Built in home grown Larch and sawn on-site. The owners are finishing this themselves with the left side being a toilet and right hand side a kitchen space. 
Larch buildings

Larch sheds

Back to decking, heres a deck we bult for a traditional local property. We wanted to brake up the timber so instead of a wooden ramp had our friends at Celtic Masonary build us this great wall in local stone.

Deck and stone work

We have a few more house decks we need to get finished photos of, and of course it wouldnt be silly season without a ruck load of Caravan decking which were flat out working on. heres one with ranch style rails weve just built with a raised area at the rear to extend sunbathing hours!

Caravan decking West Wales

caravan decking mid wales

So thats a selection of what we've been up to recently. We're about to start on some fencing jobs to add to the mix also, so if there's any outdoor wood work you'd like quoting please drop us a line, call, message on faceook or any other sort of message! 

Thanks for taking a look

Monday, 2 April 2018

Easter decking update

Happy Easter folks. Its been a strange past month, with snow, ice plenty of rain and generally challenging working conditions!
We had a lot of caravan decks booked in to be completed by Easter so its been all go!

Here's a few things we've been doing between sheltering!

So Caravan season is all go, We fitted three new decks and boxed off 4 caravans at Bryn Uchel caravan park over March. They've been working very hard over the winter to re-landscape the park and the site is looking great. All new caravans are fitted with the same style of decking which really helps keeps the standard of the park high.

caravan decking and skirting wales

 Here's a deck we cleaned up, revamped and built a new sturdy rail/fence around in Aberdyfi. We also added a storage cupboard.

decking and fencing wales
As you can see from the before photo, its quite a result! Its a far lighter, brighter and nicer area to make the most of being outside now. 

decking cleaning

We've always prided ourselves on building rock solid decks. We build all our jobs to regulation specification, or above, (as with house/building construction.) Lots of other deck builders, especially on caravan parks scrimp on timber and it shows on the finished products. 

So here's a deck we built 10 years ago near Tywyn. During recent 100mph + winds a number of oak trees fell down on this site causing a lot of damage. I'm pleased to say that other than a small repair to the hand rail, there was no damage done to the decking! BUILT TO LAST! 

fallen oak on deck

caravan decking West Wales

We have lots of work booked in for the next couple of months, heaps of Timber decks on houses and caravans; a couple of nice outdoor buildings and a very funky Man-cave to name a few. 

Check out our photo galleries for more decking images here 

Thanks for taking a look