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


Monday, 27 July 2020

Cedar Fence

Here's a fence we worked on closely with the customers and the local saw mill

Fencing Aberdovey


Ours customers wanted a style of fence they'd seen a photo of online. We see a lot of this at the moment with apps like Pintrest and Instagram being great sources of inspiration for people's homes and gardens.
However! much of the time the timbers used are local to places like the US and Australia and aren't available here in the UK or are available but at a huge cost compared to using local timber. This was the case with this design and build.

So! Once we decided on a plan we started ordering samples from various importers. The cost per meter was especially relevant with such a large fence and so many battens being used - some imported timbers came in at £5 per meter in comparison to treated sawn timbers from national builders merchants being under £1. (Obviously you get what you pay for here)

The final product came from our local mill, Dyfi Timber. The finished sawn quality is second to none and even smoother than some planed samples! The cost isn't far off that of standard treated timbers either so it really is a great option and cuts down on Carbon miles from importing timbers from around the globe.

WHAT TIMBER?

For the posts we used Douglas-fir, know for its strength and durability. and for the slats, locally grown Western Red Cedar, again known for its ability to last in wet conditions. It also machines really well so even when just sawn has a smooth finish, and of course its unique colour and smell.

Here's a few photos showing the product life cycle starting at the mill and finishing off 6 miles down the road as a finished fence or as our clients called it a Timber Screen

Dyfi saw mill

The pre cut trees beginning their trip through the saw mill

Esgair timber

Loaded and ready to go!

fencing Aberdyfi

Douglas fir posts concreted into the existing wall

Cedar fencing Wales

Cedar slats going on

Cedar fencing Wales

The finished item, a cedar screen fence 


Thanks for taking a look, drop us a line or a call on 07739031593 if you'd like to chat over a fencing or decking design and build with us. 






Saturday, 27 June 2020

GAS FIRE TABLE AND SEATING AREA

Here's something a bit different. A gas fired fire pit or as this one is a fire table.
Ideal for when you leave it a bit last minute or don't want smoke in your face!

Our customer wanted a permanent seating area, with built in storage and a fire to keep them warm on cold evenings.
All done with a 3 day turn around in this compact and maintenance free garden in Aberystwyth.

Fire pit garden


fire pit deck


gas fire table

These gas fire pits cant be fitted around any table design you require and in various sizes. We can see these fire tables being very popular! 

Were super busy this year with everyone using their gardens more and more due to the Covid 19 lockdown, so please do give us a call ASAP if you are planning a deck, outdoor seating area or Covered outdoor area for less perfect weather. 

Thanks :-D 

Lockdown Caravan decking

Caravan parks may be shut in Wales and the rest of the UK due to the current Covid-19 lockdown measures but we are still allowed to work on sites and are doing our best to get all the caravan decking we have completed before sites re-open. rumours have it the sites will reopen in July if we stay on the current timeline.

Anyway, heres a couple of decks we just completed on 'Y Fron' caravan park in Borth, Ceredigion.

Here's a couple of 'Before' photos
of an area we wanted to make easier to walk around and smarten up. The site had a lot of uneven ground where the concrete had cracked over the years and a step between the side and the front of the caravan.


As you can see in the finished photos, the site is all now on one level, so easier to use and also looks a lot nicer.



decking y Fron BorthY fron Borth







Tuesday, 28 April 2020

FIRE PIT AND LOCAL TIMBERS

THE LOCKDOWN DECKING UPDATE!

So! Id like to say it was a busy build up to Easter but it wasnt! After a year wet start to the year, we'd been looking forward to Spring and then BOOM - Covid 19 comes along as see's us all on lockdown. Builders merchants closed and that shut down the majority of trades in the UK Health and family comes first though so it was time to work on our own homes and gardens and for once 'The Builders' homes got finished! I built my own decking seating area sometime ago and over lock down its been a great space for sitting out with a craft beer or a glass of wine whilst chatting with the family and watching stars or 'Starlink' passing by in the evenings. Having a roaring fire makes a huge difference to how much time you can spend outside and really sets the mood.

The deck and seating area is made in Douglas-fir, another great home grown alternative to treated deck-boards or hardwood decking. the firepit is a combination of Granite and Beach stone, (I'm allowed to use beach stone as my house is built from it, in general its illegal to remove stones form beaches) Rhys at Celtic Masonry build the fire-pit for us
With closures of pubs and cafe bars I decided to use some left over wainey edged timber to knock up a bar as well, I think it finishes off the garden outdoor space quite well :-)



LARCH BALCONY

Here's a job we really enjoyed building, gain using timber and this time Larch we built this access and seating area on this soon to be converted barn near Tywyn in BrynCrug


 The natural and durable timber really works well with the traditional old building. Larch as a timber is superbly hard wearing, a great colour whether stained to stay natural or left to go silver and best all grows in abundance in the UK. As an additional bonus it doesn't cost much more than treated timber form your local timber merchant so is also very affordable


Larch and Douglas-for are both great options for decking. Both are super strong and dry very hard which makes them very durable. Pricing is competitive and its great to use a product that hasn't been shipped half way around the globe! We have a lot of examples of work in these timbers and samples are always available Another great local option is home grown Cedar


Work wise now, it's the end of April and we are re-starting work part time this week where it's safe for us to work in isolation. Lucky for us we work in gardens! Our waiting list is delayed due to having had a month off the tools so please bare with us, but dont delay asking for a quote because we are as busy as ever 

Thanks for taking a read and stay safe! 




Thursday, 12 December 2019

Steel, plastic and stair-cases

Every now and again I decide that timber isn't the correct material for the job at hand - not often I must admit but this commission was one such case.

The customers needed to replace a badly built bridge and wonky awkward steps. The area was dark and had constant water flow from the cliff so timber was not suitable for the base level of the job.

So! as an alternative we used Steel I beams to span the gap, on top of that we used Carbon Negative recycled plastic structural grade beams and instead of timber decking went for a composite deck board in a stylish mist grey colour.

Im yet to find a composite rail thats customisable to exact degree of such stair cases and that provides adequate strength for such an area so we used Treated timber for the rails and coloured in an exact matching, specialist timber decking stain.

Here's the result, hope you like

composite decking staircase

Carbon negative plastic joists


Steel, plastic and composite decking

composite decking staircase Aberdovey



Monday, 11 November 2019

Caravan Decking

As per most years its been a busy year on Caravan decking, heres a selection of caravan decking jobs we've built over this years season.

composite caravan decking

Here's a caravan deck finished with Composite deck boards, stainless steel posts and 10mm toughened glass panels. Tiber surround was painted grey to match later on. Location Bryn Uchel Caravan park Machynlleth

raised decking Aberdovey

Raised decking near Aberdovey at Penmaenbach caravan park

decking Aberdyfi

Low level decking Aberdyfi 

Decking Penmaen bach

Caravan decking finished with 4x1 sawn treated timbers

Caravan decking Borth

Another high level decking, this time on Y Fron Holiday park Borth 










Thursday, 31 October 2019

Herring-bone decking design

Here's another deck we recently worked on, a really cracking useable area Im sure you'll agree. We wanted to break up the single level area so used a herring bone style design when laying the deck boards. 



Decking design UK

Herring bone deck design

Garden deck design wales






Before and after sloping garden deck



Here's a before and after photo of a recent design and build we did near Aberystwyth. This steep sloping garden was totally useable space as can be seen. 


It's now a 7x5 Meter very useable outdoor space. We are happy to consider work all over the UK, so please drop us a line if you have a garden project you'd like us to quote on. You can email us on gcdecks@gmail.com  

Lots more photos of sloping gardens including access builds like this decking staircase here.






Sloping garden deckSloping garden deck


Wednesday, 25 September 2019

More high level decks and sloping gardens

We've had some great customers to work with recently, again! It's great being able to design projects with customers that have a real vision for what they want; and we love making the idea a reality.

First up, heres some aerial photos of the high level deck with built on an old railway embankment over summer

High level decking
 High level timber deck with Glass Panels on front elevation


Sloping garden decking wales

5 Meter high front legs cut in Local Douglas fir levelled off this sloping garden with ease! 


We call this a Garden Extension. This deck gave these home owners an extra 55 square meters of Garden Living Space

If you have a sloping garden you'd like turning into living space, please drop us a line for a free quote. You may be surprised at how affordable it is, (we actually prefer building high level decks to ground level ones)



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!