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

Saturday, 16 March 2013

VIDEO: A video of the construction of a recent deck

Its all go here in Mid Wales, the weather has been cold but sunny and people are clearly thinking about home improvements and their gardens in time for summer.

We've got some really interesting jobs booked in, including a really nice design for a multi level deck in Aberdyfi, so watch this space for regular photo updates of more of our decks.

Ive always though it would be great to film the whole production of a deck, so I took the GoPro to work and got working on it.

Dont worry, its not 3 days worth of footage, I've time lapsed the key parts and added a few other bits in as well.

Hope you enjoy it...

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Monday, 4 March 2013

The first caravan deck of the crazy season!

So its kicked off! The sun has shined for the best part of three weeks here in sunny mid west Wales. The phone has been crazy, as has my quote book, and its all go.

Here's the first of this years caravan decks, finished just in time for open weekend at Cwm Llynau here in the Dyfi valley.

Its still not quite finished as we have to go back to box off under neath the caravan and along the edge of the decking, so Il add another photo later in the week once this is done.

Here it is before. As you can see theres a substantial difference in height along the edge of the caravan. This would have made constructing a patio very timely and expensive. Decking was once again the perfect option! 

Heres the finished job, minus the caravan cladding as mentioned above. 

Teh view off the front is pretty awesome as well, especially when the planes pass below! A fairly regular sight here in mid North wales

Hope your all enjoying what seems to be a great early start to spring. 


Monday, 25 February 2013

Its amazing the difference a bit of sun makes!

It really is amazing the difference a bit of sun makes! It may still be cold in the deepest depths of Mid West Wales, but the sun is out and clearly people are thinking about spending some quality time in the gardens and at their caravans.

The phone hasn't stopped and were already flat out on installing timber decks and caravan decks. Our waiting list is growing by the day, so, to avoid disappointment if your planning on having a deck in time for a special event or occasion, or you just want to enjoy your Easter holidays sat relaxing...with a glass of something, give us a call on 07739031593. Or the land line which is posted at the top of the blog.

Here's a few shots of the last years decks taken in the spring sunshine...

This intergreated fence helps block the wind and also adds privacy to the decked area. Especially useful here where the decking overlooks the first T off on Aberdyfi golf course

When building our decks we ensure all end grain is hidden. Helping to ensure less water absorption and adding to the quality of the finishing.  

Standard hand rail, steps and gate on a caravan deck. 

6 foot/ 1,8 meter wide caravan decking. 

May the sun continue to shine on Wales! Happy spring every one...

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Timber Decking Wales...Some fencing as well!

Its not just decking...

Although Decking is our main area of work, we also carry out all other forms of outdoor carpentry. We regularly terrace gardens, turning steep or wastes space into  leveled areas and planting areas to grow veggies or simply add some flowers to your garden to enhance what you may already have planted.

Fencing is another area we specialize in, although for some reason I haven't posted pictures of many of the fences we've built for people in this blog. So here's a catch up on fencing photos, and Ill try to show a variation of some of the styles that are available.

The type of fence you have installed will of course depend on your needs and the environment you live. if you live some where such as Borth or parts of the Dyfi valley where the wind blows strongly, Id avoid having a solid fence or panels, and instead look at a fence that will allow the wind to pass through it, and therefore place less pressure on the posts and keep your fence standing up right!

                                                            FEATHER EDGE

This is a 'feather edged' hand built fence on quite a slope! It may look like panels, but each section is individually fitted on site to ensure a strong and secure border. The gaps at the base of each section where planted with bushes to cover the exposed bank.
The main advantage too stepping the fence rather than following the natural slope of the land is that it creates more privacy than the latter option. Each job is different and these are things we will consider and also 'string out' prior to starting the installation.

This particular job was reasonably difficult, not just due to the nature of the post positioning, but due to the materials having to first be carried through the house and then up the bank above the house. Anything is possible though! 


A simple picket fence, built properly can add an attractive border to your property. For this particular job, (being next to the main road, and having already been knocked over once by a speeding car), We decided to beef up the posts by inserting 4x4 inch posts instead of the usual 3x3 we would use for this height of fence. Gates are built in the style of the fence and add to the unity of the installation. 

                                                              HIT AND MISS
A great option for windy areas where a total block or large fence is needed. Hit and miss can be built vertically or horizontally. The  fence has timber on both sides creating the same appearance either side. The gaps can be staggered to create more or less of a gap through the fence. This is an especially strong and resistant fence that will out last most other designs. In the pictures below, Concrete posts have been used to further more extend the longevity of the construction.

The area without two sections of uprights below, was only left due to the neighbor's shed not being able to be moved. The fence however created a block in itself.
To finish we use a 6"x1" capping to ensure no end grain is exposed and prevent water from entering the lengths of timber, especially important for extending the life of the timber fence.

...and here we have hit and  miss built Horizontally. I added a trellice to the top of the fence to help add a decorative touch to the fence. A over lapping gap in the ground plan allowed a gap into the garden without needing a gate but still ensuring privacy in the hot tub area. In this particular job we also added a multi level decking area to further more enhance the clients garden. 


Some customers require a fence to go along with a deck or railed area. Rather than build this as a separate entity, the fence can be combined into the other project, reducing costs and helping to produce a more aesthetic finish. This area was designed to stop the wind that funneled through the caravan park in Aberdovey.  

For more combined decking and fencing work please look here.


This brief for this fence was to create totally privacy, but also complement the garden. The fence neighbored a children's park and was also on the coast. 

Every thing was made larger and stronger to ensure the fence could withstand the elements within its environment! Two boards where used as a kicker plate to add extra height to the fence and help rigidity. As with other jobs, a capping rail ensured water would not enter the end grain, whilst also adding to the end finish of the fence and again helping strength.

Photo taken using a wide angle lens, hence the curved appearance!

Most of the fences featured have been built using treated softwoods. We do however have a local supplier that can supply fencing timber in local timbers such as Spruce, Cedar, Larch and others. 

Ill be adding to this fencing link, as and when I get round to taking photos of other jobs, so please come back and have another look, or sign up to our subscription. 

To view some previous posts with Welsh timber decking jobs click here.

We are happy to quote and fit fencing all over Wales and the boarder counties, please call us to arrange a visit or discuss any options you may have. 01654791342 or If I'm on a job on 07739031593. 

Thanks for taking a look

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Cover up job!

Heres another recent job, built up on the hill side at Aberdovey, (Aberdyfi). This house had previously had a massive amoutn of concrete steps and ramps in what should have been a useable front garden. 

Removing all of the concrete would have been a huge and costly process, so we removed what could be taken out easily and designed a decking to fit over and cover the remaining. 

With the owners not wanting railing we kept the decking area simple yet spacious enough to cater for their needs. Railings would have taken from the view over looking the Dyfi estuary.

The decking also has feature lighting to highlight the steps at night, as this is the main entrance to the property. Well be adding extra photos to this thread soon.

Thanks for taking a read, to take a look at some other Timber decks in the aberdyfi area click here. 

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

A chilly time of year!

The weather has certainly gone cold here in West Wales, which make sit a perfect time of year to catch up with office work, promotion and anything else that involves me being next to a lap top and not on tools freezing my fingers off!

One thing I've added us to is FREEINDEX, here... Timber decking in Wales Its just another promotional tools but also has a facility for independant reviews, so any new customers can think what my previous customers think of me and the quality of our work. So far so good...and if you've had work done by us, please do leave a review here... Leave a garden carpentry review

I've also been putting some pictures together as slide shows and videos. I'm still collecting more footage for a video but here's a slide show for now ...

In the mean time, weve got our first two jobs of the up and coming spring season booked in...once it warms up a little, so if your thinking of adding a decking to your home or caravan or planning a new fence, please give us a call and ask for a quote. Im also building a new website, but will still use this a the main timber decking gallery. 

Hope youve all had a great Christmas and New Year