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

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Anti Slip Decking and more...

So I'm currently away in Australia, but its not all holiday and Im building a lovely hardwood deck in 'spotted Gum' hardwood while I'm here; photos to follow once Im done.

One of Octobers jobs was a Access ramp for use with a wheel chair in Aberystwyth; the only choice for decking on this job was to use Anti Slip deck boards. These are timber deck boards with integrated strips of resin and grit. This creates a very durable and especially grippy surface to walk on, which is needed when walking or using a wheel chair on a slope

The ramp/platform was built above required regulations needed for such a construction, as we wanted to make sure that turning circles for a wheel chair were easily achievable.

Wheel chair access decking

With a less than 1:16 ratio along the sloping part of the access platform, its ensured a very easy slope to use a wheel chair along.

Decking disabled ramp

Making the ramp from wood, not concrete was both quicker and cheaper, and we like to think it enhances the garden as well.

Anti slip deck boards

Super tough anti slip sections ensure the deck boards are grippy in any weather conditions. Our saw blades really didn't like cutting these boards! 

We're now fully booked for the rest of 2017 and are taking bookings for January 2018 and the rest of next year, please give is a call for a free and competitive quote 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Glass decking rails

Here's a recent job we've built along the Dulas river at Corris caravan park.  The owners wanted to keep their great view of the river and mountain behind it, without compromising the safety of their children and themselves. We used 10mm toughened glass panels custom cut, mounted inside wooden posts with a planed finished top rail. 

Decking glass railings

Glass decking rails

Glass decking rails Wales

Oh another site near Holiday park near Tywyn, we built this multi level timber deck to utilise the otherwise useless sloping area behind it, and provide easy access...

Timber decking wales

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Big slopes in Shrewsbury

Hows this for extending your gardens useable space...

As you can see in the before image, the rear of this property had a large slope, (approx 6 meters over 6 meters), it now has a 50 + square meter decking area.

Sloping deck

Aerial photo of the completed decking with fence panels cut down to link up the lawn and the balcony area

15 meters x 5-7 meters in width, the drop over the front is approx 5 meters

Hope you like this great decking area. Although were based in Wales we regularly work around border towns such as Shrewsbury, Chester, etc. Give us a call or drop us an email on flywithshem@hotmail.com to chat over any ideas

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Silly season update!

So August is here and its right in the middle of silly season for us as per usual.

Were having a really busy year building house and caravan decks, building Garden Buildings and a few other bits n bobs.

We've been working mainly around the Dyfi valley area, around Aberystwyth, Borth and Aberdyfi this past month, here's a few of our recent jobs

Here's another one of our custom design and build garden buildings combined with a 30 square meter decking area. 13x10 foot with a generous 3 foot overhanging roof.
Fed up of planning BBQ's then having to cancel, no problem, just move inside.

Cedar and pine garden studio

The Cedar shingle roof provides a great appearance and with a 40 year warranty given on the shingles it'll outlast most shed roofs!

Cedar roof shed

Pub sheds are big right now, and this slate topped drinks bar is just the ticket for serving up GnTs or fine ales!

Slate top bar

We've also made a few sets of gates recently. Here's a large pair in Aberdyfi

Custom gates Wales

Custom carpentry Aberdovey

We really enjoyed making this lovely Larch timber deck just south of Aberystwyth. Chosen for his hard wearing properties, great colour and because its grown locally in the Dyfi forest, this timber has only travelled 25 miles miles from source, a real carbon zero timber deck!

Larch timber deck wales

Thanks for taking a read. Lots more projects in the pipe line and well get photos up as soon as we get finished. be sure to drop us a line or call Shem on 07739031593 if you'd like a free quote. 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Garden building and sheds

Although Decking is our general daily builds, we also love building outdoor buildings.
We've recently built up a few flat pack sheds and garden studios for people and it reminded us exactly why we hate doing that! They're usually flimsy, badly prepared, not treated or even suitable for some of our harsh uk weather... I could go on.

This prompted me to start building a few more high quality sheds, or garden buildings. These are built to last! are so solid you could insulate and line them if you wanted to use them as an office or anex to your property.

Here's one we just finished building. the body is treated softwood and the roof is cedar shingles, a very durable alternative to traditional roofing slate

Each of our garden buildings are built to a custom spec and individually hand constructed. We don't use kits or sell flat packs.

Garden building wales
custom build summer house
custom shed Wales

Well have more examples of our garden building here over the next few weeks, with flat roof and other designs that we build now before summer really kicks in, (or so I hope)

As per usual we are still busy serving mid and west wales with timber decking design and build services so please don't hesitate to give s a call for a free quote

Monday, 10 April 2017

April 2017 decking update

Loads of decks on the go over the last Month. We've been working all over the place with Decks being built in Pembroke, Shrewsbury and locally around Aberdyfi, Borth and Machynlleth. Here's a few pics of recent jobs.

Here's a 9.6 x 3 meter deck near Aberdovey and Pennal - a really good size deck and great value for money

Pre clearing up, this 22 square meter deck has gates and steps both ends for ease of use and to keep the family dog from wandering around the caravan park in Brithdir near Dolgellau.

Custom made security gates with stainless steel locks that allow opening from both sides. 

Finally, here's a caravan boxed off using 125mm deck boards and steps to match designed to fit in with the slope of the newly contoured bank, (grass yet to grow)

Hope you like this selection of last months work...

Monday, 27 February 2017

Spring is in the air, lets get outside

March is just a day away, and it's time to start enjoying some outdoor living. After a mild start to the year were already busy building new timber decks in peoples gardens and yards in readiness for making the most of spring and summer.

Here's a recent Balcony we built near Shrewsbury. The owners had spent years looking out of windows at the amazing rural view they had before realising that a raised timber deck would allow them to open up their living room and enjoy the view from outside.

Timber deck balcony Shrewsburry

The deck provided a 18-Square meter area and was built from start to finish in two days. A very affordable way to create a great space. 

Decking Shrewsburry

Here's a follow up from a deck we built back in November in Tywyn, near Aberdovey. As planned this large high level deck has now had a conservatory fitted. 
Interested in a similar affordable extension? Give us a call for a free quote on 07739031593

Were always interested in your ideas and love a challenge so please give us a call or write us an email if you'd like us to look at your proposal. We work all over Wales and England building timber decks and creating other outdoor living spaces and buildings. Thanks for taking a look...

Decking conservatory Tywyn

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Creating unique outdoor spaces - Turning a bathroom into a sun terrace

We love a challenge here at Garden Carpentry, and this job certainly created one! 
As with many old welsh cottage, the original toilet block for this cottage was located outside of the property at the bottom of the garden. This one just happened to be raised eight foot above ground level! with the property having been modernised previously this small but useful space, (12x8 foot) had been forgotten and become over grown. 

Our brief was to create a sun terrace type garden in what was the toilet block! 

We started by removing the outer wall.

stone wall

A window was replaced by a door by a local double glassing company, allowing external access. This left a gap of around 5 foot between the door and the old bathroom area.

new door

Here the initial view looking out of the house can be seen, staring at an old wall and our ladder highlighting the gap between the property and the previously hidden space.

Beneath you can see the access onto the new timber decking area.
sun terrace ynyslas - decking

The final result was a 16x8 foot decking area with integrated bench and a combination of fence and railing to ensure privacy for both the deck owner and the neighbours. 

Decking sun terrace Borth

Heres' a before and after looking back at the property 

Timber decking with fence Aberdyfi

... and looking in the opposite direction at the old toilet bowls and now the useful decking area. 

 To add some scale to the job, here's the view looking up at the decking from the alley below.

Before and after decking photo

Have you got an area of your garden or house you'd like to improve? Call us to arrange a free site visit and quote on 07739031593

What are you Garden plans for 2017

Happy New year! So what have you got planned for your garden, home, or caravan this year?

We often find that the majority of people we speak too, don't really think about their gardens until the first warm sunny weekend of the year, generally sometime in April or May. We then get a rush of enquiries all carrying the theme of "When could you start our decking." Our answer to this question is usually "In a couple of months"
There are those of course that get us in nice and early, get the new decking built over winter and then enjoy it as soon as the sun comes out! This year we have a great selection of decking installations planned for the new few months, including first floor balconies, caravan decks, some glamping pods and a larch 'herring bone style' deck. If you have an idea you'd like to explore, or you'd like us to design a deck for you, give us a call on 07739031593 or drop us an email, (details available on our home page.)

In the mean time, here's a few jobs from the last couple of months.

Excuse the off cuts in this photo, I needed to rush to get a photo before the sun set! This is out first timber deck on Llawr Betws Caravan park near Corwen and Bala. This great size deck gets sun from dawn till dusk, to allow the owners to follow the sun throughout the day. It also gives their pet dog a great area to wander without a lead.

timber deck aeriel photo

Although not all visible, this large and high level 'L shape' deck has created a huge living space over otherwise hard to use sloping ground. Yet another case of offcuts or in this case old staircase not cleared due to wanting a photo before it got dark, roll on summer evenings!)
This deck is also acting as a base for a conservatory, to be fitted soon.

timber deck balcony

Decks are all about creating great useable spaces to enjoy outdoor living and of course ideally getting that view! Ok - so its a misty day in the mountains here at Bryn Uchel caravan park but these raised decks let you see over the tops of your neighbours caravans letting you enjoy the view down the valley. A staircase at the back of the caravan allows easy access up and down. Especially handy after relaxing on your decking with a beer or wine!
mid wales timber decking