Our Deck Project with Planters for Screening
Constructing a Deck with Planters for Screening
We like our neighbors, but having some privacy on the deck is important to us too. When my husband started building a deck to hold his grill, it started out as a simple, ground-level wood deck.
Before long, it evolved into a super outdoor living area. I showed him a deck project that I found on the Hometalk site. It included a triple level planter across one side. He liked the idea and incorporated it into our deck.
Here's the way he made the deck.
(photos by Virginia Allain)
Here's the Basic Frame Ready for the Decking to be Applied
Creating the Base for the Deck
My husband wanted to keep it simple, so he laid this framework for the deck. It used a standard sized timber that would fit in his pickup truck bed.
You'll note that he put down black plastic for a weed barrier. The support posts each rest on a concrete paver to keep those from sinking into the ground and to provide stability.
(photo by Virginia Allain)
Take Advantage of All the Great Videos - When Building Your Deck
Take a look at some of these to get the sequence in mind and learn about some of the pitfalls of deck construction.
Add the Surface Boards
Attaching Them to the Frame
To add extra interest to the deck surface, he created a checkerboard pattern rather than have all the boards running in the same direction. He made each square the size of the board so didn't have to cut them.
Check out the video below for details on completing this step.
The Deck Surface in Place
How to Build a Ground Level Deck
Stock in Your Supplies and Tools
You'll need lots of these.
PS - These big batches of screws come in a heavy-duty tub which is great for storing workshop tools in once it's empty.
Avoid Some Common Mistakes - Video Tutorial
Another Tool I Recommend
Speed up the project with a battery powered screwdriver. This is one of my husband's favorite tools. It really saves his wrist and elbow when he has a big project like the deck and planter boxes.
This Is Fun to Watch - A Timelapse Showing a Deck Being Built
Decide How Deep to Make the Planters
The size of the planters determines what plants you can put there.
We made ours deeper than the project plans we started with. I'm glad we did. They are narrow, just the width of the post, so root space is limited.
I opted to put shade loving plants like begonias and such in ours.
More Views of the Deck Project - Photos by Virginia Allain
Get Inspired by Similar Projects
The second listing is the one that inspired our planters.
- Recycle pallets by turning them into a planter. :: Hometalk
Another great way to recycle pallets by turning them into a planter. - I have two of these on my deck that help to splash the area with color for the season. (read more)
- Backyard Deck in New Orleans :: Hometalk
Backyard Deck in New Orleans - Just built this 16 x 16 foot deck in our backyard NOLA home. 4 rows of red cedar planters for herbs and other goodies part of the…
Adding the Planters for the DeckClick thumbnail to view full-size
How We Use the Deck
Views of the finished project.
Enjoying the New Deck - Photos by Virginia Allain
Take This Slogan to Heart - "Measure twice, cut once"
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