Carlisle's Premier Landscaper

A lovely new deck for Hal.

composite deck with rocking chair

Hal approached us in the summer to replace his dangerously rotten softwood deck, he enjoyed sitting out on his old deck but the surface had deteriorated badly and he no longer felt safe using it. We had a very full diary but he was fine about waiting and we arrived in very late December to remove the old deck and begin the build.

Hal had chosen a composite board and handrail combination for it’s low-maintenance and non-slip surface.

A slight delay from supply chain issues meant the handrail was not able to be fitted on our first visit but we made it back today and installed the handrails and slatted screen.

The new deck is stable, durable, non-slip and a lovely spot for sitting out. Hal was over the moon with the deck and so are we.

If you’d like to see more of our work visit our projects page.

Composite deck in a frosty Lockerbie!

garden with gravel chips

The frost returned with a vengeance this week but we don’t let a bit of bad weather get in the way of progress at Landform so we headed for Lockerbie to build a composite deck.

Part landscaped already, the area was gravel laid upon a permeable membrane. We only had 150mm of clearance from the top of the gravel to top of wall so had to do the framing slightly differently…

deck framing in c16 4 by 2 pressure treated timber

We hand dug 450mm deep trenches, and concreted span light lintels at 1600mm centers to support the deck frame. The lintels sat proud of the adjacent ground for drainage and airflow.

Next we laid C16 pressure treated joists perpendicular to the beams and infilled with noggins (not shown) ready to take the deking boards. Note the perimeter joists doubled up at 150mm centers to allow for fixing the double picture frame detail.

garden with light grey composite deck and charcoal picture frame detail

Rain and snow did stop play mid-week but we made it back and fitted the composite on Friday. The temperature dropped below freezing before we could wash the area down so please forgive the footprints!

child holding trowel walking on decking

The final result was a perfectly flat, safe and clean area for the whole family to enjoy. Thanks to Anthony and family -we really appreciate the custom and for sending us this lovely photo.

The Landform team love the challenge of a frosty spell.

excavtor in backyard with soil landscaping a Carlisle garden

After a lovely Xmas we returned to work with a packed schedule for the year ahead, beginning with a small project in Linstock. The frozen ground did it’s best to stop work but we soldiered on and managed to pave the area adjacent a base for a new summerhouse that is due to arrive next week. Well done team!

The weather did however win one battle with the frost making the soil almost impenetrable and completely unsuitable for turf – we’ll be back once things warm up to finish up. ☀️