About 6 months ago (laughingly called summer here in the UK) my aunty wanted a deck to replace a patio that had been destroyed during some building work they had had done.

Here's how I did it!

Step 1: On the Slippery Slop to Nowhere

The amount of in-fill you'd need to level this area would be tons.

You can see the slope by following the line of bricks along.

Most sensible way to create a level seating area is a raised deck.
<p>It can be argued that all of the permits and inspections are about revenue and getting the information to the tax assessors for your next bill, but if it was only about revenue, there would be no need to send an inspector and get a green tag. I built everything on my 5 acres with no permits or inspections, out in rural Texas, It was a liberating experience after the East Coast. I followed codes even though there would be no one scrutinizing my work. Rural America is rife with collapsing structures, built with no standards, and we hear periodically about decks collapsing while the wedding party is gathering for pictures or children caught between balusters anchored too far apart, all code issues. My heirs may have trouble selling since it will be hard for a buyer to find a lender willing to enter into any long term deal involving structures with no permits.</p>
Looks great - Please build my deck.
this deck is really good. keep up the work.
I think this decking is great! Really like the lights, just needs a Patio Heater, Table, Chairs and Not forgetting a good bottle of wine and your set.
In most of the US, spacers are required to be 16" or 24" apart depending on what material you use. Oh, and Home Owners Association (HOA) approval and usually at least a building permit from the county. Any such restrictions in the UK?
I didn't know there would be any retrictions in the US regarding this sort of thing.<br/><br/>There isn't any that I'm aware of over here.<br/>Follow this link for more info.<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/england/genpub/en/1115315235239.html">Planning and building regs</a><br/><br/>As always common sense requires a fairly solid structure if you're going to have people walking about on it.<br/><br/>If this isn't accurate please feel free to correct me (nicely)<br/>
Planning Permission for a patio/deck? Thought Holland was overregulated but The Home of the Free beats us everytime! Nice deck, Beado. Wouldn't mozzie-breeding puddles form in your recycled binliners (where did the rubbish go, btw?), or does the slope take care of that?
Although the bags overlap, there is still a gap between which the water can drain. I suppose the permission is in case it spoils your neighbours view of the ground!!! The rubbish from the bin liners was just thrown over next doors fence. (JOKE!!!)
That looks really good!! now you just need a few plant pots (big) and chairs.
Good idea but what i really would like to do is something i saw at a trade fair, a sunken wine cooler!!!!! Instructable please.
Short and sweet. Good job.
oh... oh wow.. just wow. this is just.. AMAZING. all is good, but there is not too many steps. looks great!

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