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Quick Project: DIY Deck Solution for Rented Homes

When you rent your home you are limited as to what you can do in the garden, but this DIY deck solution is ideal for anyone renting their home.



Those that rent a home can be limited as to what can be done in the garden, but this DIY deck solution is ideal for anyone renting their home. The DIY deck solution that we show on this page allows any homeowner - even those renting their home - to add a functional and stylish deck to complete an outdoor space.

What is great about this DIY deck solution is that it is not fixed in place and can be easily lifted and removed when your lease expires. What could be better.



Design a deck

Take a look at the 'before' and 'after' pics shown above and you will see what a difference a bit of decking can do for a bland or empty garden. And, more often than not, rental properties are not big on a fully landscaped garden design, unless you are especially lucky. But since most landlords won't allow you to make drastic or permanent changes without permission, this DIY deck solution is definitely not permanent, but is does allow you to set out a deck in the garden - and one that can be easily removed when you move out.

Once you know what materials you are going to use to build the deck, set a budget for how much you have to spend, how big the deck should be and where you want to place the deck.





Construct your deck

Based on a modular design, decking squares are easy to construct, and you have the option of using reclaimed wood, pallets or PAR pine to make your decking squares. If you prefer a longer-lasting and durable material to construct your decking squares, you will find a selection of Meranti, Saligna or Sapele hardwoods at your local Builders Warehouse or timber merchant.


You will find step-by-step instructions for making the decking squares in this article, as well as ideas for a single or multi-level deck.



What timber to use?

While you can use pine or pallet wood to construct your DIY deck, please keep in mind that old wood is far weaker than new wood, and old pallets will only provide you with very brittle wood that may break when used as a decking material. Pine is a softwood and must be properly treated for it to last outdoors. If you decide to construct your deck using PAR pine, apply an exterior sealer on a regular basis.

GOOD TO KNOW: If you use pine or pallet wood to make a deck, ensure plenty of supports underneath and apply exterior sealer on a regular basis.

Modular decking is becoming extremely popular and one-square-metre decking squares are super easy to build, and can be affordable if you shop for the best materials.



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