ALL HANDS ON DECK.

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At the start of this project 7 years ago, the summer weather was absolutely fantastic. It was really hot and very sunny and we felt like we were on a permanent holiday! We had a 35 foot caravan and a dream, so we started to build the extension onto the side of the caravan. We were playing Spanish music on our little CD player and having fun together, it almost felt like we were making our own telly programme, we called it ‘House Builders In The Sun !’ One time I was making the roof and 2 Red Kites were swooping overhead, we took this to be a good omen. But as ever the weather changed ( we were still having fun !) but at the end of the day this was still just grazing land and with all the rain it started to get really boggy and just down right muddy. Ok we didn’t have any carpets to mess up ( we still don’t), but it all became hard work, slipping and sliding around the areas around the house, something had to be done to make things easier. So I decided to put wooden pallets down, that I recycled from a local business ( with their permission of course)  to make a decking and walkway, and it really did work, but as always there’s another but, after awhile they started to rot and break so we kept on replacing them but these also rotted and in the end we got fed up of trying to tip toe around the place to avoid the holes and broken ankles. So once again something had to be done, hence now our proper decking and walkway.

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As you can see instead of just making a static decking, I built it all in 1 metre square sections.

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Each section can be moved or changed at any time either because of damage, or knowing us, we just want to change the pattern. Because we can…… and probably will! Why move house when you can just change how it looks?

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The last pallet being ripped up, thank goodness ! I had to use a spade,crow bar and sheer brute force !

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The sections going down.

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The walkway down the side of the house past the herb garden.

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What a view. The decking’s not bad either !

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The whole decking and walkway is now really nice to walk on without fear of slipping or breaking something ( like a pint glass !)

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And in case you were wondering what happened to all the old faithful pallets, well they will make perfect bonfire material for our Samhain  festival, seeing as we’ve invited bigmunkeyman and his mates to hold his bigmunkeyman’s bigmonster movie mashup !

I’m sure he will have a tale to tell at www. bigmunkeyman.wordpress.com

By the way I’d like to say Happy 30th Birthday to my sister TIGGER !

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dianakirwan
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 13:57:04

    Looks really good.. A lot of hard work wind into that so well done. Have a good winter x

    On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM, willowarchway

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  2. cathsveggies1
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 14:48:36

    That looks much nicer and safer 🙂

    Reply

  3. susie
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 16:01:13

    All looks very good, well done David & Elaine , much love Susie xxxx

    Reply

  4. bridget
    Oct 19, 2013 @ 16:09:31

    Hey guys that looks super. Great job!

    Reply

  5. Hannah Mouland
    Oct 23, 2013 @ 09:06:45

    Hi,

    Contacted you on Twitter the other day – haven’t heard anything back and wondered if you were still interested in doing a story with me? Would love to chat to you and explain more. Perhaps you could send me an email – hannah.mouland@barcroftmedia.com and we can arrange a time to chat?

    Best wishes

    Hannah

    Reply

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  7. Daniela @frugal ain't cheap
    Oct 25, 2013 @ 13:02:59

    this deck is a very smart way to build it. I have seen a product called (restore?), that is like a thick paint to restore worn out wood (not rotten) and concrete. That could be an idea down the line. Great job. Looks great

    Reply

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