Table of Contents
Prelude to the construction
This is a step-by-step account of a deck, seat and pergola complex building project. It covers all aspects of construction, time frame, unforeseen problems (if any), owners and builders comments and more.
The owners first made contact with the builder through an advertisement in a newspaper.
In the initial meeting the owners wanted some ideas regarding a hardwood deck – a pergola – and a seat complex in their back yard. They had some of their own ideas on design, but weren’t too sure of the costs involved and how big a deck could be built while still keeping within a set budget.
The builder advised an approximate square metre (sq ft) rate for a hardwood deck, how much the pergola would cost and how much a metre (lineal ft) the bench seat would cost. The owners now had guidelines to work within and were able to finalize the design.
The builder then gave the owners a final quote. The quote was accepted and the project got under way…
A bit about the lumber
The posts, bearers and joists were all treated suitable for in ground application. This is especially necessary when a deck is very close to the ground with limited air circulation.