Bayside Retreat with Spotted Gum

This 2-week project completed in early November 2015 in the Bay-side suburb of Chelsea, just a few hundred meters from Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay. It was the first involving the use of beautiful Spotted Gum for the decking as the client desired. A supplier for this timber was located and the cost was surprisingly comparable to other hardwoods, a point which the client was rather pleased with.

The new 7.3x4mt deck replaced the horrible, pre-formed, purple painted, treated pine decking panels, which were never built or installed correctly, and as such had shifted, twisted and sunk out of level in the sandy soil of this property. To ensure the longevity of this new deck, almost 3/4 of a cubic meter of concrete was used in the footings, which were spaced closer, dug wider, and deeper than the B.C.A. requires, to provide a very solid base for this structure for many years to come.

The finished deck then was given a decent coating with Feast and Watson ‘Wet Look’ decking varnish.