In a tightly held pocket in Melbourne's outer East, there was once an in ground pool surrounded by a very dated slate and aged MERBAU deck. To complete this sad scene, an ugly 2.4M tall timber framed wall painted blue surrounded the pool area on two sides.
The wall separated the pool area from what could only be described as a "vegetative waste dump" at the rear, which the new owners described as "Jurassic Park".
Without doubt this project was the largest and most complicated pool deck MELBOURNE DECK BUILDERS (Timber Decking Now) had ever taken on.
The existing 140mm Merbau has been fixed down with Stainless Steel "Philips head" 50mm screws, which promptly either stripped or sheared off at the head when removal was attempted, resulting in a long and arduous task under the Summer sun.
Sections of the subfloor were rotted out and additional joists were added in the existing structure.
Removal of the 2.4m walls revealed the full extent of the challenge ahead!
Although access was good on foot, there was nowhere to place the extraordinary amount of building materials required to complete this very serious project. TWO HUNDRED & FORTY square metres (1680L/M) of H/duty135mm wide COMPOSITE DECKING was laid over hundreds of additional lineal metres of H3 subfloor, terrace benches and steps. The Timber Decking Now team had to carry ALL the materials some 50 metres down to the work site from the front yard "storage area".
Three 12 cubic metre bins accounted for the waste and demolition materials in "Jurassic Park" along with hundreds of metres of old weathered Merbau pulled up from the various levels around the pool.
The project took a four man team a little over a month working six day weeks in mostly very hot and tiring conditions.
The end result was a TOTAL TRANSFORMATION into an extremely pleasing civilised leisure zone with a sparkling pool, beautiful lawns and rock work, BBQ nook, broad terraces featuring deck lighting and steps, plus easy access to the new landscaped garden at the rear.
This swim spa was installed by Melbourne Deck Builders, TIMBER DECKING NOW's client to ward off the onset of a serious physical disease.
The original photo shows an old deck and an overgrown garden that was once a veggie patch. The deck had to be demolished and removed from the site and all the vegetation removed prior to an excavation of the the site for the spa.
The spa contains EIGHT THOUSAND LITRES of water and therefore had to be installed on a 200mm thigh reinforced concrete pad.The spa was craned in over the neighbours fence and placed on its concrete base and supported by a galvanised steel frame.
The subfloor for the new deck had to enclose the spa completely on all sides a shown in the photo. Access to the site was tough as there was only a side path down the opposite side of the home and around a corner which was quite overgrown small shrubs and flower beds.
The chosen decking was a COMPOSITE material, due to its very high resistance to moisture, insect attack and practically ZERO maintenance.
The project was demanding, but worth the effort. The lady owner was a delightful person and was showing amazing courage in her efforts to combat slowly her deteriorating condition. From the Timber Decking Now perspective, we were glad to have been of assistance and knew that the client had done her homework and chose very carefully whom she was going to trust with this project.
As it turned out the client asked that Timber Decking Now take full control of every facet of the project, which we accepted and undertook in a very serious manner. The end result spoke for itself, nothing more needed to be said!
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