AN UNUSUAL RAISED DECK
UPPER COLWALL, GREAT MALVERN
I was asked to develop a solution for an existing but unfinished and unusable raised terrace that was attached to a 1960s house. My client also asked me to include a hot tub in the design. The main constraint was the budget, so we agreed the project should be phased over several years, as described below.
PHASE ONE: THE MAIN TERRACE
Different materials had been used to construct the terrace so my main priority was to reduce or hide these where possible. Due its existing uneven levels and the problem of hiding its irregular edge, a timber deck elevated over the existing level of the terrace was the best option within the budget. For safety purposes a balustrade was also installed.
PHASE TWO: THE HOT TUB
Steps will be added at the other end of the terrace connecting to a lower deck into which the hot tub will be installed. The continuation of the deck will make the whole feel connected and visually harmonious. A balustrade was installed for safety reasons.
PHASE THREE: RAISED BEDS AND NEW GARDEN STEPS
Below the deck the existing planting borders will be removed and replaced with timber raised beds and the path will be levelled and relaid. New steps will be built down into the garden alongside a new terraced bed for vegetables.