Contemporary Deck in Little Lepton

Contemporary Deck in Little Lepton

Earlier this year we had the opportunity to re-design an unused area of a traditional Yorkshire cottage in Little Lepton. The site boasted widespread views across rolling fields with Emley Moor television transmitter as an ever present focal point.

The site before works taking in panoramic views

The site before works taking in panoramic views

An overgrown brambly site

An overgrown brambly site

The clients were a young couple with a baby and wanted an area of the garden that they could use for entertaining and relaxing.

The brief had to perform several goals;

  1. The design should be sympathetic to the traditional and local vernacular with a contemporary feel.
  2. Views off site should be preserved and borrowed into the scheme.
  3. The area should be large enough to entertain a sizeable number of people.
  4. The space should be child friendly.
  5. Provisions should be made to accommodate a hot tub.
  6. The space should link the garden to the adjoining field

The site had a serious level change from the building into the field so the decision was made to create a balustraded deck area flanked by a curving drystone wall. A pergola and raised bed constructed from Yorkshire stone in a drystone style would enclose the hot tub with a stone flag surface. A set of steps biting into the deck would serve as a direct link into the field.

The design

The design

The site needed to be cleared first

The site needed to be cleared first

During the clearance stage we managed to salvage a number of reclaimed oak sleepers that we later used in the pergola and as an edging detailing down the side of the garage. The existing dwarf wall along the field was dismantled and the stone was salvaged to be later reused.

Since the wall was to carry the deck in part, we had to build all of the walls first.

Building the walls out of concrete block

Building the walls out of concrete block

The framework for the deck was then constructed. Sleeper walls under the frame were installed to break the long spans of the timber reducing any potential bounce and flex.

Completed deck frame

Completed deck frame

At this stage of the build we installed the posts that would carry the glass balustrade as well as running cables for a lighting scheme. We decided to clad the deck with a hardwood called Balau for its variety of warm tones and longevity. Cutting the curve and notching in around the posts proved to be a challenge.

Cladding the deck with Balau

Cladding the deck with Balau

Building the stringers to carry the steps

Building the stringers to carry the steps

Cladding the stringers

Cladding the stringers

The walls were then faced with Yorkshire stone to give a drystone appearance. We had to bring in new stone to mix in with the existing stone on site. Over time the stone will weather and harmonise. The raised planter around the pergola and hot tub was constructed in the same manner.

Curving drystone wall

Curving drystone wall

Prior to paving the hot tub area we had to build the pergola. We wanted to juxtapose materials to create contrast so we decided to build the pergola using reclaimed oak sourced from a great reclamation yard in Guisley called W Machell & Sons Ltd.

Wet day at W Machell & Sons

Wet day at W Machell & Sons

Finished pergola and ground prepared for paving

Finished pergola and ground prepared for paving

The decision was taken to use Yorkshire Stone flags to preserve the rustic charm of both the house and existing garden works surrounding. The slickness of the deck shape and finish really contrasted with the palette of reclaimed materials.

Yorkshire Stone and Balau Hardwood

Yorkshire Stone and Balau Hardwood

With the off-cuts of oak we decided to build a bench that could be moved around but would reside next to the hot tub most of the time.

Rustic oak bench

Rustic oak bench

Westgate Glass & Mirror Co Ltd in Liversedge supplied the glass balustrade with a self-cleaning coating.

Glass balustrade and Lavender troughs

Glass balustrade and Lavender troughs

The finished project

The finished project

Hot tub installed

Hot tub installed

Steps

Steps

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Moveable raised oak planters on heavy duty castors

Moveable raised oak planters on heavy duty castors

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We were very happy with the finished garden. Its simple design and layout proved to be one of our more technically challenging projects.

We look forward to seeing the space at night with the lights on.

By |2017-09-28T11:13:43+00:00September 7th, 2016|