Making Use of Free Space Under the Deck

Project by jroot posted 07-20-2008 12:08 AM 10783 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We live near a bush above the river. When we built the house, I designed a deck that would fit in to the size and shape of the lot. I saw that there was free space under the deck, so I added the railings, screened windows, and a door to the existing support structure of the deck. I also bricked the area and added a false ceiling of fibreglass on a slope which takes away any water that gets through the deck boards above.

Outside the screened-in-area are planted perennials like astilbe, hardy hibiscus, bleeding heart, baby’s breath, day lilies, bugbane, clematis vines and roses. All this overlooks the lower garden which have many types of peonies as the backbone of the garden, along with other wild flowers too numerous to mention.

It is a great place to sit on a warm day like today, as the breezes get through. Sipping on lemonade, or martinis ( whatever is offered ) is an enjoyable experience, as we can watch the sun set, and enjoy the garden without the bugs eating us alive. In the evening, there are solar LED lights and candles to create a romantic mood. Who says I am “too old for that stuff”. LOL

-- jroot

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posted 07-20-2008 12:19 AM

Here are a couple of other shots which show the finished product.



In the 3rd shot above, you will note the garden clock is visible from the screened-in-area. I used scrap wood from the burn pile to make most of this, as a more interesting place to hide my wheel barrel.

-- jroot

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posted 07-20-2008 08:46 PM

Nice job jroot. The under deck came out well. And now you have extra space for use on the not quite so nice days.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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posted 07-22-2008 04:58 AM

Wow…just beautiful

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posted 07-30-2008 11:40 PM

Nice job! Well put together. It looks like you’d have plenty of light… pretty good thinkin’

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posted 08-06-2008 09:18 PM


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posted 12-13-2009 07:25 PM

Very nice!

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posted 12-23-2009 08:14 PM

I will comment again on this. I love how you turned this space in to something useful. Well, it’s more than that. Not just usefull, it’s a beautiful room. Wish I had a deck I could do this underneath. Well, I do at the river, but it’s just not quite the same. We’ve already talked about putting the tin like you did for a ceiling to catch the rain but closeing it in for a shed. I don’t want a shed, I want a room. The space isnt quite big enough for a room though unless I box in the whole underneath. Maybe I’ll have to think about this some more. My husband is gonna kill me for even finding this! I noticed your on the river, do you ever get flooded? We do, so that would be a big problem with screened in areas. Like I said, I really have to think about this one. One of our river friends has walls underneath her cabin that she can lift up and hang them from the rafters when the river is going nuts. She used latice instead of screen, but you still felt like you were in a room. I loved it. It got destoryed in the flood we had a couple years ago. Might have to think about that too.

-- Janice

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posted 12-24-2009 02:55 AM

Thanks, Janice. I appreciate your comments.

The ceiling is NOT tin, but rather fibreglass. It does not rust.

Have a wonderful holiday.

-- jroot

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posted 12-24-2009 09:10 PM

Looks great warm days and lemonade sounds good

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