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Elevated Decks 101

Last Updated Aug 15, 2012 · Written by Kat Tate

Adding an elevated deck to your home is a relatively affordable way to expand your living space and create a spectacular entertaining area. Here we outline everything you need to know about elevated decks.

What is an Elevated Deck?

An elevated deck is typically installed on sloping blocks, as it refers to a deck which is supported by beams and posts to raise it up. Usually extending out from the second level, an elevated deck provides a unique view of the world without compromising on backyard space.

Building an elevated deck can be complicated, so it’s best to consult a decking professional to install your new deck. They can also advise on council regulations and may even manage the approval process, if required.

What are the Benefits of an Elevated Deck?

Elevated decks have many uses, including:
  • Making use of a tricky and seemingly unusable sloping space
  • Hiding ugly garden structures such as rainwater tanks, concrete features or lacklustre lawn
  • Extending your entertaining and living areas
  • Framing features such as grand tree or a stunning swimming pool
  • Creating indoor-outdoor living – simply add bi-fold doors!

What Materials are Used for Elevated Decks?

Timber is a popular choice for elevated decks, as it complements the natural environment. There are also many new timber-look materials on the market that are an affordable and sustainable. Check out composite, recycled or PVC decking to compare costs, quality and upkeep.

Are Elevated Decks Safe?

Any tall structure in or around the home has safety considerations. Railings should be used to highlight the deck perimeter and prevent small children or pets from getting too close to the edge. It’s also a good idea to build a closed-in deck or have a childproof gate at the top of the deck stairs if you have young children. 

Ground clearance is another issue, especially if you are building in a termite-prevalent area. The Building Code of Australia sets regulations for ventilation and ground clearance relating to elevated decks.

Want more decking ideas? Browse photos in our Inspiration Boards section for decking inspiration.
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