Originally the project was just intended as
simply replacing an old 2 foot breeze block wall with a higher retaining wall
and levelling through to give a slight incline to a nice rockery.
However, once we had cleared the area we realised how large it actually was
(25sq meters) & quickly decided to revise our plans and build a large,
remote decking platform complete with railings, subtle lighting, enclosed
within a low-level sleeper wall.
It meant spending much longer than planned on preparing the area with over
6 tons of soil (mainly clay and rock) being dug out by hand, due to the lack
of access for a small mechanical digger, then removed bucket-by-bucket to
the local tip!!! It was painstakingly slow, not to mention tough on the family
Daihatsu Sirion being loaded up with a dozen buckets of heavy soil at a time;
but eventually after a few weeks of hard graft the area was flat, solid and
ready to build on.
The sleepers were bedded into a dry concrete mix, layed on their edge, and
fastened together using 12" Timberlock screws. Initially I was apprehensive
as to how strong the screws would be and how difficult it would be to drive
the screws through 10" of sleeper. However, my fears were unfounded and
the Timberlock screws were amazing!!! I was able to drive them through the
sleepers effortlessly and was very impressed how strongly they locked the
layers together. Absolutely brilliant...a very well engineered product.
Once the sleeper wall was in place the rest of the project went smoothly.
The decking joists were fastened securely to the wall and also to the sleepers
and all tied together with noggings; we even spread a dry mix of concrete
over the entire area to prevent any "bounce", giving a complete
ridged base to lay the decking boards onto. Finally, the decking was finished
off with railings to provide a safe enclosure, with gentle lighting for effect.
Please feel free to use some or all of the attached photos and I really hope
they can help to inspire others to undertake a similar project in the future.
For anyone who is thinking of incorporating sleepers into a landscaping idea,
I strongly recommend using Timberlock screws...they truely are a unique and
extremely professional product.
Thanks to your site and the photos of all your other satisfied customers for
our inspiration and enhancement of our ideas, not to mention the courage to
take on such an ambitious project.
Nigel & Rose Holder.
What a great project, and a tribute to your painstaking determination and
graft ! (not to mention the suspension of your 4 x 4) The hundreds of individual
buckets of soil, are almost the peacetime equivalent of the hundreds of discrete
pocketfuls of tunnel diggingsl in the 'Great Escape'! You've created a dramatic
and fabulous raised decking area