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DIY Weekend Project – A Raised Seating Area

Garden Seating

At Lawsons, our staff are just as creative as our clients. Working around building materials every day means that a lot of our staff start thinking about how they can use our timber, decking, or railway sleepers and how they can improve their homes.

One of our drivers from the Romford branch decided to do just that when he built a raised seating area in an unused area of his garden. The weekend project required lengths of timber, some fencing supplies, and decking, as well as gravel for the planted area on the side of the platform.

Garden Fence

As you can see the sloped area of the garden was fairly disused – these areas are perfect for improvement. Projects like this can even make your garden seem bigger, since you get more use out of a larger area of your home.

Decking Build Process

Installing some posts was an essential first step to ensure that the platform was level – adding some joists in provided more structure to build on. If you’d like to make our own raised platform, it’s important that you take the time to ensure that the structure is level – all of the other stages rely on this being sound.

Decking Build Process 2

Once that’s done, you just need to add some closeboard panels around the edge and decking to the top to complete the platform and create a level, inviting space to spend your evenings or weekends. Once that’s done, you can add some plants and seating then pour yourself a drink to celebrate a job well done.

Finished Decking BuildFinished Decking Build 2

If you have a weekend project you’d like to show off, just send it to us at info@lawsons.co.uk or tag us on Twitter, Facebook, or Pinterest @LawsonsUK. We’d love to see what you’ve been up to and what you’ve created using Lawsons’ timber and building supplies.