Decking floor[Merbau,Kempas]

Do you have an outdoor area that's going to waste?

It may be wasted space under stairs or a verandah that is little more than a single step down to a path or lawn. Whatever it is,

if it is too small or awkwardly positioned to be used for another purpose, it may be perfect for a courtyard if only it has a deck. Building a courtyard deck can be a relatively easy DIY project and may  not even require council approval.

By definition, a courtyard is an area that is partially or fully enclosed by walls or buildings.
This can be an advantage when building a courtyard deck because the walls can be used to support bearers, removing the need to build an extensive nest of support posts. The disadvantage to the walls, though, is that if left as they are, they can detract from the final appearance of the courtyard deck, which should feel like a world of its own rather than a tacked on addition.

When planning your deck, keep this in mind and allow for cladding and other features to help create an intimate garden atmosphere.
Some things to consider include:

In other words, starting with an overall design plan is better than building the deck and then finding ways to improve its appearance. For some brilliant ideas, check out the outdoor living design ideas here on Many of featured areas will be larger in size and scope than your courtyard may be, but elements of them can be incorporated into your design. For example, turn one wall into a feature wall by planting a row of bamboo against it in a raised planter box. Your water feature can be installed in front of the bamboo, creating a soothing focal point for your courtyard.

When it comes time for construction, take your plans and costings to your local council and find out if a building permit will be needed. In most cases, it probably will not, but it's better to find out for sure.



Merbau is a popular hardwood derived largely from areas in South East Asia, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific islands. With its high degree of natural durability and strength it is appreciated for external applications in rugged engineering, construction and marine contexts. Merbau also features inbackyards as outdoor furniture, and internally across a range of joinery, flooring and other uses.


Keruing is the name given to timber from 70 or so species of the genus Dipterocarpus. They are large hardwoods, some species attaining a height of 70 m.

Heartwood varies between species but is most commonly red-brown. Variations include deep-pink, orange-pink, purple-red. Sapwood is usually lighter in shade and may have yellow or greyish tinges. Wood darkens with age. 



Kempas Specie Technical Specifications - Kempas is generally imported from Asia and grows in Malaysia and Indonesia. The heartwood is a fairly consistent color which ranges from orange-red to reddish-brown with subtly contrasting yellow to pale white tones. The heartwood will darken with time. Kempas is somewhat similar to Cumaru from Brazil but does not have as much definition in the grain. Kempas has been very popular as a less expensive alternative tropical hardwood. Available in prefinished solid only in two widths. Other Names: Koompassia spp, Thongbueng, Gemaris, Hampas, Nyari, Kempas rawang, Impas (Sabah), Mengris (Sarawak),Tualangun

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