Before & After: JB’s New Deck

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What a difference a floor can make!  This makeover,  found at Normal Room (an Australian site for sharing house projects), proves that a garden can be radically changed with the introduction of a unifying floor.  While what existed before wasn’t particularly bad…it could be described as a little manky and rough around the edges and I think you will agree that this ‘after’ is quite a bit better.

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The new pretty redwood deck is sleek and clean and ties in the existing pond a whole lot better.  I could easily imagine enjoying the sound of running water  here while I drink my morning cup of coffee (bare foot in a robe…whereas I wouldn’t want to have stepped  shoeless onto that brick).  But I think the true star of this makeover is the back wall.

wooden garden fence wall with candles

Cleaning up the space by attaching horizontal strips of wood while leaving open areas for candles is an easy DIY that has a lot of impact. – Rochelle

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images from Normal Room 


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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Debbie Feely on October 3, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Wow! this one is amazing! I thought the before was great, I would have been happy with that had I not seen the after. What a change!

  2. Jen on October 3, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    Wow—it looked nice before, and I’d have been content with that as well, but the after is marvellous! What a great job.

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