Then we laid about 1200m of FSC Kwila decking around the house, using around 7000 pre-drilled screws. This will bleed its tannins and weather to a silver colour before I stain it in a year or so.
When I say 'we' I mean I was 'junior apprentice' to John Funnell from JF Building and his guys. I've known John for quite a few years now and have enjoyed working with him on a couple of much larger (and more challenging) projects, so this one was pretty straightforward.
Next, I laid a hexagon of decking and assembled a kitset gazebo that we bought nearly a year ago from Cameo Gazebos, with some help from John and Hamish again to get the roof onto the frame.
The end result looks pretty good I think, and now benefits from the views created by the removal of the pines.
Of course, we now have some planting to do to help the native bush regenerate, but this time nothing too tall!