Melissa K
Melissa K
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Asked on May 23, 2012

What are some original, repurposing, ideas for closing in the bottom of a deck that sits about 5 feet off the ground?

Shelli BarnesWanda sinnemaDebra
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Tried lattice (dogs run through it). Right now its open and I hate it. Looks so unfinished. ideas? Needs to be cheap! Deck is 150 sq. ft. with three sets of stairs and is actually two decks in one due to my husband's designing.
13 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 24, 2012

    cedar "picket" fencing comes in basic 6 foot high pieces...you could "fence" it in. depending on how the decks structure is configured you may not need to many "post" or railing parts.

  • Melissa K
    on May 24, 2012

    Thanks. Does the bottom portions particularly need an open-work structure or can I close it in? This sounds interesting...

  • KMS Woodworks
    on May 25, 2012

    The only reason would be for inspections or periodic maintenance issues. Most people never to any kind of maintenance to the "framing" of a deck. Some keep them stained for cosmetic issues. Your 'fence" would take care of the cosmetic side. The railing on my deck is "bolted" instead of lag screwed (which is by far a better way) every few years or so I may tighten these bolts. We get hundred mile per hour winds during the winter and over time this can effect the rails.

  • Kathie S
    on May 25, 2012

    I cut lattice about 2 1/2 ft x 8, painted white and attached all around perimeter inside the deck. In one corner i put 2 pieces of lattice on end standinding up to make the corner. (my kids used to call this spot my jc penney crner cause they said it looked like it came from a catalog). * EVERY holiday i dress up the little corner for the upcoming holiday even run lights thru the lattice and put a christmas tree in that corner for christmas holiday. My kids liked it so much that they would sleep out on the deck for christmas eve (we cover the deck every year with 12 ply clear plastic and deat it if we go out there). Kids are grown now, but grandbabies will help in my "catalog" decorating now. ;-)

  • Kathie S
    on May 25, 2012

    We painted matching lattice, attached metal screen to back of it, facing under deck, (so no critters take up residency), and enclosed bottom of deck. We hinged one section to gain entry for storage under deck, and planted yucca's 1 ft away from lattice about every 3 feet except where we put entry door.

  • Karrie B
    on May 29, 2012

    How about the Vinyl lattice? Plus you can paint it any color if you get the Rustolum Fusion paint.

  • Melissa K
    on May 29, 2012

    Vinyl lattice is what the dog chased the cat through and did a lot of damage a lot of times. Still pondering

  • Melissa K
    on May 29, 2012

    To add clarity, they did not break the lattice, I still have those. But they kept breaking it loose, then started tunneling under.

  • Rogers_cheryl
    on Oct 7, 2014

    What about goat fencing in heavy gauge. I am thinking of doing our deck railing with it.

  • Debra
    on Oct 7, 2014

    If you use that PCV lattice, the dogs won't run through that. It's pretty strong.

    • Gabrielle Falk
      on Nov 20, 2015

      @Debra Hi. Well my 2 little dogs, went right through the lattice (PVC) fencing, once it was a few months old. Would put up lattice at each end of the pergola so they wouldn't run around in the back, and bark at every noise when we went out. It became fragile very quickly and then it basically shattered. Have a think about putting parallel lengths of wood, maybe 2" apart, for as long as u need, and for the height u need. Then either paint, or lacquer. If you like this idea, see if you can source used pallets. Some delivery companies use heaps of pallets, and maybe if you rang them,they might be more than happy to let you have them, and even if they want to charge, should be a minimal cost. Just barter with them. Good luck, Gabrielle from Sydney xo

  • Wanda sinnema
    on Nov 20, 2015

    my dad framed his in, same as the house, added a door painted it to match the house.. used it for storage much like a cold frame for vegs and stored garden tools and misc. Handy to have things closer than the garage for quick weeding or pruning..

  • Wanda sinnema
    on Nov 20, 2015

    another idea would be chicken wire behind the lattice, It could be buried down a bit in the soil to keep the dogs from digging. I'd add a diagonal support, from post to post,, staple the wire to it, then the lattice over it..as for the pets.. I'd sprinkle a bit of cayanne pepper, hottest one you can find (look in bulk foods) around any area you don't want them to dig.. It gets on their paws they lick it.. won't dig there anymore.. works for cats in the flowerbeds and gardens too..

    • Gabrielle Falk
      on Nov 20, 2015

      @Wanda sinnema Well one of my little dogs is a Shit-zu and she can chew through ANYTHING.eg chicken wire on the laundry window. The laundry is outside. So I thought that chick wire would be impervious to Ashley's gnawing.NO. Went to let the dogs outside the next day, Lilly was still in the laundry, but Ashley (the Shit-zu) was down the back sitting on the outside sofas. I tried this one night with the chicken wire, when it was sooo hot in Sydney last summer - 45 degrees C. About 115 deg. I thought, erroneously, that if we put this up, there is no way Ashley (the Shit-zu) would get thru' this window covering. WRONG!! She chewed thru' the wire. And looked very pleased with herself indeed. So now, after Ashley has chewed thru several wash. machine hoses, electrical cords (power turned off thank goodness) etc. I put Tabasco sauce on the wash hoses, and anywhere else I dont want her to either dig, or chew. Believe me, the pungent aroma really deters them..

  • Shelli Barnes
    on Feb 12, 2016

    I have used pre-made 8' picket fence sections and it was not only cute but practical! You can usually find it online at Lowe's or Home Depot. We have shih tzu, small sized dogs, and currently we're using the plastic lattice 4x8' sheets, it has worked great for them for 2 yrs. so far so good. Best of luck to you :) http://www.homedepot.com/p/Incense-Cedar-French-Gothic-Fence-Panel-Common-3-5-ft-x-8-ft-Actual-0-625-in-x-3-5-in-x-96-0-in-63665/100011709

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