DIY Wooden Boardwalk

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$800
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Our backyard is pretty wide open and since we renovated our basement, we wanted to create a walkway/path from our deck to the basement entry. My husband came up with an idea for a walkway that mimics a beach boardwalk.
diy wooden boardwalk
Here is the area where we built the walkway. We also moved the pool pump and filter away from the deck, which is why those pipes are uncovered.
diy wooden boardwalk
We measured out the size of the deck, then dug post holes to sink pressure treated 4X4's in on each corner with concrete in order to create a stable base for the deck. It is built pretty much like a mini deck with a frame and cross pieces attached with joist hangers.
diy wooden boardwalk
Before we screwed the top deck boards on, we put down a layer of landscape fabric to keep grass/weeds from growing up through the deck.
diy wooden boardwalk
We used deck screws to attach the pressure treated deck boards to each joist.
diy wooden boardwalk
We repeated the process for another deck, which is a step up from the previous one and staggered by a couple of feet so that the walkway ended up in front of the pool equipment.
diy wooden boardwalk
This is the finished boardwalk. I will eventually stain the boards to match our deck and add flowers to the area on the left where there is a gap.
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  • Pac12719888
    on Aug 18, 2018

    For the deck that is ground level, did you do the 4x4s on the corners? Or is it on the ground?

    • For the one that is up against the concrete around the pool, it is on the ground, but the others are secured with a 4x4 frame and are off the ground a few inches.

  • Hlpinghand
    on Aug 22, 2018

    Did one of your decks cover the pool equipment? If yes, how will you get to the equipment if you need to? Thank you for sharing your project, it's beautiful!!!!


    • Kim
      on Sep 1, 2018

      Oh my gosh! It's beautiful and ingenious!

      Great plan and execution.

      I too would love to see the hinge diy and a pic of how it all came together with stain and decorative landscape! I LOVE THIS!

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  • Patty Canni Palma
    on Aug 25, 2018

    I love this! Great job! You are blessed to have this talent!

  • PAMELA
    on Oct 6, 2018

    LOOKS LIKE AN ADVENTURE ON THE BOARDWALK. YOU ARE IN NC? DO YOU DRAIN ALL THE WATER IN THE PIPES FOR WINTER? WE HAVE TO BURY OUR WATER PIPES FOR SPRINKLER SYSTEMS, LOW ENOUGH NOT TO FREEZE THE WATER THAT CAN BREAK THE PIPES AND I AM IN SAN ANTONIO, TX. JUST A THOUGHT I HAD, I IMAGINE YOU USED DECK SCREWS? IF YOU NEED TO INSULATE THE PIPES, BUY PIPE INSULATION THAT WRAPS AROUND THE PIPES. YOU CAN ALSO USE THEM ON YOUR OUTDOOR FAUCETS.

    CHEERIO, PAMELA

    • Yes, we are in NC and we do drain our pipes when we close the pool. We did use deck screws on the boardwalk..it was essentially built like a deck, just in sections. Thanks for commenting!

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