When a mature ash tree had to be cut to let in light, our customers decided they would like to make it into a feature.
We worked with their ideas to design and build the viewing platform, intended for use by adults to enjoy good weather and take in the view of the church on the Hill of Tara across the fields. Steps lead to the square timber deck which is finished with larch handrails and balustrades.
Before we started work. The tree had been cut by a tree surgeon as it was blocking light from the garden and house.
Building the sub structure for the timber deck. The deck is supported by the trunk of the tree.
The platform was designed so that the cut trunks would come up through the deck. The subframe had to be quite elaborate to accommodate the multi branched trunk.
View from underneath the platform with the decking timbers in place.
The staircase braces the deck and is finished, like the deck itself, with Siberian larch handrails and ballustrades.
The deck area is 3m x 2.5m, space for relaxing and even a spot of entertaining. The trunk makes the perfect base for a rustic table.
Looking towards the top of the staircase, the platform gives a great bird's eye view of the lovely garden.
Looking towards the Hill of Tara, the platform makes a perfect spot to relax and enjoy the sunset.
The viewing platform seen from the field on the other side of the garden boundary.