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Deck in a box

When it comes to DIY, I’ve got problems. I’m one of those people who feels that staring blankly at a plug is a much more favorable way to change it than actually, well, changing it. It’s certainly a cross to bear – most thoughts of any kind of home renovation generally leave me in a cold sweat.

Help is at hand

If you’re anything like me, try to imagine installing an outdoor deck. Just imagine it. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking misshapen planks, glue that won’t stick, a hammer striking my thumb many, many times, torn-up instruction manuals and a world-is-coming-to-an-end-style argument with whoever has the misfortune of being in the house with me at the time. But never fear, help is at hand for people like us! The Kontiki Deck in a Box has arrived.

A couple of weeks ago, I was asked to help install a Deck in a Box. You can probably guess by now that this didn’t initially seem to me like the greatest idea in the world. But I couldn’t have been more wrong. After a few minutes of getting my bearings, putting the deck together was as easy as messing about with LEGO.

deck in a box gray composite decking

Deck in a box “Walnut”. Modular decking you can install yourself quickly and easily.

A piece of cake

So how does it work? Each box contains four planks, three interlocking placement grids, 16 connection clips and a plank spacer. This is good for nearly four and a half square feet of decking. Putting it together is a piece of cake: simply lay the grids down on a flat surface, insert the connection clips and ensure your spacing is correct.

Then comes the fun part. Each plank is snapped down on top of the grid; it’s so easy to do that a child could do it by stepping on them. Installation of one box of decking takes roughly five to ten minutes: it really is that simple.

teak deck in a box composite decking

The deck is your oyster

After that, well, the deck is your oyster. The Deck in a Box is made from tough composite, meaning it can withstand all kinds of inclement weather, and it looks great too. It comes in a selection of colors and you can even create your own custom patterning.

Perfect decking

The Deck in a Box takes minutes to install and lasts years: it’s the perfect decking for your outdoor space. And don’t worry, it doesn’t matter how afraid of DIY you are – you will be able to install it.

 

 

 

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Julian Fleming

Julian is originally from Dublin, Ireland, now settled in Vancouver BC. His background is in journalism, and is a part of the BuildDirect’s communications team."