as mentioned, the beams (2x12?) do not have as much strength in the
flat (2") as they do in the narrow (12") direction.
That said, since this is a ground level installation, you might be
able to decrease the structual members to something smaller, and have
more supports to prevent it from sagging.
Another option might be to build stressed skin platforms to give you a
longer span in a less "tall" space.
Standard disclaimer... i'm not a builder and i don't know what your
code might have to say about it.... these are just a few possible
ideas. I think the one with the most merit is the extra supports with
Heck... if the deck is ground level... why not use
brick and not worry about having to treat it, seal it, etc...
Build a removable cover for the bulkhead that can act as a table,
bench, etc while the area is being used as a deck...
Ich habe keine Ahnung was das bedeutet, oder vielleicht doch?
In a case like this, I totally agree. Was at a contractor's home today, he
does stamped concrete. Knows what he is doing, and just awesome work.
Looked like pavers, but much more stronger and very impressive.
I don't know what "structural beams" you are referring to. A ground level
deck is (as the term states) is supported from the ground. You lay PT 2x4s
on the ground, digging where needed to give them continuous support, than
screw the decking on top of them. I have built many of these. Some people
like the look instead of pouring a slab.
If you need support from your joist than you must stand it up that is where
the strength comes from. You must also use the correct size depending on the
If this was a deck there would be permits needed but
this is not considered a deck since it is not connected to a structure and
is less than 8" above grade. Just as there is no permit required to pour a
A slab is more likely to move due to frost. The concrete is a better
conductor and the frost is deeper under a slab than bare ground. I have seen
this many times in excavating in the spring.
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