I am getting ready to start working on the right side of my property
in time for summer, and although I am pretty handy, this job will be
somewhat of a challenge and I am in need of some advice.
I have a decent sized yard, but the 32 foot in-ground swimming pool
takes up most of it. I have a good sized chunk of my yard that is
currently not used for anything other than drainage for the pool
filter (extention pvc I added for backwashing) and for a gutter
extention I added (aluminum tube). I uploaded a bunch of pictures so
you could see what I am up against. http://www.drumrx.com/Yard/Yard.htm
What I am looking to do...
I would really like to take advantage of this space and build an
extention to my existing deck. The entire property is sloped in the
rear. The existing retaining wall that holds up the dirt and decking
at the pool rear ends and takes a roughly 45 degree turn.
How to go about this...
Should I simply build a triangular shaped free standing deck with some
REALLY DEEP footings and somehow tie it in to the existing deck? If
so, do the footings need to go 4 feet (NJ code I think) below the
lowest existing retaining wall at the bottom of the slope, or do they
need to go 4 feet below my neighbors property level for a total of
about 5 1/2 feet?
Or, This may sound silly... Can I continue and extend the retaining
wall from where it ends and have it wrap around the entire property
line at a 90 degree angle going up toward where the kids play house
is? My thinking is that I could also tie in some crossmembers of
railroad ties by extending the psuedo planter boxes and connecting
them to the new retaining wall for strength. Can you even build a deck
by running joists off of a retaining wall??? Do I then need to
backfill, add add footings to the backfill?
Either way I go about this, I am also planning on continuing the PVC
fence all the way around. With the freestanding deck, how do I go
about attaching the fence to it?
Any advice as to the best, safest, and (of course) least expensive way
to go about this would be greatly appreciated.