Next query for you guys who build decks?
I now have a sliding glass patio door to the outside. It's just mud right
now outside there and not much of a difference in level (3 inches maybe?).
Looking for something easy we can do ourselves. Is it possible to make a
low to the ground 'wood deck'? The ground has been completely termite
treated for sub-terranian termites but that would be a concern in our area
What I do not want to do: pour a slab extension.
We've also considered just using paving stones (even the ground out first of
course) but a deck low to the ground would look nicer in this setting.
About 2ft out and L shaped with one leg 13ft and the other 11ft.
You'll have to excavate a lot of dirt to build a deck. Remember, you
can't lay the boards on the ground.
I recommend a paver patio. There are lots of variations in pavers, and
lots of web sites to show you how to do it.
On Sun, 27 Jul 2008 21:40:04 +0000 (UTC), "SteveB"
Good suggestion from Steve. This may be your best alternative given
the small clearance you're working with.
You also could do what we did, build a traditional deck on Dek Blocks,
which you can buy from the big box stores. These are precast concrete
pier blocks that you place where you need support and lay your 2x6 or
whatever lumber you choose to use as joists into. Don't attach the
deck to the house. Our deck held up a hot tub for 5 years (we just
sold it to raise $$ for the driveway repaving project) and still looks
great (size 22ft by 26ft, appx.). A lot easier than digging the post
holes in the yard (ours is/was very very very rocky).
You might look at some of the synthetic wood material like Trex and the
like. Try to adjust your deck plan to use standard lumber sizes where
possible. 8,10,12,16,20' etc. You may need to special order sizes over
12 or 16'.
You want your deck to be lower than the level of the house floor, a
comfortable step down, so that you don't have leaves and such blowing
in and/or snow drift build up if you are in a colder climate.
Google deck plans, ground level deck etc.
Kevin, thank you! Major hit there. I just found 2 contractors in my area
and have made initial queries. There are quite a few of them here. I
adjust easy as it can always be a bit longer (lots of room on each side).
Specs due in for a 2 ft wide 12 or 16 ft long run along the window portion,
and a 16 or 32 foot run (16 to be 4-6ft deep, rest 2ft deep). Might ask
them to make my container garden with that long stretch. Lets see how the
Humm, 100$ worth of paving stones, or a true nice flush deck that wont have
termite potential and match what I really want ;-)
A wood deck that low will be trouble in the long run. Not only termites,
but a nice place for rodents to make a home.
If you don't like concrete, check out stamped concrete and that may change
your mind. If not, go with pavers.
This reminds me of some stained concrete that I've seen in high-end
houses. They use a concrete saw to cut patterns, then spray on stain,
then cover it all with a sealer. The one I remember best was in a
multi-million dollar house, and it wound up looking like leather. Way
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