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Old 09-26-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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I posted an intro quite a while ago, but I hadn't been on in a while. I'm a residential renovation contractor in the Atlanta area. We do a wide variety of renovation work, primarily remodel and fix-up "stuff".

I've been scratching my head with a ground level deck design. I can't seem to get myself to understand how to frame it without having ground contact with the PT lumber. It's a level lot so excavating, even a little, will cause drainage issues underneath. There's only room for a
2x4 joist and 5/4 board for the deck. The only solution I can come up with is to pour a slab on the entire area and lay the 2x4's directly on that. There must be a better way to do it to meet code requirements, but I've burned enough brain cells trying to figure it out. I come to the brilliance of this forum for suggestions. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-26-2012, 07:16 PM   #2
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Options:
1. Built deck higher with a step up to the deck from the yard or door.
2. Pour a slab.
3. Use hardscaping instead.
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:01 AM   #4
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Thanks Robert. The step-up might be the answer. I've built several decks over the years but none at ground level. It had me stumped.
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So are going to pour concrete?
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I'm going to propose the step-up option. Exit the door at level then raise the rest of the deck a step higher. That will leave room under the joists the keep the code officials happy.
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Why don't you suggest colored and stamped concrete?

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