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Old 06-04-2015, 11:13 AM   #1
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Hi guys, I'm looking at building a wooden deck at the level of the interior floor, which is only a few inches above grade outside. To complicate things even further, 14 feet out the lawn steps up about 30 inches, making the entire area between the house and the back of the yard a bathtub. The client is convinced that he wants a ground level deck; how much airspace do I need under and around this deck for proper airflow? I couldn't find the local building code for this but research suggests 12". This would mean excavating down 24" an area about 14' x 22'.

I'm wondering if it would make more sense to build a waterproof deck with a perimeter drain, rather than creating an airspace under the deck where water can build up.

Of course I'm trying to convince the home owner that a paver or concrete patio would make more sense in this area. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:39 PM   #2
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What would I do? I would sell them on a paver or concrete or walk away. I'm not going to put my name on something like that.

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Thanks Robert, you're right. Now it's just a matter of convincing the client.
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When you tell them the cost is half as much I'm sure they will go for it.
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Thanks Robert, you're right. Now it's just a matter of convincing the client.
Convince?????????????

just walk away
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If you excavate, might as well put a liner in and have a floating deck with an option to soak theirs feet. Don't forget to charge extra for that
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I did one like that !

Behind a Condo , no attention to drainage it was all left up to the owner. Flooded the house every time a big rain came

I clear spanned the whole area and dug out so the water flowed to either side. For all intent turned it into a drainage ditch . A covered drainage ditch.

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Thanks for the feedback. Made my decision to reject the idea easier.
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Another option is a concrete or other type pad at the entrance area, then going up a 7-8" step onto a deck.
With a large enough pad, it can look nice with the deck wrapping around.

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