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Mid and lower end in Alaska is right on ground, pavers, or slab. Footings to depth are preferred so they don't move from frost heave.
 

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Here's an example you can see the concrete edge. We try to either keep it tight or pour it wide enough for a landing. This particular deck had pavers come right up to the steps but I I'm not big on putting steps on top of pavers so I suggested concrete under the step.

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I'm surprised that some use those blocks, I was kidding about dekblocks or patio stones. City here makes us do them as Mike descriped. Lakeway makes us to a 4x4 landing at the bottom of all stairs so it gets extended under the stringers. Most decks here are on hills & those blocks would not work. Another reason they wouldn't work is most of my rails go outside the rim so the post needs to be attached with a post base on the footing/pad @ bottom of stairs.
 

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Here's an example you can see the concrete edge. We try to either keep it tight or pour it wide enough for a landing. This particular deck had pavers come right up to the steps but I I'm not big on putting steps on top of pavers so I suggested concrete under the step.

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yo Cali….that's beuty…almost City Deck like;) except for the the dam tree…hahaha
 
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