this ground level deck is “picture framed” (see photo 11). the frame hides the cut ends of the decking but also adds some labor, such as miter cuts and blocking to support the decking. the frame hides the cut ends of the decking but also adds some labor, such as miter cuts and blocking to support the decking.
each level is attached to the main home, as well as to one another. 20. covered veranda and multi-level deck. close to the home is a wicker dining set. a wide set of stairs leads down to a more intimate dining set, and various other levels lead down to the patio below, where the pool is located. 21. pergola-covered multi-level deck
decks that may not require a permit: a patio or a deck built at a ground level typically does not require a permit. a deck that is 30” or lower, usually will not need a permit. deck is not attached to the house.
floating decks are simple, attractive and relatively easy to build. they are sometimes called “grade-level” decks because they are built just above the ground level, or grade. adding a floating deck in your back yard can provide a much-needed platform for patio furniture, a grill, a hammock and other backyard amenities.
a ground-level deck can also serve as the lowest part of a multilevel deck. bear in mind that you can usually lower the height of a deck by using smaller joists and beams, a change that requires you to reduce the beam span (by pouring more footings and piers) and reduce the joist spacing (by using more joists).
align the edge of the first length of decking boards with the outside edge of the beam. as you install the decking boards perpendicular to the joists, drive two fasteners through each board into the center of.
ground level decks feature low levels of complexity and high levels of satisfaction. the two-level deck surrounded by landscaping provides a spot to lounge, enjoy the sun or watch the action on the nearby volleyball court. a ground level deck is a great way to add some livability to your backyard, a place to barbecue, hang out, and entertain, all on a nice flat, level surface that’s clean and safe.
but in 2016, the american wood protection association (awpa) changed its standard to recommend ground-contact treated lumber instead of above-ground treated lumber in a number of circumstances, several of which apply to grade-level decks: when there is low air circulation; when the deck is less than 6 inches above grade; when leaf litter, soil, or other debris may build up under the deck; or when the framing is difficult to maintain, repair, or replace and is critical to performance and .
the exterior frame was done with 2 x 8 x 16 pressure treated lumber, attached to the 4 x 4’s in each concrete deck block. we used galvanized ½ in. x 8 in. carriage bolts. we used longer 4 x 4’s on the exterior back parts of the deck, since they’d become the railing posts.
the original deck was 10' x 8', just large enough to hold the hot tub, but that is a little small for a deck to relax on. it was decided to extend the deck out to a 10' x 12' area, using the same construction methods as the original. the deck was constructed entirely of 2x6 lumber, both treated and untreated.
a ground level deck is meant to be low, which means you’ll want to consider the type of wood or composite you’ll use for framing. if the bottom of your deck frame is less than 6" above the ground or partially buried, you should use pressure-treated wood that is rated for ground contact.
this particular design is similar to a patio, except it’s all deck. our blueprint (see below) includes footings and is very solid. because this deck is flat on the ground, you can place it in many areas including: adjacent (attached) to your home, in a garden, at the edge of a bluff, in the middle of a large grassy patch, or
this project raises the level of your patio by 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 in. (depending on the thickness of your decking and whether or not you put spacers under the sleepers). so any door thresholds adjoining the patio must be at least that far above the concrete.