Our first order of business was to consult the family architect (Rob’s dad) to come up with a design that would provide a large, functional outdoor living space while complimenting the scale, layout and architectural style of the home. Once the design was complete, we started digging!
Next, we installed the deck’s footings and support structure. The support beams run horizontal to the house and are built out of dual treated 2″x12″s to prevent warping and ensure stability. The footing holes were filled with at least 6″ of gravel to form a solid base and then the pre-cast concrete footings were installed with grooved tops to hold the structure in place.
Next we added a set of joists perpendicular to the house 16″ apart to support the decking. Because this is a “floating” deck it’s not attached to the house, so there is a 2″x12″ beam running along the foundation of the house that all of the joists are tied into as well as another 12″ support beam on the outside edge of the deck.
The end of the first phase left us with over 300 square feet of outdoor living space (just in time for winter)! Stay tuned for our next deck post on the finishing touches including stairs, stain and our privacy screen wall which are being finished up this week!