Ground Level Decks Forum

Ground level decks are a specialty unto themselves. The lower a deck gets to the ground the more challenging it can become to build the supporting structure below.

Thankfully there are lots of different ways to accomplish this and even a few differing opinions.

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How to hide concrete piers on a ground-level deck and more 
I am building a ground-level deck using 2x8 joists. The deck height will be determined by a concrete stoop near the door. I plan to place 2x4 sleepers …

VP building a free standing deck in Toronto 
I'm "stuck" - can someone provide some feedback.... I am planning on building a free standing deck (34' across x 16' deep), with an added gazebo (10' …

Ideas for a Ground level deck 
I would like to build a ground level deck using 2 x 6's to achieve a low height without a massive step up, the grade drops aprox 1' in the rear. I …

Low Profile Deck Questions 
I just got stationed in Pensacola and would like to build a low profile deck in our new backyard. My plan is for a 12x12 deck. I have several questions …

Tips On Building Deck At Ground Level 
As noted in the title line above.... I need whatever help or tips you could provide to build a deck at ground level. It's actually a 2-level deck. …

Ground Level Deck I Built Myself 
After many years, approximately ten... I finally talked my husband into building a deck. We don't go on vacations, so I wanted to invest our money in …

Our Backyard Oasis & Suburban Retreat 
My young family of four moved into a new home and our backyard consisted of weedy and unattractive grass. We worked day and night from the spring right …

Ground Cover Under the Deck 
We have a large deck we need to fix up on an old house. What kind of ground cover under the deck do you recommend. What should you put under the deck …

Will Grass Grow Below Deck? 
I want to build a 2nd lower tier to my existing deck. This tier will be at ground level. Do I need to do anything to the existing grass I will be …

Stone and Landscape Fabric Under Deck 
I am building a deck on my two level house. I put weed blocker material and pea stone under where the future deck will be. Now that I am done I am wondering …

Footings in wet soil  
I have a quick question. I live in Minnesota and my backyard borders some swampy backwaters and is thus pretty moist once you start digging. I would like …

Low Level Free Standing Deck and Precast Cement Piers 
I wish to build a low level free-standing deck in the back yard (16ft x 7.5ft). It will be up against the house. The joist will run away from the house …

Low Profile Deck Footings for Low Level Deck 
I am building a low profile deck, have couple of questions about footings to keep the deck low to the grade. The deck is pressure treated 10'x20'. …

From Asphalt to Azaleas 
When we moved into this home, the back yard was for the most part, an asphalt drive way. I wish I could add more pictures of the before and after because …

Deck Height in Relation to a Slider Door? 
I'm wondering how close to the bottom lip of a sliding glass window you can go with the deck? Can you go right underneath or do you have to go a few inches …

Bamboo deck for Canadian winters? 
Have any Canadians build a ground level deck out of bamboo material? If so, how has it stood up to the Canadian winters?

Low Profile Deck Using 2X4 Joists 
I want to build a low profile deck at the back of my house but I don't have enough room from the door sill to the ground to use 2X6 joists. Would 2X4 …

Connecting a Pergola to free standing deck  
I want to connect a pergola to a free standing deck that is about 10x11 to add some shade on our deck. The deck is free standing and only 16" above …

Help with footings for large free standing deck 
I am building (designing) a free standing deck 34' across x 16' out from the back of the house - 20" high from ground level to surface of deck (at door …

Removing Grass Under Deck 
Is there any requirement to remove the grass under a new wood deck? The deck will be no more than 2 feet off the ground.

Demolish back porch concrete landing or build on top? Not rated yet
I'm up in the air about demolishing and removing the porch concrete landing stoop in my backyard to make way for a new deck or leaving it and putting a …

Building a Deck and Pergola - To notch or not to notch for deck beam Not rated yet
I am having trouble finding a consistent answer to my problem while designing a low level deck that will have a pergola above. I don't know if I should …

Building a deck on extremely soft ground. Not rated yet
I am looking to build a ground level deck or raised platform on the shore of a small pond within 10 feet of the water The ground is soft enough that …

Low Freestanding Deck Joists Hanging From Beams Not rated yet
I am currently building a large floating deck that sits up against my house. It is only 8 inches above ground level. The footings are deck blocks and …

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My Lil' DIY Not rated yet
Purchased a 1936 farmhouse in 1997. Been doing improvements every year. Finally it was time to take it outside. I wanted a 4 season porch and decided to …

Cook's Dock Deck Not rated yet
I got this front half of the boat given to me. I didnt know what I was going to do with it other than maybe use it for a nice bon-fire! But I wanted …

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