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. The 1st level is relatively low to the ground. I guess low enough so that the 1st level is a "STEP" above the ground thereby eliminating the need to build steps.
The 2nd level would be 1 step up but once again "no steps".
How do I build the base for the 1st & 2nd levels. I was thinking of using pre-fab brick bases used for decks. If the 1st level is so low I presume that the joists (2x6s) would rest in these bases.
But I'm worried about leveling the deck framing if the joists are placed directly in the bases without any 4x4s thereby having no easy method to level the framing by repositioning the 2x6s on the 4x4 uprights.
The other question I have with building this deck so low to the ground is that I guess that I would need to dig the bases into the ground to achieve the desired 'low to the ground' height.
How deep do I dig and how do I prepare the base for these pre-fab bases? Material?
YES!! I'm a novice, the only other experience was when I helped a friend build our 1st deck. He told me what to screw and where.
Since then I've been gaining more general DIY experience but need precise plans for this to work or me to be able to even get started!
Thanking you in advance for whatever info or experience you can share.
Renato (Desperately need help in Montreal)