Can we lower a deck after it is built?
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Our two tier deck is in the mid stages of completion. Now that the cedar deck boards are being installed I'm realizing that the lower level is too high for any privacy in our suburban Toronto backyard (our grade is higher than the neighbors behind us).
The upper level deck coming off the mudroom door is about 54" high and must stay as is to clear a basement window. We have built the lower level around 42" high with the intention of having one step down from the patio doors off the kitchen.
Is it possible to lower the whole lower level (around 16x13ft) to no more than 2'off ground now that most of that deck is complete and beams are cemented in the ground?
The deck is attached to the house and we have used 2 x 6 PT joists. If its possible to fix this, I'll try to hire someone to make the changes as I think my father-in-law might have a heart attack after all the work he's put into this deck. At least there are no stairs yet (o: