Multi-level deck

by Chuck - a first-timer

I have an existing 5x10 PT deck. I want to replace the deck with cedar and then add a second, lower-level deck. The second deck will be 2 steps below the first deck.

My question is:

How am I supposed to connect the 2 decks - can I simply build the 2 decks and then do box stairs to connect them. What do I anchor my stairs to?

I have seen articles on building multi-level decks but they seem to be talking about having posts anchored into the ground for support. Can someone help me understand if my simpler idea of laying stairs on top of the lower deck will suffice?

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Apr 24, 2010
A few tips
by: Editor - Rich Bergman

You do not have to connect the two decks. In fact they generally should rest independently on their own beams. Box stairs are often simple for low elevation changes and to give the stairs a larger wider more prominent look and feel.

The stair boxes are usually just screwed to the decking they sit on. When you have a higher elevation change such as 3 feet or more you should definitely build a standard style of stairs which are secured to both decks.

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