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Now that my heat works I am thinking of project #2. I want to build a
ground level deck, about 8 x 10 in the backyard.

It needs to be ground level because the area where it will be is next
to the bulkhead for the basement.

I have ten 8 foot long 6 x 6 PT wood for the base that was formerly a
sandbox.

The temp is warm enough now that I can level the ground and remove what
grass remains, so I figured that was a good start. Then I would lay
down fabric and the PT wood. I would wait until the spring for the
laying of the decking.

I know that a ground level deck just floating on the ground is not
ideal, however I have heard of many small decks made in this manner.
Thoughts on this method?

I am also considering having my driveway done over - as the asphalt is
a mess. The proposed deck area is off the driveway to the left -
thoughts on simply having the area of the deck asphalted instead of
putting in the deck? Additional costs estimates for doing so?

I am in prelim stages, and learning, so any input is appreciated.
Thanks,


Bluesman

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Greetings ~

Now that my heat works I am thinking of project #2. I want to build a
ground level deck, about 8 x 10 in the backyard.

It needs to be ground level because the area where it will be is next
to the bulkhead for the basement.

I have ten 8 foot long 6 x 6 PT wood for the base that was formerly a
sandbox.


Why make a ground level deck? It is a good hiding place for skunk, rodents,
insect. it is dark to sustain mold growth. It must be stained or painted or
otherwise cared for.

Consider a cement or some sort of masonry patio. Less maintenance, cleans
with a hose or broom, no staining or treating. Decks make a lot of sense
if they are raised a couple of feet or more. Mine is 8 feet high off the
kitchen, but under it I have a cement patio. It will not rot, and I've
done no upkeep like I must on the deck.


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