One of the challenges that we often face with higher walk-out decks is placement of the long staircase. When a deck is 7’ to 9’ above grade the staircase can be 16’ or longer, so we must be careful to place it in a location that is most useful without negatively affecting the flow of the backyard. When planned carefully, it can often do double duty as a privacy screen.
The upshot of a high above-ground deck is that you can easily double your living space by finishing the area under the footprint of the deck. This allows two usable spaces to enjoy - an upper deck area for enjoying the warm sun, and a covered lower area for shade when it gets too hot. But what about if it rains?
The best part of finishing the area under your deck is that it can be waterproofed. You can install a waterproofing layer in the framing area that will divert the water away from the house into a gutter. There are a few impressive systems out there and Trex Rain Escapes is one of them. See http://www.trexrainescape.com/ for more information. We prefer the membrane type of systems that are installed before the decking is screwed down.
Only use membrane systems for the following reasons:
If you have a walk out basement, this is a great way to add more space to the underside of your deck and give you an additional, usable dry space. Now you can enjoy the outdoors even when it rains, and you won't even have to move your cushions or furniture at the first sign of drizzle.
Keep this option in mind if you have a higher deck even if you don’t plan to use the area underneath at this point. Leave yourself the option to do it down the road if you choose to.
I founded Woodland Deck in 2000 to create decks and outdoor spaces to be enjoyed for generations. Here in beautiful Northeast Ohio, we’re lucky to experience four dramatically different seasons throughout the year, and I want you to be able to enjoy each one of them from the comfort of your own backyard. As a deck-building company, we are always looking for ways to better our products, services, and ourselves. We are passionate about life outside and believe that enjoying God’s creation is a rich gift to us.
We are looking to understand your dream and vision for the outdoors, but we don’t stop there. What are your likes and dislikes? How and when you are looking to use the space?
We start with a phone or email consultation to gather preliminary info that will help us in providing effective deck construction solutions. We are interested in learning as much as possible about the specifics of the project. Not sure what the scope is? We can help!