A deck built into a hillside can compliment the natural terrain.
Some of the most beautiful scenery can surround your home when backed up to a riverbed or ravine, but it certainly can present a challenge when trying to design an outdoor living space. While certain precautions need to be taken when engineering a project like this, a deck can be a great way to enjoy even the steepest of hillsides.
We first lay out the deck, incorporating the natural lay of the land into the design with multiple levels or large trees through the deck. Then we meet with a civil engineer that will take accurate measurements and determine the type of foundation necessary. There are a variety of foundations that are recommended in a challenging terrain. From steel pilons to concrete piers, the engineers stamp of approval ensures that the deck will be built to last.
There is often additional bracing necessary but the deck can then be built with standard framing, decking, and railing details. A stainless-steel cable, or glass-panel rail is a great finishing touch that won’t obstruct the view from the deck or inside the house. Sometimes a rough terrain can be the prime candidate for a deck project, taking an otherwise unusable backyard and making it into a personal oasis.
As soon as he could lift a hammer, Steve has been building forts and projects in every spare moment. Learning the trade from both grandfathers, he’s been working as a carpenter for the past fifteen years. Now designing outdoor living spaces at the woodland deck company, he puts his passion and skills to use on a daily basis. He spends his free time with friends and family, doing as much outdoors as possible.
March 21st, 2017