As low decks seem to be a constant subject of interest I thought this was worth sharing as a slightly different situation.
We needed an elevated entry to a new door into our house from the driveway. Being a very level block and having high rainfall it had to provide a dry entry. There is a very small amount of slope in the area so the gravel ensures water can easily flow.
I wanted the deck to be at the same level as where the first step-tread should be on the stringers. That meant I needed to install the first step-tread upside down (underneath).
Due to its position beside the drive in an area that is used for 3-point turns I didn't want to put the edge of the deck right on the edge of the drive as I knew it would be reversed into hence the setback.
Not finished yet as I need some merbau treads & they are impossible to find at the moment and once I have them in I'll dress the side to conceal the stringers & I'll fill the riser gaps too.
I just thought the stages of ensuring clearance may be of interest.
Many thanks for sharing this process with us @Adam_W. It's beneficial in visualising how the soil should be prepared and adequate clearance established on a low-level deck.
The river gravel looks fantastic and is a nice finishing touch. Make sure to update us once those Merbau step treads are in.
It's always a treat to see your handy work! For me it's always a learning experience as I did not imagine you could build a small low level deck in this manner. Looking forward to the next build and learning more!
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Hey @Adam_W @can you show a photo of what stirrups you used and how they are concreted? Many thanks
@Adam_W Just a quick question about those stirrups and the footings you put in. How deep and wide did you go with the concrete, anow how much clearance do you have to your timber?
I am about to do a deck partially over a slab, but part is on the ground and I am trying to work out how to do my frame up. Will start my own thread shortly, but just looking at your pic there, I might actually be ok with running a bearer with a bracket like that cemented in, and just dig away a little earth to give enough clearance to my timber.
Hi @shauny ,
the holes were only around 3 to 400mm wide and around 400mm deep. Our soil is quite stable so don't need to go much larger. Each took about 1.5 bags of quickset.
As it's a level area the concrete really just becomes a stabilising dead-weight. It's not a structural footing as it's not taking a major load or on a slope etc.
And a note on concrete... I feel confident using these smaller footings as I've switched to using a high MPa concrete mix as it doesn't crack or crumble like the lower grade stuff.
The lowest point of clearance above the finished gravel was about 50mm and there was around 40mm or so of gravel above the soil.
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