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post #1 of 9 Old 08-14-2018, 05:29 PM Thread Starter
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Building a wood deck attached to a brick house

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After seeing alot of YT videos (especially the US decking experts;-) i've tried to build my own deck. It al started with an idea instead of a concrete plan. Because off all the miscalculations, it takes some more time, and is divided into parts ;-) I would love to hear your comments on both the woodworking aswell as on the video...Kind regards, Victor

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Where do you find workers that work so fast? Might help to find some that work a little slower. There should be caulk or some kind of sealant between the board fastened to the house. In winter water will get between the wood and the house and freeze causing the anchors to pull through the wood loosening it.
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Thanks for sharing. Its always nice to see designs from other countries and compare them to our building code. For example that cement block corner support would be over kill in the states. Where I live (Upstate NY) we need to dig below the frost line (42 or just over 1 meter) then fill it with concrete and then finally set wood post tomsupport the deck. Might sound easy but the last Ice Age deposited Medina Stone all over the north east US and you cant dig into the ground just a few inches without hitting the rocks! Miserable job!

We also have an interesting law in our town for decks and other outside structures. If the deck is attached to the house (we call that a ledger board) then it is considered a permanent improvement and you pay additional taxes, assuming you got the appropriate permit approval first. If you do not get the permit then you are fined. If the deck is free standing then it is not considered permanent and you pay no additional tax. If the deck is more than 3 feet off the ground it must have a railing.

So how do they know if you have a deck or pool or out building on your property? One every few years they hire a company to fly over the neighborhoods and take photos of properties then compare them to the previous years photos. Now I think they use google satellite images and soon drones. Pretty sad when youd think about it.

So good luck with the deck! Hopefully you can have a deck party when the Dutch team is back in the World Cup along with the US and Italy!

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For someone who started this with no plan and just an idea it sure seems to be going off according to a plan. Nice work. Be a nice addition for you and your family to enjoy.
Thank goodness I live in the country. Couldnt handle having neighbors so close to me.

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Thanks for all the usefull and funny comments ;-) Keep them coming! Yes, the blocks are overkill here too! I've put sealant between the wood and brick, good tip! Part 3 is ready, part 4 almost (kinda unstructural or logic build up in things, it all comes together...) Greetings
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I built a two level 13'x26' deck at our old house. I did not attach it to the house at all. Each level sat on nine 6x6 posts set in concrete. The deck was built right up to the vinyl siding so I didn't have to remove anything. The decks were in place for over twenty years and never moved. This method worked very well when I took the deck down to replace it with a concrete patio of the same size.

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I built a two level 13'x26' deck at our old house. I did not attach it to the house at all. Each level sat on nine 6x6 posts set in concrete. The deck was built right up to the vinyl siding so I didn't have to remove anything. The decks were in place for over twenty years and never moved. This method worked very well when I took the deck down to replace it with a concrete patio of the same size.
I would have done this aswell if i could. In my case it wasn't an option to break down the concrete border around the house, for several reasons. Therefore i chose to let it rest on the border and attach it to the house with anchor bolts.
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And part 4 is ready:-) Feedback is welcome! On to part 5, 6 ......
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Thanks for sharing, Victor.
I'm planing to build my own deck next year. Following your topic.
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