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Old 04-27-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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Decking height and gap to side of house.


Going to build a free standing deck support by concrete piers.
The house siding is brick veneer with concrete piece at bottom of door.
What is the pros and cons of deck height, level to concrete piece at bottom of door or lower?
What should be the gap between decking to side of house?
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:29 PM   #2
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you defenitly dont want your deck to be higher than you door step.
Lower or level is ok. But make sure you dont take it down more than 7"
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:32 PM   #3
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Post a picture Quency for better ansewers.
And please disregard the last posters suggest as to it's ok to have it level with the threshold.
My local code calls for at least 4".
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:53 PM   #4
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Post a picture Quency for better ansewers.
And please disregard the last posters suggest as to it's ok to have it level with the threshold.
My local code calls for at least 4".
Joe, that must be only a local code as it is hard to build an accessible deck for handicapped that is not level with the threshold.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:01 PM   #5
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Joe,
You want picture of the house?
Deck is not build yet, going to this summer though.
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:02 PM   #6
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Yes a pict of the house is nice, and a drawing of what exactly you are proposing.
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Old 04-28-2012, 11:33 AM   #7
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Pros: easy access for wheelchairs and folks with difficulty with steps.

Cons: potential for water entry with heavy rain; snow buildup against door; code may require a minimum distance.
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Old 04-28-2012, 01:08 PM   #8
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I don't know that the step down from the floor to the deck is a code based issue. There is nothing in my code (ITC 2006) that I could find that addressed the minimum step down from finished floor elevation to the deck. Common practice is to set the deck 3 or 4 inches below the floor level, mine is 3 inches lower, and there may be local codes that address this, but if someone can find it in IRC let me know.
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when you tuck the duck right under the door threshold I find that leaves and snow pile up in front of the door and get in the house with traffic and wind when the door opens. I find that when the deck is even or at 6" or 7" lower the threshold gets stepped on frequently and many doors with adjustable thresholds end up broken. A step can have a 7 inch riser but you don't then have to step over a threshold making 7" in this situation a much greater step. . 4" is a prime placement. If the deck is going to be free standing that is another reason to not put it even with the door. I don't know what you climate is but where I am from code requires piers at 48" and there have been years where frost hit 50" plus and heaved everything. You wouldn't want every one tripling out the door if that ever happen. I would gap it 1/4 from the house.
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Daniel: '06:http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...011_par006.htm

'09; http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...011_par002.htm

And; http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...011_par003.htm
First part said "doors", second said specifically "egress doors"..... yet both are under "Egress" title.....

2012 clears it up; http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...011_par004.htm

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