May 18, 2008 12:56 am
Im planning on doing a deck area just outside from my dining room sliding door..
The deck will be 5metres square.. now the thing is the maximum frame height is around 110mm.. somebody told me about trying a free standing deck where I dig holes and pour in concrete and put in bricks for the timber frame too sit on. So im assuming there will be no bearers only joist which will sit on the concrete in bricks.... Im assume there would have too be alot of these though..
Does anybody else have any other methods of frame ideas for such a low area that I have too work with.. roadbase has already been packed down so far in that area too help with drainage of the area.
Any help would be great.
Re: Low deck frame suggestion help2
May 18, 2008 8:25 am
What about stamped/stencilled concrete?
Does it have to be a timber deck?
There are some good aluminium & composite alternatives to timber, that you can put down directly onto concrete without the moisture/rot/termite risk.
Re: Low deck frame suggestion help3
May 18, 2008 10:04 am
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Re: Low deck frame suggestion help5
May 19, 2008 7:18 pm
Decks under the BCA must be a minimum of 300mm above the ground. That being said you can do it the way you suggested. You won't need any more joists than if they were on bearers - the joists must be every 450mm regardless. You can also use galvanised post support brackets under the joists. The problem with you height is you are limited to small 90x45 joists so they will need to be supported every 1500mm-1800mm depending on the structual grade you use - thats a LOT of supports you will have to dig holes for.
Re: Low deck frame suggestion help6
May 20, 2008 10:11 am
You could also lay timber-look ceramic tiles as well. I can't find any good online examples, but I've seen some really nice ones in tile display stores.
Or you could put down these interlocking tiles on top of the concrete:
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