Deck Design Issue

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Old 06-02-10, 10:50 AM
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Deck Design Issue

I am not that experienced with deck building but I think I have a handle on the design. I have drawn a quick sketch of the top view of the deck.

My problem is that I basically have two decks that are attached via a couple stairs. The upper level deck will be attached to the house via the existing Ledger Boards. I want to attach the lower deck to the house but because the lower deck will be 14” lower it won’t line up with the ledger board that would be installed. Additionally I have a footing that would be in line with this ledger board but four feet away from the house.

1. How can I attach this deck to the potential ledger board and also to the footing that is four feet from the house? Please explain thoroughly.
2. If I have to build a free standing lower deck, will there be issues with connecting this to an attached deck via stairs. My concern is that if there is soil movement one deck will move one way and one the other way.

Thanks in advance, any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.

House is at the top of the picture
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Old 06-02-10, 03:16 PM
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A free standing deck won't move if the footings are correct. Newer designs eliminate the use of ledger boards.
 
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