Low Profile Deck/Patio design

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Low Profile Deck/Patio design

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I am trying to get started building a deck and would like to get some feedback on the design of the framing and board layout. The plan is to attach it to the existing concrete slab and make it the same width as the covered porch. There is only about a 6" drop from the existing porch to the ground, so I'm a little worried about how to fit the framing and make the deck flush with the slab.

Also, please let me know if the framing layout is alright or if I'm completely off. I'm planning to use Ipe or Cumaru for the deck boards so I want to make sure I get everything right from the start.

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I can't comment on Tx code. Here in NY, a permit isn't need for a deck under 18" high but footings are needed. You didn't mention what your plans were to attach the deck to the patio.
 
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How close will the framing be to the ground? If there isn't sufficient air flow under the deck it's apt to stay damp under it and shorten the life of the lumber.
 
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For something that's built so close to the ground, I'd forget anything framed with wood and instead use decorative concrete or paver stones. Both would have close to zero maintenance requirements, and will never rot like your deck framing will.
 
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Pulpo - I've checked with the city and a permit isn't required for my deck...I also forgot to include the footings in the drawing. I plan on putting a concrete pier at each corner and then a couple in the middle for support and bolting the ledger board to the front of the concrete patio.

marksr - ventilation is definitely one of my main concerns. There's only about 6" from the patio to the ground and a slight slope away from the house...probably another 4-6" drop from the back side of the deck to the front edge. If I use 2x6 framing then it will be pretty close to touching the ground. Suggestions would be much appreciated. Should I dig a few inches down and backfill with gravel to help with drainage?

BridgeMan45 - I might end up going that route in the end, but I really prefer the look of a wood deck so I'm leaning that direction for now.
 
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Also, here's a photo of the actual space...

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Why do you need a ledger?
 
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Gravel would help but you really need air circulation under the deck to dry out the framing. Personally I wouldn't consider wood for your deck, I'd either pour concrete or use pavers. Concrete will cost more upfront but is cheaper [no maintenance] in the long run.
 
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Patio.

I don't think you'll have enough height above ground for a deck. If you do go with a deck, I see no reason for a ledger.
 
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