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Old 05-17-15, 11:04 AM
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Deck Level- See pictures enclosed

I have a patio of 33 feet length and a deck for 14 feet length. Deck level is 2 feet above the patio. The deck is not in a good shape, so I am trying to redo it. I am looking at various options. As you see from the pictures, the yard slopes down. What is the best option - Extending the deck as the same level as the patio or just keep it at the same level as it is now, which is 2 feet above the patio? If I keep the deck at the same level as the patio, I can still use the space below the deck, I may not be able to walk in as it is now, but I don't care much about the ability to walk below the deck. I have a big yard. I am purely looking at the option that adds value and helps in re-sale

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Old 05-17-15, 11:12 AM
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I'd probably erect the new deck one step [6-7"] above the patio and forget about using the underside for storage. It would be better to have a shed for that anyway.
 
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Old 05-17-15, 12:59 PM
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Not sure how you keep things dry under it, anyway. I agree. Concentrate on the height you deem comfortable. Is the current deck free standing? If it is attached, you may be stuck with keeping it at the level you have, now. Free standing, no restrictions.
 
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I'm not even seeing any reason it's there, I'd tare it down.
Makes that nice house look like a shack.
 
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I open to not having a deck. In such case, does it impact resale value? or look ugly?

Currently there is a plastic roofing (Poly Carbonate) panel under the deck, installed with a structure supported by cinder block walls and 2X4s. But you are correct, the floor below is still wet since it is the lowest point in my home and water goes through that point.

Also the deck is attached to the concrete wall using a ledger board 2 X 10 and lag bolts. Two other side of the deck is not properly supported, the legs are simply sitting on cinder blocks.

Added to this, the electric meter is right under the deck... It is just sitting in the middle of ledger board
 
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Old 05-17-15, 03:11 PM
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It seems you have several strikes against keeping the deck, none of the least is the ledger attachment, which will fail eventually. Even if you wanted to replace the deck, you would need to remove the existing one. Why not go ahead and remove it and clean the area. You may like it bare with only the patio. Let us know what you see.
 
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Pictures below the deck. electric meter is just in the center of the ledger board
 
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Old 05-17-15, 04:52 PM
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Best I can tell, there were no best building practices exercised in the construction of this "SHED" and it certainly should not and is not safe to consider using as a deck. The deck part must have been an after thought. Too many building errors to mention. It is unsafe for either use and needs to be torn down. Then re-look at what you want and build it correct and to code.
 
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ok. got it. I am going to tear down the deck
 
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