Home Deck Design for Houses with Walkout Basements

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A home with a walkout basement can have a unique deck design. There are several factors to take into account when designing the deck for this type of house.

Designing a Deck Over a Walkout Basement

Walk out basements are included in many houses built on sloping lots. The exterior door to the basement is above ground and opens to the yard. A raised deck can be built over the basement door, providing access to the yard from the ground floor of the house.

Check Local Ordinances

One of the most important considerations for this type of home deck design is that it be built according to building codes for your area. Visit your local building inspection department and obtain all the proper permits. Local ordinances will most likely determine the size of your deck and many aspects of its construction.

Follow Safety Guidelines

Another important thing to consider in the design of this type of deck is safety. Calculate how much weight the deck will need to hold and make sure the supports and joists are adequate. Follow building codes in the design of the steps. The deck railing is a final important consideration. The railing on this type of home deck design must be strong and attached solidly to the deck.