This deck was a true challenge and enjoyable all the way. The design had to incorporate long structural spans in order to minimize columns and maximize views. Steel beams, cold-formed (light gage) steel joists, and helical pile foundations were utilized. Helical pile foundations were necessary due to their high load capacity and ability to fit in tight spaces between and adjacent to existing structures.
A portion of the deck was desired over the driveway and entrance to the garage. Posts/columns could not be used in this location because they would limit the drive-ability below this area. The solution was to frame joists into the existing structure and cantilever/extended them out over the driveway, thereby creating 475 square feet of deck space without exposed columns.
The deck is approximately 24 feet by 24 feet with only 4 posts and no additional load added onto the existing structure. Also, the Owners and Contractor wanted a deck that felt very solid when you walked on it, so we more than doubled the code minimum deflection criteria in our design. This area of the deck was also structurally designed to accommodate a firepit and pergola.
RED FOX DECK ADDITION
This project was an addition to an existing deck. The Owner's desire was to have extended views to the west and additional gathering space in the beautiful outdoor environment in which their residence is situated. The west side of the existing structure sloped downhill which required a taller column structure and more intricate lateral resistance.