attaching a deck to an old house


Old 11-10-18, 02:36 PM
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attaching a deck to an old house

We have an old house with a sliding door to no where. We would like to add a deck, but it would require adding a ledger board through old stucco (not foam) or creating a freestanding deck that is over stairs to the basement. What is the best way to start this project? ledger or freestanding with the overhang?
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Old 11-11-18, 07:35 AM
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If anything I would remove that slider and install windows or even a bow window.
There is no way to install a deck there without having to crawl on your hands and knees to get to that door once the decks in place.
I vote freestanding every time when building a deck.
Old 11-11-18, 09:20 AM
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I also vote for freestanding when possible. But not for Joe's reasons. In many cases an attached deck will increase assessment and taxes.

Eliminating the sliding door for a window, kind of nixes the idea of a deck altogether.
Do you expect to use the basement door?
You could design the deck to work around the basement door. It might be a bit odd, but with the right design and imagination it could be nice. You might consider getting a professional landscaper to help with ideas.
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