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#1 posted 07-30-2017 09:15 PM

I actually build decks for a living. Since this is such a low structure not attached to the house, it probably doesn’t need to be permitted. I would go with the floating pre-cast concrete blocks option. Dig down so they’re just barely above grade. Put some 5/8” minus gravel beneath them so they’re ready to drop your 2×8 joists across them.

Make a 12’x11-9” box from the 2×8’s, then fill the box with 2×8’s on 16” centers across the 12’ length. Put the concrete blocks just tucked in on the corners by about 16”-24” to either side (depending on which joist you land on). Then cover the whole thing with 5×4” x 6×12’ (or 2×6’s) deck boards making sure to screw each board twice on each joist, leaving 1/4” between boards. Let the deck boards run wild over each end, then cut them flush on the ends with a chalk line. This is why the deck is 11’-9” instead of 12’ and it’ll still look square.

As a lover of Asian-inspired architecture, I love a good floating deck. If you’re going to go to the effort and expense, I think having the deck sit on pavers along the edge looks tacky. A floating deck has an almost mystical appeal to it because you can’t see any structure.

You should be able to complete this whole project in one long day with wood you can fit in the truck in one trip.

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