deck with a view in the L. A. area is one of
the best ways to add value to your property,
as well as adding to the enjoyability. Design-wise,
always go for the view! Most Southern California
cities have special ordinances on hillside building,
and decks are considered a structure, like a
house or garage, and have to conform to all
the same zoning rules and set-backs. Usually,
you will need a geology soils report, quite
often a professional survey, and almost always
it will need to be engineered. There are general
rules on the engineering, like the depth of
the grade beam and caissons, but this may vary
with soil conditions, sometimes having to dig
down to bedrock, which may be 20 feet or more
and gets expensive. The picture on the top right
shows heavy timber construction with the concrete
grade beam between the posts and the tie beams
that are attached to the foundation of the house,
but do not show the caissons that are dug down
ten feet and two feet wide under each post.
If it is in a high fire zone, the use of fire resistant materials, using heavy timber construction or a fire resistant skirt around the structure of the deck may be required. If you are rebuilding a previously permitted deck, it may need to be upgraded to current standards.
The hillside deck is one project where you will most likely need a professional to work with. An excellent way to start would be to contact us!
For more pictures, see the Decks page!
NOTE: This design is minimal and depends upon your geology.