Add a patio floor below your deck to make an outdoor living room for your basement!
The space below a deck can be a shaded oasis for you to enjoy outdoors at home. Of course, if the deck is to low to the ground using the space is not a good option – in fact, if a deck is too close to the ground it can become a place for critters, such as skunks, groundhogs and snakes to enjoy outdoors at your home!
But, when your deck is truly elevated, you could have plenty of headroom to make an outdoor living room your family can use. The elevated deck can even provide shade and shelter for your lower patio for cool outdoor living in hot summer. Whenever you have a finished lower level with a basement entrance from the house to outdoors the space under a deck can become a great extension of the basement living space. Whether your basement is a man cave, a kid’s playroom or an in-law suite the lower level patio will make a great space for your family to enjoy outdoors.
Here’s how to get started:
- Measure the height from the bottom of the deck beam to the ground
- Measure the height from the bottom of the deck floor joists to the ground at the house wall
- Measure the distance from the house wall to the Deck Posts
If the Height is greater than 7’0″ to the beam there should be almost 8’0″ to the ceiling. This is enough headroom to use the space. I once embarked on a project with much less head space, I fixed this problem by calling on a mini excavator rental near me and having the ground level lowered slightly to make it comfortable to be there. It turned out great, goes to show that in life there are always solutions to try!
If the posts are at least 10’0″ from the house wall, you can create a cozy space for furnishings. Of course the patio can always extend beyond the deck for additional space downstairs.
Always consult your local building code to determine if a permit is needed and a professional for design expertise. Construction of a patio adjacent to your home may be a project best left to a contractor, to ensure the proper compaction of soil and slope away from the house to avoid water penetration at the basement.