As an architect specializing in small-home design, I’m always looking to get the most out of the spaces people have available in and around their homes. With this in mind, I often see a great opportunity to gain outdoor space under raised decks. With a little thought and a little extra effort and material, this underutilized area can add to the appearance, comfort, and value of your home. Not only is this a project for capturing additional outdoor living space, but defining the area under your deck will also add character. Let’s face it — the spaces under most decks are less than attractive. If there are doors or windows looking out below the deck, this is true when viewed from the outside as well as from the inside. Creating another room outside the house allows us to perceive the house as larger.
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Each and every water proofing system for installation below decks eventually fails within three years. I've seen them all, and seen them fail. Hence, rendering this article irrelevant. ANSWER the real tough question first.
the only thing I wanted out of this article was how to prevent water coming through the deck from reaching the ceiling – nothing :-(