A customer of mine wants me to build a free standing deck approx. 14′ x 14′. The deck will be up tight to the house on one side and will be about 11′ from grade to the floor system. Using 6×6 posts, does anyone have suggestions for the best way to anchor this thing to the ground so it won’t be wobbly and wiggly.
I will use 4×4 or 6×6 45 degree braces bolted between the band and the posts. If the posts were anchored to good, solid footings using Simpson post bases would that be enough? Does code specify any requirements for this?(Too lazy to look it up myself this late at night.)
I’m not a big fan of burying the posts deep in concrete or the ground for that matter because we all know they will probably eventually rot. I live in a relatively wet climate so I don’t want to take any chances with that.
As for the reason we don’t want to bolt it to the house, it’s because it is an old stucco house and we are trying to avoid penetrating it which would require cutting out stucco, flashing, patching that probably wouldn’t match, etc.