We're busy with other renovations now but I'd like to start planning a new deck to be built in a few years.
This deck will come off our back entrance, where there is already a small deck. I'd like to continue this across the back of the house & around.
However, to the left of the deck is an external door into our basement (formerly a cellar door, it's been updated & we have access from inside the house as well).
I'd like to know if anyone has dealt with, or seen this dealt with in a deck before?
We still want to have easy access to the basement from outside (necessary on a farm!). Covering it with a door in the floor of a deck is possible, but I'm unsure of how that would work.
work really badly if you live in a snow and ice area, frankly. really, really badly if you or Mother nature puts a potted plant on the hatch and you have to pile into the basement on spotting a tornado, or bail out like your tails are on fire from this safety egress.
that plan is a non-starter when you bring your papers to the Crown for a building permit.
don't see a handrail on the steps of the egress, either.
you might get by with a walkway right over the door, with a new staircase curving up onto the deck, perhaps. deck in two halves? we have a high deck and a low deck at our place, the low deck partly butchered last year to put in an egress window. the upgrade of the upper deck in a year or two will probably turn to a shade/sun deck on top with an expanded patio below, and a gate and fence for safety around the egress.
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Your stuck with leaving that area open, build the deck in a U shape around it with an opening for access or a small gate with railings on both sides to the stair well.
This would be a lot of work, but... you could reconfigure the steps coming up from the basement so that they run adjacent to and parallel to the house' You could then continue the deck about four feet from the wall over the area that is now taken up by the steps.
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