I was looking at below photo and realized they basically put the trim joists of the platform on top of the bottom joists / beam. Is that allowed? I thought you have to actually put footings for the raised platform.
Anyhow, if this method is OK, is there limitation on how big the platform could be?
Sorry for being unclear and the photo example above is not a good representation of my question. So here is a drafted plan for my deck that I just drew in Google Sketchup:
There are more on the right side of it. But it's the idea. I basically have 4 beams. Joist span is 9 feet except the middle, which has 2 beams spacing of 7 feet apart because of some trees.
Now I want to build a raiser like below:
I assume it will be 7" high. My question now becomes:
Can I just put a new 2x6 joists on top of the 2x8 joists below but running 90 degree across?
Or is it better NOT to run joists underneath but create separate set of footings?
If both are OK, I think #1 is easier to do but costly. #2 is a bit harder due to bunch of cutting but save some materials!!?
So I did some more search and found this http://www.diydeckplans.com/tags/framing
I was trying to use similar idea. Basically, look like it's OK to have upper beam and lower beam. But in my case, I won't put the beam on the side of the post but it's directly on top of the 4x4 post.
This is a new design I just came up with. Basically, starting from the left, I will have 2 joists hanging (left red circle). Then 9 joists laying on top the beams to act as the raiser platform.
On the right side of the deck, there is a large area that is 7" lower. Here are a few points:
I will make the 4x4 posts 7" lower on the right side.
That makes the joists hanging near the house but laying on top of the 3 further beams.
But I have a question about the right red circle area. How should it be connected to the post?
Option A: Can I nail or hang a "beam" to "post"?
Option B: Or do I have to make the post closer now (instead of 5 feet spacing) and that part is an overhang?
Thank you for your patient.