This deck is a beast! It’s basically two completely separate decks that are connected by a 32′ x 4′ walkway, not to mention that the deck surface is 9′ off the ground. The new deck follows the same footprint as the old; however, I gave the new deck a few upgrades. For one, the previous builders had spaced the joists at 24″, which is too far apart (it creates a bouncy floor). I spaced mine at a distance of 16″. Another issue with the old deck was the joists themselves – the previous builder used 2×8 boards, some spanning almost 16′. Again, that joist is too small and spans too much distance to be effective, which creates extra bounce in the deck floor. I used sturdy 2×10 joists all across. Finally, I upgraded the old 4×4 posts to a beefy 6×6 post. Nice! In addition, I built an extra stairway off the north side to give the homeowners an additional exit point. Treated post toppers and base trim really complete the look. Let the deck party begin! Give me a shout if I can build the beautiful deck of your dreams: 419-212-3200.