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Deck with Oversized Privacy Screen On Bluewater Beach

Oversized 8′ Privacy Screens help block the wind and the view of the house next door on this massive 1200+ sq’ deck with cascading stairs down to the water.

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This deck needed an oversized privacy screen to block the view of a  half built cottage near Wasaga Beach Ontario.  It takes a bit of work and forethought to anchor a big sail like that in a deck without it working loose over time, or overstressing the deck. We will release a DIY version of this project soon– leave a note if you would like to see that. We want to give you some details for deck and ground mounting.

Building an 8′ privacy fence is much like building a 6′ fence, however you need more post, and closer together. If the site is exposed to open wind, it should be tightened up even more. The key is anchoring it into the deck and giving it leveraged support from anywhere you can. It can be footings in the ground, or anchored to the beams supporting the deck. You will need to consult with an expert to create these details in a safe way.

This large curved red cedar waterfront deck features a shower, gated dining room (for windy days) and cascading steps as well. This deck is roughly 1200 square feet and located on Bluewater Beach near Wasaga Beach.

Building decks in Sand

Sand is a different animal for building decks in. Most building departments don’t have good advice to offer. They will often ask for engineered drawings to cover themselves. Basically, because sand shifts and moves around there are 3 ways to deal with it. Much larger footing bases, floating footings or helical footings.  Here is how to think about it. When sand is wet or dry, the support numbers change. That means that any footings, when pressure changes or they experience vibrations from being overloaded during a party, they will often settle in. So, traditional footings likely shouldn’t be connected to a frost wall if they are in sand, because they will move. Lets look at each one separately.

Floating Deck Footings

Basically, floating footings are a beam made of concrete with a large footprint. We like to make them full size and give them rebar to support a deck. This keeps the supports level to each other, and even if the footings do settle a bit, you likely won’t notice. This type of footing is not suited to connecting to the home. It should be an unattached deck only.

Traditional Sonotube deck Footings

Traditional deck footings, don’t use in sand. You basically have to dig deeper and wider and either pour a base slab 3-4′ wide, or use a big foot. I prefer a poured slab…it give a more jagged base to lock things in place.

Helical Deck Footings

Helicals are ideal for sandy soil support for decks. They are engineered, so they keep going down until they hit support. There is no question as to what these footings will support, it is all in the numbers.

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