Yanita wrote:To try and circumvent codes is going to cause you alot of grief, with the powers at be, your home owners insurance and the structural damage that your home may recieve.
This has been an ugly learning experience for me, I can tell you. I started this project about 18 months ago, when the existing 1/2 perimeter deck rotted out sufficiently that it was unsafe. I started work on replacing it myself and didn't give it a second thought; after all, I own this property, don't I?
Now, I'm discovering that nobody except the government truly owns anything.
Anyway, by this point, I've completed the rebuilding of the original 1/2 perimeter deck, and I've extended it all the way around the house. Thank God that I didn't attach it to the house at any point. It is fully free-standing, and from all I can tell from attempting to decipher the code, I pretty dramatically overbuilt it. It looks like all I'll have to do is maybe add a couple of slats to the railing and a small amount of additional bracing between the posts on the downhill side to make it pass. Also, thank God that I didn't get far on the roof project before I got worried about the Letter of the Law.
It helps that I live way out in the county, where regulation is less intrusive. From what I'm hearing from locals, the county will probably work with me--my area is overflowing with obviously non-permitted construction, so the county will probably be overjoyed to hear from me at all. If I lived in Austin proper, I'd be tearing it all down no matter how well I built it, since I am not a "professional."