We met some wonderful folks that purchased a house in Fort Valley. The views were incredible, but it lacked a rear deck. They gave us a call and presented the challenge: they wanted a rear deck, but did not want to obstruct their views with columns.
We visited the site and evaluated the conditions. Since we did not know the existing footing situation under the existing house we needed to be creative with supporting the new structure. We also wanted to add a deck across the entire rear of the home – with as few columns as possible. So we developed a strategy to create a walkway along the edge of the house to connect two modest sized decks – preserving the light into the main room of the basement and the views out of all the windows.
Beautiful deck design. My company had a request once to build a deck without the railing blocking the view from a sitting position. We solved the problem by making it a bi-level surface with a step down that allowed for the railing height to still meet code but be out of the line of sight.
I can’t vote in Harrisonburg but I hope you win Charles. Good Luck!