We had constructed a screened porch from the main level of the house for these owners previously and now they wanted an open deck from the lower level walk-out. Because the grade level was so close to the ground the design we came up with was to pour a s We had constructed a screened porch from the main level of the house for these owners previously and now they wanted an open deck from the lower level walk-out. Because the grade level was so close to the ground the design we came up with was to pour a small patio just outside the door and have a single step up onto the deck surface. This was the best option and it worked out wonderfully.