wooden deck over patio or tile it?

new1234February 6, 2013

I"ll very much appreciate if you can give an advice on a situation with our patio.
We live in the old house (Bay area,California), which has a concrete patio. Many years ago it has been probably only a patio, then the pool was added, and some extra layers of cement has been added (so it is 4" next to house and 8" at the outside edge of the patio), then pool has been apparently removed, and now there are the 5"*6" blocks of old cement with 2" wooden strips between them (still almost OK). The top of the cement is about on the same level as the edge of the sliding patio door frame. The concrete is more than 50 years old and looks ugly, and we want to have a wooden patio there. We thought about putting 2*4"s on a top of the concrete, and 1" hardwood decking on the top of it, but it will cover the frame and deck will be on a door level. We also thought about removing the concrete and building the wood frame for the deck in a standard way. But in this case (cement is about 4"thick next to the door ) the decking will be too close to the ground? Or it is OK? Or nothing will work, and we should simply put a tile over that cement? May you, please, suggest what to do?
Thank you,

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