I'm planning out a deck that's about a 16 by 10 foot rectangle. (I'll be angling off one corner of it but that's not important for the question.) I want it to be next to the house, but our house is old and a bit of a hassle from a surface standpoint - it's basically 90 year old wood siding with 3 coat stucco over it. In some places, the siding was removed first, in others it was just stucco'd right over. As a result, I'm hesitant to hang a ledger off of it. I might have to go through a couple inches of stucco, then wire, then siding, to be able to get a good structural connection between ledger and rim joist.
I'm thinking of just building it freestanding, right next to the house. It's a pretty small deck, so I'd only need 4 or 6 footings, probably about 18 inches from the wall on that side, cantilevering the joists. I'd run the joists along the short side of the deck.
My question is, one: is this structurally sound this close to the house? And two: should I run anything between the wood and the house as a "buffer" between the stucco and the wood? I'm in Los Angeles, and I'd be bummed if a small earthquake knocked the deck into the stucco and took off a chunk.