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BEFORE: this is a post and beam house with a prow on one end. The owners wanted to enlarge the deck on the left, put roofs over both of the decks shown, and add a large basement level one-story family room -- while still keeping as much glass at the first floor as possible. Challenge accepted!
BEFORE: This is the front entry deck. The clients are okay with the deck size but want a roof over it, similar to the new roof they want over the grilling deck on the back of the house. Note: the existing metal deck rails are too far apart to meet current codes. We'll fix that with the project.
The plan of attack.
DURING: The back deck's been enlarged substantially and the roof is being added. Careful planning throughout
DURING: This new addition roof has pitches designed to be shallow enough to allow decent windows to remain in the first floor family room, yet steep enough to allow a metal roof (instead of a rubber membrane one).
DURING: The clients wanted an eclectic mix of materials and textures on the addition. The fireplace projection will get cedar, while the remainder of the walls will be covered in fiber-cement panels that will be trimmed with the "Fry Reglet" system of metal edge trim.
DURING: The existing and expanded decks continue to have horizontal metal rails; new structural brackets were designed to be exposed and compliment the rails.
DURING: view from the new patio and fire bowl.
DURING: A crucial and tedious aspect of designing the new roof was to locate these purlins (beams running perpendicular to the rafters) so that they're supported by the existing posts on the house prow, between the existing windows. This then dictated where the roof pitches would change on the addition.
DURING: The ceiling will be drywalled but the purlins will remain visible, finished with wood trim.
DURING: On the original decks, the horizontal metal rails were too far apart. They've been spaced closer now to comply with code, which prohibits a 4" diameter ball from being able to pass through them.
DURING: Notice how the posts supporting the new roof beam are located to pass through the original roof and bear upon the house's exterior wall.
DURING: The exposed fasteners are an intentional design element on this project. Inside the home there were already lots of visible brackets and posts, so we continued that style outside.
(Almost!) After: the homeowner, an accomplished and self-taught carpenter, still needs to put some finishing touches on the window and beam trim.
A close up of the magnificent concrete slab in the existing and new finished basement.
AFTER: A bold decision, the homeowner painted the fiber-cement panels a charcoal gray.
AFTER: Notice how the new front porch corner post is bearing upon the new concrete retaining wall. This is part of my planning and design.