Mark English Architects, AIA
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May 28, 2014
lisaafleisher wrote:
Could you tell me the depth of the Ipe wood? Is it 7/8, 1", or 5/4?
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Hi lisaafleshier,

For the region you are building it in, it's best if you go with thicker product. Like Mark and Select Hardwood Floor stated, the heftier the better. But, naturally as thickness goes up so does price. The 5/4" material (net finished 1") will work great in your area and it spans 24" on center from joist to joist. Thicker 2" material (net finished 1-1/2") will be far more expensive.

We're glad you chose Ipe over PVC, and hope this bit of information helps you in your construction lisaafleisher.
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Select Hardwood Floor Co.
Not only does the price go up... so does the weight.
Yikes that stuff is HEAVY!
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December 5, 2013
261meadow wrote:
What kind of windows are these? Wood or vinyl? - What kind of windows are these? Wood or vinyl?
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Blomberg.
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October 20, 2013
pspappano wrote:
Beautiful design! What color paint is on the railing? Thank you.
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We don't have the info- I think it was a deep grey brown.
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June 16, 2013
Tiffany Marchell Young wrote:
Does ChoiceDek fade? How does it compare to Trex decking?
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I'm interested why you stay away from Trex also.
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Trex is not even in the top five when it comes to selecting a wood alternative decking product. It has the familiar name and it has a huge claims department to back it up. Look at Wolf, Club, Azek, TmberTech, all way better choices. As far as ChoiceDek fading, if it doesn't have a stain and fade warranty in writing, it fades. How much,TBD.
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May 12, 2013
jnlndrsn wrote:
How do I landscape around a power box - Please help
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Hi, I think you will find inspiration if you do a detailed Houzz photo search.
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May 12, 2013
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So if you were to oil this deck at this point... Would it bring back the original rich wood grain look? Thanks
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Hi Ryanoz,

Yes Ipe would come back to its original rick dark color. It's always best to use some sort of cleaner and brighter product before Oiling again on weathered boards for better performance. These are easy solutions that can be mopped on and hosed off.
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March 17, 2013
ntrede wrote:
Do you know if this railing system conforms to code for roofdecks in Boston (on top of 4th story)? Looks great
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Hi, I don't know. I can't think of why it wouldn't if it met the height requirements.
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In our area (Topanga, CA) the issue is how far apart are the horizontals. Can a child put it's head between? I'm told they test it with a rubber ball.
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May 13, 2012
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Mark English Architects, AIA
I meant "Feeney".
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Beautiful weathered decking...this is a nice looking product.
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March 5, 2012
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You can try http://stainlesscablerailing.com their quote was a few 1000 less then cablerail com on the cable railing system
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Thanks Joe
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January 7, 2012
jaynew wrote:
I'm building a similar metal roof and we are trying to decide between downspouts or rain chains. The downspouts here look very subtle. Can you give me the dimensions? I'm not sure what the minimum slope required is. Thanks!
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These are standard rectangular downspouts. I would have preferred chains.
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February 1, 2011
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Please note the architect, Mark English's comment on the deck materials. He used CableRail by Feeney for infill and this is a custom fabricated frame. If you'd like an entire system, check out http://www.feeneyinc.com/Architectural/DesignRail
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Did you seal the wood with a clear sealer and then let it weather or is this completely bare? I am interested in Ipe because I want the gray and brown tones for our decking but want to be sure I treat it correctly to achieve that look. Our decking will get direct sunlight but it is under a covered porch so not much in the way of rain. Thank you!
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Installation: There are three ways to install ipe, each with a varying amount of labor and a different cost. The first option is to drill and countersink screws with the head exposed, which has the lowest labor cost. The second option is to drill and plug, which means that a hole is drilled through the material so that a screw can be installed below the surface of the board, then infilled with a small round piece of ipe that’s glued in place to cover the screw. Then it’s sanded down and finished with a sealer. Because ipe is so dense, this technique is labor intensive and dulls drill bits quickly.The final option with ipe is to router a groove along the side of the boards and use concealed fasteners to fit into these grooves, with the fasteners secured to joists below. The cost of the predrilled boards is higher — as is the cost of the fasteners — but the labor cost is lower. It may still be a wash on pricing, but the finished product will be more seamless. Cost: $9 to $11 per square foot

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dark metal but not black architect, Mark English's comment on the deck materials. He used CableRail by Feeney for infill and this is a custom fabricated frame. If you'd like an entire system, check out http://www.feeneyinc.com/Architectural/DesignRail”
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