Kazys Varnelis
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Highland Deck House Renovation modern

Highland Deck House Renovation

The upper deck. Deck Houses are named after the structural cedar deck ceilings, but they often have decks too, and these are very much part of the house.

In this photo you can see the bad hardware on the exterior, but the real issue is the deck.

The cedar had been stained with a solid stain. It looked awful. Worse yet, poor upkeep over the years meant that it was no longer safe and had to be replaced.

Note the sagging rail on the left. That was the result of a failed glulam beam below the lower level. It was causing the whole house to slowly sink into the yard. We knew it was a problem, but wish we'd known just how bad during the negotiating process for the house. An engineer later told us that it was the reason we had trouble opening the sliding doors. The deck isn't merely on the exterior, it's tied to the whole house's structure.

This photo has one question

Carolyn Graf wrote:
Yup, same issue with our deck house - Our was disclosed by the sellers, and taken care of but our entire deck had to be removed, and 2 beams that went under the living room were partially replaced with new sections "sistered" on. Additional columns/posts were put under the deck and all of the exterior exposed beams were topped with copper flashing before the decking was put back on. Love seeing others' deck house projects. Carolyn Annapolis, md
   Comment   January 8, 2014
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We have purchased numerous products from the deckhouse, e.g a replacement front door (waffle pattern), cedar siding, new hardware (handles) for glass sliding doors, mahogany railings for deck -
August 1, 2014 at 6:28PM   
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Kazys Varnelis
Well the beam broke because the tree fell on it. I'm 100% sure that an interior beam breaking from a direct tree hit could be repaired as well. I'd rather have the beam break and everyone and everything be safe rather than the carnage more traditional construction might have. As for purchases… windows, new decking, interior doors, baseboards. Not everything matches so I improvise as I can, but much of it does. Just give them a call.
August 1, 2014 at 6:33PM   
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