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|Posted on March 14, 2018 at 6:49 AM||comments (0)|
We really enjoyed the project below. We built a deck, a retaining wall, and fence.
The home owner decided on TimberTech's Tropical Collection: Antigua Gold for the main deck and Antique Palm for the borders. This collection has a beautiful real wood grain look. One of my favorites.
Here's the design the home owner approved.
Notice the fence in the back ground? We built it too.
It's amazing how compact all the materials are when delivered.
One of our concerns from the initial visit is how low the deck sits. Low-lying decks are actually more laborious and challenging than a normal height deck.
We certainly did not want to build the frame directly on the ground. But we didn't want to excavate too much of the Earth (none of it really) because we didn't want to create an issue with pooling water.
This is what happens when lumber lays on the ground. It appears that some joist rotted and the fix was to "sister" (sandwich) the joist but it really did nothing.
This stuff was so brittle and done.
We loved the tree...the home owner said it can't be killed. It will grow back.
More rotted lumber.... no bueno
It never dies, so off it went this tree.
It was more than we anticipated.
Finally a clear work site for us to start to figure out how to build the frame.
We end up resting the lumber on concrete footings very similar to regular builds but with out the 6x6 posts.
We did some excavating and it created an extra day of work.
We couldn't use the 2x10's like we like so we doubled up on smaller dimension lumber and spaced the joists at every 12" on-center instead of the normal 16" on-center we usually do.
]It turned out awesome - notice the square concrete footings?
Great looking deck frames.
Missed it by that much!
This was a beast to deal with.
Remember that fence? There is is in the back ground left.
Oh, here's the retaining wall the homeowner added to the project. The ground didn't even seem that high but it created a lot of dirt and two more days of work.
But it was certainly the right decision to make. Over time the ground would've likely eroded towards the beautiful new deck.
Finally some decking is making on to the deck. We're a happy bunch when that happens.
More progress...this pic shows the grey conduit & junction boxes we use for the lights.
Coming together nice.
Back to the Future
It don't get no betta...you betta, you betta, you bet.
Simply beautiful...the pergola posts are 4x4 posts with COMPOSITE POST SLEEVES. Not only does it look great, but the posts never have to be painted.
Can't wait for the tree to grow back,
Here you have it...done with riser lights and post lights as well. We're proud of this job.
|Posted on November 2, 2014 at 8:01 AM||comments (0)|
We do a lot home improvements and home repairs. Here we are building a new gate for this home. This particular fence had simply to much wood to serve as a frame. We use a Simpson Strong-Tie steel product (RTA2Z) that holds corners rigid strong, reduces lumber costs, barely noticeable, & only costs $1.98 each (only used 4 per side)
|Posted on August 10, 2014 at 3:52 PM||comments (0)|
Here we are in Roswell updating a handrail system, plus a few other things. We replaced the trim wood on the chimney, did some facia/soffit repairs, replaced a broken 4x4 fence post, & added some Simpson Strong-Tie galvanized joist brackets & 1/2 lag screws for the deck. AND we did some interior electrical work as well as lowering the exterior entrance light to accommodate a nicer one.
What exactly is that we do? We provide a little help for a little while for a lot of things. From home improvements & home repairs, to moving services, handyman help, exterior house painting and more.
|Posted on July 13, 2014 at 9:45 AM||comments (0)|
Really enjoyed working for this client, super nice guy.
We removed his old fence and installed a new pressure treated privacy fence with extra wide gate for easy access. When working with treated (green) wood make sure your fasteners (nails) are galvanized or stainless steel to prevent corrosion. Regular nails/screw will not last long & the corrosion will leave an ugly run down the wood.
On gates we use Simpson Strong-Tie galvanized corner brackets to eliminate sagging. Simpson Strong-Ties are what you see under decks, what's used in roofing, commercial construction & more. Good stuff.
Our services include help with : Home Improvement - Home Repairs - Handyman - Exterior House Painters - Movers
|Posted on May 30, 2014 at 7:23 PM||comments (0)|
Had a great opportunity to install approximately 120' of split-rail fencing in Alpharetta.
Nice day, plenty of shade, but a very weak auger - it was uh strugglin'.
Give us a call if you need a little help for a little while for a lot of things (or just one). We do all sorts of home improvements.
Handyman help movers home movers home repairs exterior house painters home improvement moving companies
|Posted on January 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM||comments (1)|
Felt like the Hunt for Red October on this one. We visited five (5) home improvement centers (red) and had no luck selecting a dozen good french (gothic) posts - unusual but true. We had to switch to the other home improvement center (blue) to find what we were looking for - you too might can relate?
As usual, and sincere, we're appreciative for the opportunity to help homeowners. We built a box fence (alternating boards on both sides), with a decorative half-moon cut. Mrs. M. was sooo nice, we had hot tea and pastries. Thank you
Below are before and after looks per stage of the project (sort of)
BTW, day two and three were started in the teens, I don't think it reached over 32 .
Home Improvements - Home Repairs - Handy Man Help - Moving Services
|Posted on January 20, 2014 at 7:00 AM||comments (2)|
|Posted on January 17, 2014 at 5:48 AM||comments (1)|