Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Porches and Decks

One area of work that we have seen an increased demand in the last few years is in porches, decks and balconies.  Of course we have always had clients hire us to design these elements either as an addition to their existing home or as part of their new custom home.  The new client that has emerged is the home owner or land-lord that wants us to inspect and/ or re-design their existing porch that may be unsafe.  Unfortunately, there have been some porch collapses through-out the Chicago-land area in the past few years.  Some building departments are considering adopting new codes and inspections to help prevent this.  The City of Chicago has already adopted a porch code to help ensure that all new porches are designed and built to proper standards.  Below are a few examples of our work in this area, hope you enjoy!
This is a rear deck addition for a home in Wisconsin.

This cedar porch and balony was part of an addition to the existing house and was designed per the Chicago Porch Code.

This is an example of a porch with exit stairs that we designed for an apartment building to meet the Chicago Porch Code

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