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The Perks









All the lumber for the desk was from decks we have demo'd. We can build one for you too.


























































































































































We used 

The Bold & The Beautiful



And the lucky.  We're glad always grateful for making it thru the system and getting referred. 














Great subdivision in Woodstock. 











Cute home with a front porch and red door. Awesome. 
But the homeowners wanted a bold look and at the time I thought it a little to bold. 






But I think it turned out awesome and great. 
We also replaced the old railing system and stairs. Notice the white riser on the new paint job versus on the pic above? 






Stair have no risers on the left but code requires them. 

'Nuff Said






We love this stuff! 



















We painted her new town home. 

Multi-Tasking...Yes We Can




We can when our pics are juxtaposed. :) 


We have a few Realtor partners that we're able to help with leasing and listing preps. 













We're able to paint the outside and in the inside of homes. 
















Call us for a free quote. 


A Little Help for a Little While for a Lot of Things




There's no business like referral business. There's no business I know.  :) 















But local business is a little sweeter. 












We actually did some minor drywall repairs inside but I can't find those pics. 









From the inside came a few other things the homeowner needed. 
















We needed to replace the rotted trim and better secure the gutters. Easy Peasy. 














Time Is On My Side




We built this deck in December 2017....ooops.













The old deck was supported by inferior lumber dimensions. 4x4 posts. The beams were only 2x8's.











The new deck has a larger footprint and is supported by 6x6' posts.











A little rot on the window. 













Ok, maybe a lot of rot. We had to replace the 2x10 band. 





















Here's the 2x10 band we replaced. No way could've continued the build as-is. 



















 












































































































































































































































The Far Side















The Root Issue Turned Out To Be This

The title is as far as my creativity got on this one. 









I wish I had some pics before the boys busted tings up. As you can likely imagine the concrete was buckled but no one expected this massive root (the massive tree outside should've cued us). 






















We had to pose with our catch. Had to. 

















Back to work...ok so as in other concrete work we do, we drilled and inserted rebar to the existing slab to help prevent cracking and help keep the new concrete together with the old. 

We also rolled out welded wire mesh. 
















This is what it looks like as we're finishing up. 





















Not bad, not bad. 

Clean Your Roofs or Else...

...and unfortunately it'll really cost your more money and more hassle. 
It's hard to see the pine-needle build up but it occurs and unfortunately it cause water/moisture to work it's way down. 










In this case it started a small leak in the master closet.

As you can see the damage was pretty severe considering pine needles. Maybe a big branch could've caused the problem but there were two separate places on the roof with the same issue. 




















We had to replace a lot of OSB sheathing, 























Here's the second spot we identified. 

























We installed new OSB sheathing, new felt paper and added a granular surfaced roof leak barrier in the valley. 

















Here's an entire section replaced with architectural shingles. 

It All Started when...








We're really glad to have been part of this small project. The homeowner is a great person. 






She wanted to update her master shower and tub tile and we did just that. 













We strip everything down to the studs and build new. Here you see the rubber membrane, then the mortar on the bottom right and the shower tile on the bottom left. 

















It's a cumbersome process getting rid of the old tile because afterwards there's prep work needed for the new tile. 



But it sure looks awesome when it's done. 

















Here's a view of the 2x4 studs where Fernando is getting ready for to install the membrane. 




The pic is the James Hardie BackerBoard sealed with shower mesh tape and liquid cement to prevent water from leaking out. 















A nice little before and after.















Very nice looking tile and excellent tile work. Pics don't do this project justice. 


 


(below) 
Done.  

Back in Black

Yes, we're thankful to do multiple jobs in the same neighborhood. We've done several in this one. We've painted a couple of houses, remodeled a basement, a master shower, retaining walls and decks.Write your post here.













It may not seem like a lot on this truck but it's about all the materials we need to build this huge 20x20 deck. 




















Back



in




Black


















Many people think that the posts go up first but that's not the case. 
 

First goes the frame, then further down the process the frame gets squared, then lots of digging. 













Hey! You Guys Building Another Deck?

We always appreciate referral business and it always makes us feel worthy  when it happens. 











This nosy fella couldn't believe we're back in his neighborhood again. 










This was a two-level deck that started out with a few damaged deck joists but the started never ended. 






Ultimately it didn't make sense anymore to repair the deck. 














We built it all new and installed beautiful 20' 2x6 deck boards. 20' boards means just ONE board per row. No split/cut pieces. No nail pops. 













The bottom was struggling and had rails when none were needed. 












The new deck was left opened for a much better view. The yard slopes down and let's the homeowner's see the that fella more often. 













We got the deck wet just for the sake of a better pic...haha. Not really, it's washed down before it gets stained. 















Here' she sits. Real purty. 




















Very similar but not the same. Can you see the difference? There are a few significant differences. 

























Like is never happened!! 

It Starts with a Vision




This home improvement project is driven by passionate vision that soon will come to fruition. 

As you can see it was a little unassuming split-level  that now has some serious curb appeal (and we've not even done yet). 


Gone are all the small windows that made this home feel small on the inside. 

We love the lights over the stone. Love the well lit porch. 












Nice 12' real tongue & groove ceilings. 



















How about this?!! 

We've installed re-purposed 5/4 deck wood for siding and it looks even better in person. 















Sorry, I love this. 
Looks sooo good!












The deck wood has what we call a Level Two finish. It's not the original surface from when we demo'd the deck, however, it still has a rustic finish by design. 













More of the tongue & groove ceiling. 

















Next is the concrete slab and sidewalk. 

Love the well it front porch. Particularly since the home is a good bit down slope from the street. 

Something Soft...





It's amazing how much work goes into a small 8'x15' patio. 

From selecting the flagstone, to getting it delivered to completion it's surprising.


















The weeds had to pulled and and the small concrete slab busted up. Look how much concrete just in that small area.  












We cleaned up the area, got the wrong substrate delivered. It created extra work but we made it happen. 















Here's Amrando (probably not happy with the crushed stone gravel) but he's doing a good job. 











Next we made an awesome bech/storage out of pressure treated lumber. We placed a PVC lid to make it water proof. 
















The finish is wood composite deck board from TimberTech. This product comes with a 30 year fade & stain warranty. 













The homeowner did a great job in softening the look and making it cozy. 

Poser

















I can't help it. 

Always Brighter Options


We're humbled and delighted to have a good referral base for our business. 
We met with a very nice home owner that had some of her rooms a pretty Natural Linen from Sherwin Williams (SW9109) and wanted to spread some paint around the rest of her home. 


We think it made a fantastic difference! 


Left: After
Right: Before















Foyer Bathroom

Left: After
Right: Before















Den

Remember the kids magazine Highlights? Can you spot the difference between the two pics? 
Hint (we upgraded the white to Sherwin Williams' ProClassic Pure White Trim)

Curb Appeal

ALPHARETTA: 

It's really awesome when we get hired right next door the a project we just completed. Lucky us!








This was is/was on the market but had issues with the front portico. The leaky roof ruined the framing framing and finish wood.








We started out with just one piece and off we went until we saw a lot had to be replaced. 












If you have a portico this is likely what yours looks like or very similar to. 












And this is what a water leak does to the wood. No bueno. 














We installed a heavy-duty self-adhesive roof roll. 













Here's the pre-painted finished look. 










Like it absolutely, positively, never happened. :) 

The House that Built Me...sorta

MARRIETTA: We most definitely love Nextdoor and of course the kind folks that share our name with the world. 
It really never ever gets old to get these phone calls. 








This house didn't build me nor did we built it. However, we sorta kinda helped from it caving in. 

We thought the homeowner made an EXCELLENT decision to remove these two load bearing walls b/c it really brought an enhanced appeal to the floor plan.


However, click on the pic and you'll see regular 2x10" lumber instead of the 2x14"  LVL (laminate, veneer, laminate) triple beams required to carry the load for such a large span. 




We start by providing our suppliers engennering depart the data they need (span, pics of the outside of home, detailed info about the floor above, joist span on both sides of the beam etc...then we build temp walls to keep things in place. 






Once the temp walls are up we removed the inferior beams 








Then I get as close as possible to Daniel to get the name of our company but I can barely see it. Click on the pic, maybe your eyes are better than mine. 









Here's the final view of the installed LVL beams. 
One word: Beautiful. 












Beautiful twice over. A total of SIX 2x14" LVL beams were needed to properly support the span. 

It's the Nuts & Bolts...and the rest of the Details

ALPHARETTA: 
Without a doubt we're always, always grateful for referrals. EQUALLY is rewarding is when the neighbors stop by & visit with each other to see our work first hand. Yup, our work speaks for itself. 


We built a deck not far from this home earlier this year and got a call to help with this deck to your right. Long story short, the deck was strugglin' (mostly b/c it lacked the right wood connectors (hardware). 





We start our day as usual, checking the merchandise & product. That small pile is a complete 12'x20' deck. 







To the point: 
Galvanized 4x4 bases keep the stair railing posts off the ground to prevent rot from pooling water. Base is secured with a .5" wedge (concrete bolt) to the concrete & Simpson Strong-Tie Structural Screws




A 6x6 galvanized base is secured with a 5/8 wedge & Simpson Strong-Tie Structural Screws. 








The stair stringers are secured with "stringer straps" with approx 12 Simpson Strong-Tie structural screws. 







TWO (2) .5"x8 thru bolts, one two nuts and FOUR (4) washers secured the rail 4x4 post to the main deck frame. The adjustable 6x6 post cap & S S-T screws secure the post to the main frame. 

TWO corner railing posts with a small bracket to help prevent the posts from separating (you'll see it better in the pic below). Corner 6x6 brackets to secure the 6x6 posts to the main frame.





Bam!! It's only a dollar bracket but it prevents aesthetic and safety destruction. 









Check out ALL that hardware....2x10 galvanized joist hangers. Each is secured with SIX (6) 1.5" & FOUR 2.5" Simpson Strong-Tie STRUCTURAL screws. TEN structural screws per joist hanger. 

The details? 
How about only ONE 2x6 top hand rail per section? NO CUT PIECES. 










Better yet, how about ONLY ONE TWENTY FOOT BOARD per row? Check it out. One board per row, not cut pieces not "nail pops."






BEAUTIFUL!!

Once stained or painted, you can't even notice the hardware. 









The top 2x6 handrail AND the two 2x4 top & bottom rails (the boards where the balusters are nailed on) are also just ONE long board. This keeps the deck rigid and safer. 




Lot's of details in this otherwise kinda basic deck. 














Slabbin' it Up

Let me tell you that there's no better feeling than being highly recommended by a previous client.  








These homeowners are just awesome people. They really are. We ended up doing sooo much for them on this blog we're covering just the concrete slab. 





We demo'd the deck with plans to build a 16'x20' concrete slab











Our lead, Armando, as always committed to doing a great job. 









Here we are doing the prep work in order to set up the proper concrete forming frame. 










Forming is almost complete and believe it;s a lot of work in itself. 














It's really a process. Maybe not complex per se, but it's not something as easy as 1-2-3 either. 












And here's what proper forming looks likes. You have your wood framing and support. Everything is leveled along with the welded mesh wiring. 










The day we started pouring concrete the clouds started pouring rain.









Here;s our man Erik doing his thing making all this concrete look pretty. 











Just this last corner and we're done...













Yup, it's pretty cool to see this process end up as nice as it does. 
This was like a 10" concrete slab. We poured ready mix concrete with fiber mesh in the mix itself. 
The welded mesh and fiber mesh all help the concrete stay strong and not crack. 

Yes, we built this beautiful deck, & roof AND we replaced all the siding, 45 windows & painted. 
 

Tile for Days

Once again we were very fortunate to have been recommended thru Nextdoor. It never gets old. :)












We're out of Alpharetta and this is a road I always cross but have only be on it once before this job. Isn't that wird?








The homeowner did a good job and bought all her tile from the good people at Floor and Decor. This small pallet weighs a ton (no pun intended) 






One of our concerns is always protecting the flooring, particularly on demo day. 










Here's part of the original bathroom...pretty typical for the area and age of the home. It was time for a an update. 







We demo'd just about everything including vanity you see in the pic. 







Here's our lead, Fernando, making it happen. We only use James Hardie BackerBoard, not fans of Duroc. It's a .5" fiber cement board, seal with cement board mesh tape and Red Gard liquid cement on the joints to prevent leaks.





And what you see here is BAM! This bathroom had a TON of tile (haha, get it?). 




















I think the homeowner did a great job with her vision and tile selection. It really feels like a far away Calgon moment. 


















This is the "before" - notice the window wall?












Bare bones...the window wall now has James Hardie Backer Board instead of drywall for a good reason. 












Oh my goodness...











BAM BAM! The window wall has beautiful tile! Click on the pic for a closer look. 

Beautiful. 


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