This English Country home in an idyllic woodland setting next to the Chattahoochee River in Marietta, GA, is finally fulfilling our clients’ wishes. The homeowners desired a large deck and screened porch that increased their home’s functionality for entertaining, and was constructed with such expertise they would never have to replace their deck again.
The Atlanta Design & Build team discovered the existing cedar deck was badly deteriorated and unsafe to use. The railings were loose and could easily be pushed over, and the wood was not holding up to the weather. As our team worked on the main curved section of the deck, we removed everything from the structural joists up, replacing the handrails and decking.
The new decking is a Fiberon composite. To curve the decking boards around the perimeter of the deck, our supplier heated them in a 9ft oven at their facility until they curved properly. We removed the old cedar wrap from the steel posts and installed a new metal decorative post wrap to match the black railing system by Westbury. Building the curved stairway, repeats the curved design of the entire outdoor space.
The existing framing for a section of the deck was so inadequate the deck bounced up and down when the homeowners walked on it. Previous repair attempts to stabilize it had not worked. Our ADB team removed that entire portion of the deck and in its place built a screened porch. See more photos of this beautiful project on Houzz.
Gorgeous Brazilian OHC Ipe hardwood covers the screened porch floors. Tongue & groove wood was pickled to let the wood grain show through and installed on the ceiling. The existing exterior brick walls offer additional texture. The focal point of the space is an impressive wood-burning fireplace with real stone hearth and mantle. The stone was sawn in half to decrease its weight.
The ADB team also rebuilt four cedar arbors in the front of the house and on the garage, while keeping the original vines intact. The decorative and very attractive OZCO brackets are a fastening system that was used to tie the whole structure together.
Our clients are very pleased with their new deck and screened porch. For the past several years they have not been able to use their deck because it was unsafe. ADB carefully built our clients’ new deck to building code standards. Now the homeowners are excited about the entertaining possibilities their new space affords.
When you are looking to enhance your outdoor entertaining possibilities, our skillful ADB Team are the experts to contact.
Photo credit: Barbara Brown Photography