Client Need

The owner desired a larger deck and a pergola that would provide filtered shade from Southern exposure, plus access to an existing terrace and lower level. Finally, they wanted a natural stone veneer on the foundation of the house.

Inspiration

They were excited about having a new, usable space that would be an integral part of their home while focusing on the view. Our goal was to develop a design that seamlessly transitioned from inside the house to the water and created a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere for all members of the family including Charlie, the client’s white German Shepherd (my buddy).

Favorite Element

The vertical cable railings. Almost invisible for unobstructed lake view from the deck as well as from inside the house.

Biggest Challenge

Permitting … both zoning and building permits had very narrow tolerances. Also a number of underground obstructions and existing amenities to design around.

Tough Moment

When we were finally beginning to make some major progress, we uncovered an existing LVL ledger board that needed additional engineering.

Fond Memory

I stopped by one afternoon to inspect the finished project and discovered my client had invited his work team for a business meeting on the new deck. He said it was too nice a day to be meeting inside the office. The relaxation meter was pegged.

Valuable Participants

BJ Beckmann, Brandon Hafemeister, Jeff Valenta, Hunter Valenta, Dave Kaminski, Shawn Ryan and Cory Reger

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Views of Blue
This Racine family wanted to take advantage of their Lake Michigan views from new living areas outdoors.
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Bespoke Pergola
The client was looking for something tailor made for their yard.  Something that would be a reflection of their style.  This project and its custom designed pergola was the perfect solution.
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A Refined Renovation
A new home purchase was in need of major updating inside and out. After the couple spent the first few years working on the inside, it was our turn to renovate the exterior.