The weather cooperated on this project building and shingling this covered porch in Belmont, Ontario.
Building the Ultimate Backyard Pool House was a decision by a young couple to invest in their backyard to the fullest instead of buying a cottage and having to manage two properties and travel to get to a cottage. This beautiful 800 square foot area is a great place to spend time with family and friends.
It was built on 3 foot concrete footings and piers, with faux stone on the front and interior. Fully equipped with a full bathroom, tile floors, mold resistant drywall, a kitchen sink, an outdoor shower, fully equipped stainless steel (rust resistant) cabinetry, stainless steel dishwasher, stainless steel double wide refrigerator, custom wide double-edge bar with granite top, and a full wood burning fireplace.
The 8-week project started at the end of summer and finished in the spring. The frame consists of 2 x 6 boards, and the walls between the bathroom and the kitchen are insulated for privacy and safety fire code because the barbecue backs up to the washroom. The fully-vaulted, coffered, boxed ceiling features a breathable soffit and recessed lighting all throughout. The roof features 30-year architectural shingles.
The client requested a very large covered patio for protection from the elements and extra shade in the summer months, but mostly to relax with neighbors, friends and family. The structure was built in 4 days (with extra finishes taking an additional 4 days) and was completed in time for a large family reunion which was a hit for the party.
The Large Free-Standing Patio was built with 6x6 on 4 foot concrete piers, cladded out with 1 inch pine to receive electrical conduit for lighting and ceiling fans. Additionally cladded out with faux stone half way up the pillars with 2 foot stone cap, metal flashing, and color matching the inside board and batten to the house paint.
This ceiling can be done in any color and many styles; board and batten, regular siding, vented soffit, tongue and grove pine, the possibilities are endless with the color and material that can be used on the inside ceiling. The roof features architectural 30 year shingles. On top of the 6x6 posts, are engineered 2x12 beams LBL's on all four sides. Engineered roof trusses made it cost effective and quick to build.
The client requested a freestanding patio cover near the pool and additional hardscape and wooden deck to make lounging around the pool with friends and family relaxing and enjoyable.
The client wanted to be able to host night-time luaus complete with lighting around the deck.
Project took 2 weeks to complete and was built out of pressure treated wood as an economical substitution for cedar wood. We set the deck boards on angle to create a dynamic look. The 12x12 pavilion with black metal spindles and pressure treated handrail offer an updated look. Built in storage with hidden removable panels allows the homeowner storage of patio items and other garden necessities. Three separate entrances to the deck; backyard, patio door and from the pool area offering lots of options for entertaining in the sun and shade.
This was an addon to a previous deck built by the homebuilder, where we brought it up to code, added some special privacy features, and a spa pad, which was a wooden deck on concrete piers 4 feet in the ground at 5 feet spacing.
We also built hidden doors so the homeowner can service the hot tub without needing to move the hot tub. There are several ways to achieve this including removable panels under deck or on top of the deck. In one picture, a splice shows were we added new wood to extend the length of the deck bringing it to the edge of the house and added a privacy screen to block the neighbors house which can allow for private relaxation and shade control.
We added a new set of stairs and updated railings to complete the look of the backyard. This was a triangle shaped pergola but it can be built as a rectangle, square or a custom shape to fit the space of the backyard.
With the help of a licensed plumber, we added a gas line for the BBQ so the homeowner didn't need to worry about constantly refilling propane tanks.
Bathroom remodel; Quick 3 day update to refresh an older homes dated bathroom and shower. Brought the bathroom back to the studs, changed the plumbing, updated it to code, brought in some new mold resistant drywall, mudded and taped all seams to make it waterproof. Installed a new soaker bathtub with new subfloor beneath. New surround tile, new fixtures, new trim and flooring, reused the toilet from another bathroom. The homeowner is enjoying the updated cozy bathroom.