Back in 2004, we renovated our property to incorporate our side lot as a brick-fenced, landscape garden, and added more character to the front house entry in the form of a balcony. When I say 'we', I mean we hired an architect and general contractor to carry out our design ideas. Twelve years later, the balcony is getting a major facelift.
Fast forward, 2016: the work began March 28th. Before my tree guys finished their job in early March, I asked them if they knew of any good contractors. Score! Turns out, the contractor is one of the ones I had called four years prior, but this time he came - that same day the tree was cut down!
The next step of the rebuild was actually more demolition. The columns (same, low-maintenance PVC product as the railings) had to come down so accurate measurements could be made of the arc radius for replacement. It was decided that the replacement materials covering the wood frame would be the same type of alternative millwork this time, not wood as before. All of this will be sealed properly this time, correcting the root cause of the damage from the get-go. The new material would ensure no rotting, even if residual water ran over the sealed edges of the balcony.
The balcony is built in multi-dimensional layers for an aesthetically-pleasing appearance, so the contractor's team proceeded with the additional steps of heating the PVC material, bending it and layering it onto the prior layers. A crown molding finishes off the balcony frame. This part of the process took two days, while the outside temperatures remained in the low 40s at night, and still mild at 70° in the daytime.
The best facelifts are those which cannot be determined upon casual glance. If we are fortunate, such will be the case in this finished reconstruction of our balcony. Stay tuned for the reveal!
NOTE: For the balcony reveal, please visit this post: The Balcony is Complete!
Rita C. at Panoply