We are excited to announce that we won a national Contractor of the Year (CotY) award for a detac
We are excited to announce that we won a national Contractor of the Year (CotY) award for a detached pool house we recently renovated.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) Contractor of the Year Award is the premier recognition program for the remodeling industry. The program recognizes outstanding remodeling projects in 48 different categories. This year, we were the 2023 National/Regional CotY Award Winner for a Residential Detached Structure.
We are incredibly proud of the project, so we wanted to share it with you. Read about the challenges and solutions we came up with and to see the final results.
The client came to our company to design and renovate their existing garage to accommodate a new pool house. It was to fit with the style of the main house, while maintaining the 3 bay garage for parking their cars. The owner requested that the new addition maximize the views to a golf course, which the property adjoined at the rear yard. An open floor plan was desired with a flexible space that was able to hold many guests for holiday dinner while also maintaining daily uses for the remainder of the year. A small kitchenette and bathroom was desired in the addition for that reason. A balcony was requested to overlook the existing pool and golf course. A few other conditions that were to be included was a space to hold an aerobic bike (facing the pool) and an outdoor shower.
Front view of the existing garage
Side view facing the existing house
First Floor Plan
Second Floor Plan
During the design it was discovered that because of the steep slope of the property, they were not allowed to add any impervious surface without a variance. They were also not allowed to have a second floor on the garage based on the zoning code. After speaking with the zoning officer, it was determined that a variance for a second floor was more likely to be allowed than getting a variance for added impervious. During the variance meeting the neighbors were very supportive of the project after seeing the projects design. It was approved without objection and we moved forward to construction.
Missing block and anchor bolts in foundation wall
Foundation did not meet minimum clearance required above grade
New block tied into the existing/ grouted solid
The rear balcony was to be cantilevered so that no posts would be extended down to the pool area.
Large pressure treated LVL’s were installed
LVL’s set in place. Final beam length was cut in place.
Angles were cut in place on the deck to allow for a slimmer floor thickness.
The second floor was to be a clear span. So a large 7x20 LVL ridge was engineered to support the roof.
Framed gable ends with no horizontal joints
Framed beam pocket with beam installed
A 16 foot sliding glass door was selected to allow for views to the golf course. The window was extremely heavy and awkward because of its size.
We framed supports from the ground to the rear deck to slide the window up. Intermitted supports were added to help support the door midway up. Several men were located at the bottom and several men were on the balcony to help lift it up and into place
Supports with door installed
Truss ends were cut to the angle and routered/chiseled to fit the hidden fastener
Hidden fastener shown in the truss member and installed on the wall. The slot cut out is facing against the roof and is not seen. Holes were drilled in the wood for steel peg to be inserted through the truss and into the hidden fastener. The pegs support the actual truss member. Wood plugs were then installed in the beam to give it a mortise and peg look.
Custom mahogany bracket (built in our shop)
Plywood was installed on the brackets first. Then the framing was installed at 12” o.c. and nailed from the ¾” plywood below. A 2x6 was anchored to the wall.
A ¾” layer of plywood was nailed on top of the framing to create a sip panel.
Rafter tails were cut to the angle of the crown molding to make it easier to install and added support.
Side view showing outdoor shower under the stairs.
The client was more than ecstatic with the end result. The new Pool house made use of the existing foundation and looked as if it was always there. The second floor blends with the exterior surroundings, making the occupant feel as if they are outside while relaxing in the pool house. The views from the balcony are spectacular and allow swimmers to be observed at the same time. When it was completed, the owner’s daughter had a sleep over inside the pool house with 14 friends. They said it performed perfectly and the kids had a great time in the new space