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Garapa Decks Over the Salt Marsh

The view of the marsh is beautiful from this garapa hardwood deck we built over the winter. The deck looks as if it was always meant to be part of this home. Yet, there were many obstacles to completing this project before we even starting the construction*… there were moments when we wondered if this…
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Ipe Deck With a Curvy Pool

Seasons in New Hampshire pose a challenge for outdoor builders like us, but by planning projects well we don’t have to stop construction. For this ipe deck we installed footings in the fall just before the ground froze. With the footings in place and the materials on site, we were able to return a few…
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Stone and Clay

Even a common, ordinary brick… wants to be something more than it is. — Louis Kahn This design didn’t start with bricks. We started with bluestone per the clients’ request. I think we all agreed that the beauty of bluestone is in the blue-hinted greys and natural variation. (Bluestone is a word used to describe…
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A Roof-Top Deck

Low-slope roofs, often referred to by the misnomer “flat roof”, can sometimes be the perfect place to add outdoor living space. In this case, our client’s home had been prepared to receive a deck a couple years prior. The master bedroom already had a sliding door out to the roof of the garage. The roof…
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Ipe & Cedar by the Pool

A unique pool deck and this time we used ipe for the deck boards and handrails. For the fascia we installed cedar slats. Once again we were integrating an older deck with a new one adjacent to the pool. However, this time we separated the decks with tension cable railing. The tension cable railing allowed…
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Approach the Pool

The challenge here was to integrate an existing deck with a new much larger deck, and accomplish this with a natural and appealing approach to the pool. We needed to design a new deck that was high enough to reach the above ground pool, while integrating the original deck which sat at a lower height.…
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Creating a New Space with Pavers

The request was for a new hang-out space… in the front yard! There were some unique challenges to overcome; the space wasn’t square, there is a huge tree nearby, and whatever we built would be right on the property line. We came back with a design for a paver patio, a new stoop, and a…
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Ipe deck with curved bench

This project was a pleasure to build and design. The goal of creating new spaces so clients can enjoy their beautiful yard and woods is what we are about. The design was to feature a curved bench, ample space for furniture and people, planter box, and space for the grill. We went with ipe hardwood…
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Sustainability & Design: Black Locust with Cedar

Sustainability and design were top priorities to the homeowners on this project. They sought an environmentally friendly decking material and decided on black locust. Black locust is a beautiful, fast growing, renewable, and rot resistant tree that reduces the demand for rain forest lumber. We used this hardwood for the deck and cascading stairs. Between…
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New Cable Railings

This was a small project with a big view in the beautiful Lakes Region of New Hampshire. Our clients came to us looking to update their old railing system to a new modern style that optimized the view. We removed the old railing and installed metal posts around the deck perimeter. Between the posts we…
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