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Maple Creek Deck is finished!

Construction has wrapped up on this cantilevered deck on a steep slope in Maple Creek. Here we see the deck in November, nearly completed and just waiting for installation of the railings.

By mid-December the railings were up and the scaffolding was down. Final details only include restoring the minimally disturbed landscaping around the project. Kudos to Houseworks Construction for minimizing the site disturbance in the environmentally critical areas on such a complex building project.

The simplicity of the finished product belies the complexity of the construction.

To maintain the character of Anna Williams’ original Pacific Northwest Modern design, the steel beams are inlaid with Douglas fir.

Underneath the house, a clean storage and patio area masks the major amount of foundation work that went into seismically improving the house. Pin piles and new foundations were installed on the southern end of the house not only to support the cantilevered deck, but also to strengthen the house, bringing it up to current codes.

One of the programatic requirements for this steep site was a catwalk for easier window washing, visible in this view from below.

Another view from the ravine.

Atop the deck, a custom aluminum and ironwood railing compliments the architecture of the original house. The decking is also made of custom milled ironwood.

Decorated for the holidays, and now ready for years of enjoyment.

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