Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAR 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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BUILT in 2002, a modern home in Seattle opted to employ stucco cladding despite the notoriously rainy climate. A desire for clean lines, furthermore, led the designer to forego external gutters in favor of internal drains routed through its walls. The owner first contacted Synapse Construction in 2015, when he located a water intrusion that eventually caused rotting within one of the walls. "Basically, each drain was acting like a shower drain, which is a problem because if one of them leaks, you'll never know until you have a major problem," explains Kyle Keever, CEO. "He had enough problems that he went around the whole house and identified where the drain lines were and put in access doors, so he could monitor [them] and clean them out when they got clogged." The homeowner ultimately decided to repair the wall and put off a larger project for another few years. By the time he reached out to Synapse in 2017, he had enough of the minor upgrading and sought to completely strip the exterior, fix any leaks and reclad the surface to help alleviate fears on wet nights. The company also redesigned decks and improved the comfort in his master bedroom. Storm Cloud "In Seattle, as you probably know, it rains all the time—so we get a lot of water. Some places in the country don't have gutters because they don't get that much rain—or [they have] more snow than rain, and that would just tear the gutters off," Keever says. "Here, we have gutters on every structure you can imagine, and the gutters have downspouts that take water away from the house. From the Inside Out Synapse Construction reimagines a stucco residence in Seattle to address water infiltration and establish a permanent solution for rain management. by Kyle Clapham BEFORE QualifiedRemodeler.com March 2019 31

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