Qualified Remodeler Magazine

MAR 2019

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making it look like Gas Works Park [in Seattle]," Keever explains. "It's originally designed for all this internal stuff, so it didn't have any kind of consideration for what we needed to put on it." The company had to create an exterior cladding design in a large panel format with natural wood accents and little-to-no maintenance. Synapse paired Trespa Pura NFC flush siding (in Royal Mahogany) with olive-treated Silbonit panels (color chosen by client) for an extraordinary mix of materials. "They're basically zero-maintenance claddings," Keever says. "And everything's set up on a rainscreen, so water intrusion isn't going to happen; you're not relying on sealant joints." Under Cover The waterproof decks, made of wood decking on sleepers with internal drains beneath them, had become a pain point for the client as well. Situated in a fairly wooded area, the house received a great share of tree droppings that required him to clear out the drains regularly to keep them free of debris. The company needed an easy-to-clean deck surface capable of surviving frequent rain. "They were built in a way that you couldn't get underneath the decking because all the decks are waterproof decks, and there's living space under- neath—so they're basically roofs that double as decks," Keever notes. "There was no way to get underneath the deck without getting out a screw "In modern architecture, there seems to be a push to hide things [and] make more clean lines," he continues. "When this house was built, instead of having external gutters or scuppers and things that took the water away from the house, they ac- tually plumbed all the draining inside the walls." Revising the roof drains to evacuate externally turned out to be more complex in practice than in theory, Keever adds. Synapse not only had to amend the roof slope for proper drainage and wa- ter management, but the company also needed to consider the resulting aesthetics. Workers carefully placed the new roof drains and scuppers and tried to combine drainage into one outlet if feasible. Whenever possible, Synapse merged down- spouts and tucked them into less noticeable corners the gutters, scuppers, downspouts, flashings and copings were fabricated from the same prefinished sheet metal, which provides a consistent look. "Stucco in the Northwest needs to be done very differently than it's done in, say, California or Arizona," Keever notes. "A lot of people don't understand that, so they apply it as if it's a dry climate. [The homeowner] had issues with stuc- co—water was getting in and rotting things away. "There was definitely a challenge in the design phase of trying to figure out how to take a house that didn't have any external gutters or drains, or anything, and externalize the drainage without MASTER DESIGN AWARDS 2018 EXTERIOR FACELIFT BRONZE COMPANY INFORMATION Synapse Construction Seattle synapseconstruction.com PROJECT INFORMATION Name: Seward Park Views Location: Seattle Total cost: $310,660 PRODUCT INFORMATION Siding: Trespa; Silbonit Windows: Milgard HVAC: Mitsubishi Roofing: IB Roof Systems Pavers: Caesar 2x4 Air barrier: VaproShield DESIGN SOLUTIONS 32 March 2019 QualifiedRemodeler.com

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