Qualified Remodeler Magazine

APR 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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WHEN DOING A ROOF DECK: Always make sure the roof is structurally reinforced to hold a roof deck. Fully understand the wish list and set proper expectations for the budget. Educate clients on the material options and the pros and cons of each product. Help them recognize the upkeep that comes with their outdoor living space. Both spaces needed to be cohesive but have separate functions. The lower deck suits grilling and presents a supplemental area for people to spill out onto when the clients host a party or hang out with family. Its inclusion exceeded their initial budget, so the firm had to convey the benefits clearly. With neighbors close on either side, the clients identified privacy as another major item on their wish list. Chicago Roof Deck + Garden introduced metal panels to help balance all of the wood. The garage roof features a lounging space independent of the grilling and dining area located on the new lower level. Because of its distance from the house, the clients opted not to incorporate any dining on the garage deck. An ice maker and refrigerator provide some convenience as well as refreshment. A steel substructure, as opposed to wood, will prolong the lifespan of the lower deck and make it more appealing if the clients ever choose to sell the home. The firm proposed a schematic layout, examined the features that were most important to them, and then finalized the materials and finishes. Photos: Dave Slivinski QualifiedRemodeler.com April 2019 53

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