The stairs in this historic Bellevue, Washington home needed to be brought into code-compliance as a result of other permitted remodeling work being performed. The existing stringers were utilized, spaced wider as necessary, and new, wider treads installed to bring the stair widths to correct dimension, as close as the space would allow. The guard heights needed to increase and the baluster spacing reduced. All new baluster pole material was sourced and installed by Creasey Log Homes.
The owners of this home in Maple Valley, Washington wanted to replace the deteriorating Cedar siding with a much more durable metal panel, falling in-line with the already modern angles of the structure.
Originally built by Creasey Log Homes in 1988, this home suffered recent fire damage and the same owners called us during the holidays of 2013. Charring was limited to an upstairs bedroom but the rest of the home required restoration because of accompanying smoke and water damage.
As this Monroe, Wa log home was originally constructed upon distantly spaced piers, the log walls and floor were sagging midspan and the home was experiencing uneven settling. As well, the log walls were too low to the ground and were in serious danger of rotting as they were practically buried in the dirt.
This family cabin suddenly started to experience some soil shifting on the back half of the home, much to the dismay of the owners. The cabin had been in the family for decades and had seen children grow into adults with their own children. In fact, the place was still very much in use and continuing to witness many new memories. Still, significant structural implications were being felt and it was believed that if action wasn't taken that the structure's integrity would continue to decline.
Protection from exposure to the elements is paramount to the longevity of log structures. A key area that tends to suffer damage is a high gable wall with a prow roof (a roofline whose overhang slants back to the wall corners). Not only is a large amount of wall area directly exposed to wetting during rainfall but the prow edge is often ineffective against deterring roof water runoff from falling and splattering directly below to a deck or patio and back onto the log surfaces.
After experiencing some concern about the protection of their home's logs, these Lake Cavanaugh residents contacted Creasey Log Homes to provide a solution. As there was an existing wood balcony, the work order consisted first of all of providing a waterproof walking surface on the balcony to act as a protective roof for the logwork below. This required, in part, to provide a slope to the surface to effectively drain water to the outer edge of the balcony away from the home.
High gabled walls can pose a weathering problem for Northwest log homes. If excessive, the ratio of roof overhang-to-wall height can be easily overcome by the slightest angle in falling rain. Many homes were originally built and designed without this in mind.
When winds came through and fell a tree from their property onto the roof of their home these Monroe homeowner's came to Creasey Log Homes for the repairs. In the process, several skylights were added to flood natural light into the kitchen area. Damaged framing members were replaced and an all new Presidential roof applied.
When this quaint retreat was seriously damaged in a wind storm the family contacted Creasey Log Homes for their expertise in repairs. Little did they know at that time that "repair" to Terry means an opportunity to breathe life into a structure not previously seen in the first place.