Our Client had recently purchased a large renovated house with an elevated expansive deck, external fireplace and room for plenty of outdoor entertaining and family dining. It soon became apparent that umbrellas and temporary gazebos did not offer the protection from the elements the family required.
The client wanted a permanent structure that allowed outdoor living in all weather and a design that worked in with the large house and looked good. Another important consideration was the need to keep expensive outdoor furniture, bbqs and the pets’ beds out of the UV and weather.
The canopy had to be as large as the deck so that it was functional but also so that it was in scale, a large span dictated robust fixings down into a complex labyrinth of joists to ensure there were no issues with wind.
As the structure was to be built off site, this called for a detailed and lengthy site measure, this was after extensive discussion with team on site about whether this job would even be successful.
The canopy had to be installed around a chimney; this was not only the roof but arch end fills to stop weather funnelling through from the south west.
Specific offset base plates were custom made as posts and joists were not always aligned. Head height was an issue when installing screens causing the need for one off brackets, fittings and guttering. Our installers changed the design where they could to meet the client’s requests, including the creation of an extra wide flashing/gutter to enable the posts to be positioned exactly where the client wanted them.
On top of the main concerns were hours of minor works that would all come together to produce a flawless result, most details not really even noticed by the client. Our client was absolutely over the moon with the finished product. The many final bits and pieces and the complexity of this job help us to complete other complex projects, rather than just walking away at the start. Our Installation Manager’s “can do” attitude and a trusting client were key in a great finished result.