The brief was for a pitched roofed canopy, which allowed for a hole to fit around the customer’s custom-made braai BBQ. Our client frequently cooks and entertains outside, and he wanted a weatherproof area to make this comfortable year-round. The design needed to suit the angles of the house and provide maximum coverage for the area.
Our client made some changes to the design, and also changed the chimney design from the original idea, which meant we had many plans and re-quotes at the planning stage.
The back retaining wall was not square in relation to the house, while the side walls also tapered in, so we needed to inset the posts as the deck wasn’t square. Due to the large span, extra support beams were required to add strength.
One of the most challenging parts of this job was feeding the canopy roof over the chimney – and tensioning it around the chimney. There was not a lot of access to tension the roof, being hard up against the building on one side and the fire on the other. There wasn’t any tolerance in size so everything had to fit perfectly.