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20 Klamath Sunriver Entry Addition Complete

20 Klamath Sunriver Entry Addition Complete

20 Klamath Sunriver Entry Addition Complete

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20 Klamath before the entry addition.

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20 Klamath After the remodel

Our Sunriver Entry Addition is now complete.  Here you can see the before and after photos.
This was the second job we had done for this client at this location.  To save them some additional expense, and because the job fitted it, we did the painting and staining ourselves.  This saved the additional expense of hiring a painting sub-contractor.  We use professional painters on most of our jobs, but when it makes sense for us to do a simple painting and staining job, we do it!

20 Klamath – Sunriver Entry Addition Progressing

20 Klamath – Sunriver Entry Addition Progressing

Before – this image shows the front facade of the home after we removed the older style “deck steps”.

Our Sunriver entry addition is progressing as expected.  Our owners wanted a covered entryway which is something all of us need in Sunriver, Oregon. It’s surprising how many houses have either no covered entrance at all, or else one that’s merely decorative and offers no real protection from the weather while you fumble with your keys. Our first piece of advice when considering an entry addition would be to make the overhang large enough to do the job. It should be able to accommodate two people–and keep them covered while one person stands to the side and the other one swings the front door open.
Also, provide adequate lighting. A cover will darken the front entry area, which can make a house seem uninviting at night. That’s easily corrected, though. Ideally, we will install a fixture on the ceiling of the entry, but a pair of lights on the wall of the house, flanking the front entrance, will supply enough light.

In all other respects, building a covered entry is like undertaking any other construction project. The structure needs to be supported on a foundation that reaches below the frost line, and it must conform to the building codes in effect where you live.


Sunriver Home Remodel Addition – 20 Klamath Lane

Sunriver Home Remodel Addition – 20 Klamath Lane

Sunriver Home Remodel Addition

Sunriver Room Addition

Midway through the project. The trusses of the garage are off, and we prepare to buildout the dormer.

In late October 2012 we started a Sunriver Home Remodel Addition at 20 Klamath Lane.  The project is in Sunriver and the task was to convert the standard two car garage to add more living space by adding a dormer on top of the garage.  This was about a  2 1/2 months project.  We started in late October and finished in late December.  Mr. Barrett, the owner completed the project doing the finish and painting work.  Here’s a link to this project.


Here’s a look at the front entry way at 20 Klamath Lane.

Now (August 2013) The Barrett’s have hires us to rebuild a new entry way for the home.  The demo job is very simple and requires us to just remove the front steps and cover the door to build the new entry way.

After we removed the stairs we notice some “dry rot” on the side of the home where the steps met the house.  Dry rot refers to wood decay caused by certain species of fungi, also known as True Dry Rot, that digest parts of the wood which give the wood strength and stiffness. It was previously used to describe any decay of cured wood in ships and buildings by a fungus which resulted in a darkly colored deteriorated and cracked condition.

The life-cycle of dry rot can be broken down into four main stages. Dry rot begins as a microscopic spore which, in high enough concentrations, can resemble a fine orange dust.  Essentially, when water meets wood, things go to pot. Wet rot creeps up when a water source drips on lumber that’s untreated. The source of moisture seeps into the timber, the wood looks wet and, eventually, gets spongy.

Here's a photo of some of the dry rot damage at 20 Klamath.

Here’s a photo of some of the dry rot damage at 20 Klamath.

Dry rot is like a mushroom. It’s a fungus. As the fungus matures, it shrinks and cracks the lumber. The result is that it looks like you’ve taken a knife and cut-out half-inch wide rectangles from the planks.

Repairing Dry Rot

Before you attempt to repair wood rot, you need to stop the water problem. It’s imperative that you hunt down and eliminate the water source that’s causing the rot. If the wood has been placed too close to the soil, a sidewalk, a patio, a roof or some such, you may have to re-engineer the situation so the wood doesn’t get wet — or, if it gets wet, it dries rapidly.

Once you have the water situation solved, then the wood needs to dry completely. This can take days, weeks or months, depending on the season. Blowing air across the wood will accelerate the drying time.  Wood that’s rotted and dry ignites very readily and can burn fiercely.



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