Before: An overgrown and dated bluestone sitting area. After: A walled gathering place with a gas fire pit in the shadows of a white stained cedar pergola.
Before: Chimney before repairs. Shows water infiltration through the brick and chimney cap, causing damage to the interior flue, damper and firebox. After: Properly repaired structure - concrete block, new concrete cap, lead coated copper base and flashing.
Before: Loose plaster and bubbled paint on ceiling due to water leak from roof. Middle photo shows the extent of hidden damage to plaster and beam. Note the metal lathe is totally rusted away. After: Repaired wire lathe. Installed new, 3 coat painted plaster finish.
Before: Wind blown tree on roof over master bedroom suite, caused by Hurricane Sandy, Princeton. After: Completed repairs to roof, structure, overhangs, gutter, siding deck and deck railing.
Before: Large limb enters roof and ceiling in master bedroom during Hurricane Sandy. After: Completed repairs in master bedroom.
Before: Black chain link fence with no privacy. After: Woven artificial grass panel that blends with the surroundings and creates privacy.
Before: Demolition of brick veneer. Note the defects - inferior infill, cracked cap, no flashing and overall poor construction techniques. After: Repaired chimney with new concrete cap, proper lead coated copper base and flashing.
Before: Wet laid bluestone patio with deteriorated fireplace hearth and cracking concrete base. After: Reset hearth and bluestone at fireplace.
Before: Brick step repair with railing. Loose brick step tread caused by water infiltration and mortar failure. After: The loose brick was removed and replaced. The new brick was installed and the adjacent mortar joints were repainted.
Chimney pots that were removed and re-installed after repairs.
Before: Wall staining due to active bat nesting. After: The existing shutters were rebuilt with black FRP panel backing to discourage bat nesting. The stucco was cleaned and the shutters were rehung. Six bat houses were installed in surrounding trees to provide alternate nesting sights; all work was timed to coincide with non-nesting periods.
Before: After installation of a new sprinkler system, the homeowner wanted a cover for the exposed vacuum breaker that would weather to match an adjacent shed. After: A custom cedar enclosure with copper flashings was designed and installed. Relocating the hose rack and minor siding patchwork completed the job.
This front door of a historic Princeton home was refinished back to its original luster.
Before: The brick wall is pulling away from the house as the foundation has cracked and settled. After: A new foundation has been poured, supporting the new brick walls.
Before: A rotted and cracked door sill, where the rot has extended into the door jambs and stops. After: A new mahogany sill has been installed, the door jambs and stops replaced or repaired. All repairs are finished stained and painted.
Before: A typical garage step with 8-9” risers. After: Completed low rise steps with extended tread length for ease and security. Multiple hand rails and grab handles lend assistance and help with balance as you enter and exit the home.
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