Mahogany's Beauty and Durability Makes it Ideal for Deck Construction

Written by Mark Donovan

Continued from page 1

Second, when installingrepparttar decking material, I found it aesthetically most attractive to create a frame onrepparttar 100006 outside perimeter ofrepparttar 100007 deck surface using long Mahogany boards. Oncerepparttar 100008 outer frame is installed,repparttar 100009 main Mahogany decking boards can be simply installed within this outer framework. The result is a cleaner line when viewed from a distance or standing onrepparttar 100010 deck itself.

Regardingrepparttar 100011 Railing system, screws and bolts should be used exclusively asrepparttar 100012 material use in this part ofrepparttar 100013 deck is typically thicker and requires more rigidity.

Painting, Staining or Sealing

Mahogany takes paint and stain well, however I have preferred to apply a clear sealer. The clear sealer enablesrepparttar 100014 natural red color ofrepparttar 100015 Mahogany to shine through, while still providing a layer of protection fromrepparttar 100016 environement. Typically I re-applyrepparttar 100017 clear sealer every year to continue to preserverepparttar 100018 color. If you do not,repparttar 100019 Mahogany will bleach out.

Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and home additions. Mr. Donovan's formal education & profession have been as an Electrical Engineer & Marketing Manager.

Building Your Dream Home

Written by Mark Donovan

Continued from page 1

Pulling Permits

Once you have selected and hired your excavator, chief framer, and foundation company, review with them your plans. Make sure you walkrepparttar site with them, and carefully stake outrepparttar 100005 house footprint, paying careful attention to lot setbacks, septic tanks, leach fields and well location. Once all are agreed upon withrepparttar 100006 house plans andrepparttar 100007 location ofrepparttar 100008 home, contactrepparttar 100009 building inspector and review with him/her your plans. You will need to submit a very thorough package torepparttar 100010 building inspector prior to getting approval. There are frequently town and state forms that need to be filled out regarding wetlands, and home thermal analysis. In addition, detailed engineering drawings ofrepparttar 100011 proposed home may be required. In my caserepparttar 100012 Framer was able to assist in developing additional sketches ofrepparttar 100013 house plan to ensure structural compliance to local, state and federal building codes. If I had usedrepparttar 100014 initial home plans I had obtained, those would have been sufficient. I also could have contacted an architect with my selected plans to provide additional details, however it was not necessary in my case.

After about a week and several hundred dollars later I hadrepparttar 100015 permit to build a new home.

Septic Design

My home required its own septic system on site. As a result, I required a septic design and an associated permit forrepparttar 100016 new home. I recommend pursuing this as early as possible in any new home project as this can take up to 2-3 months to complete as both town and state approvals are required, not to mention site and engineering work.

Without knowing exactly whererepparttar 100017 septic system and tank will reside, it may be difficult to locaterepparttar 100018 exact position ofrepparttar 100019 home and in many casesrepparttar 100020 building inspector may not approverepparttar 100021 building permit untilrepparttar 100022 septic design permit has been obtained. I was fortunate in thatrepparttar 100023 property already had a small septic system onrepparttar 100024 lot, sorepparttar 100025 building inspector gave me approval. I was at financial risk, however, inrepparttar 100026 eventrepparttar 100027 new septic design was not approved or needed to be repositioned fromrepparttar 100028 proposed location. Fortunately that was notrepparttar 100029 case and I was able to move forward on razingrepparttar 100030 cottage and beginning site work.

To Be Continued ….

In Part 2 of “Building Your Dream House”, I will cover razing an existing building, performing site prep work, and pouring foundation walls. Stay tuned……………

Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and home additions. Mr. Donovan's formal education & profession have been as an Electrical Engineer & Marketing Manager.

    <Back to Page 1 © 2005
Terms of Use