IN THE WORKS: Mountain Brook Reno

Mountain Brook, AL — We began working on this reno in January, with expected completion in September 2018. We are bringing the exterior architecture up-to-date with painted white brick, new dark bronze windows, a steel and glass front door, and a gabled roof, which will be made of Alaskan Cypress.

 Before

Before

We are keeping the downstairs floor plan similar to the original, but we are opening up spaces between the family room, sunroom, and kitchen. We’re also adding a mudroom, pool bath, exercise room, larger laundry and pantry, and reworking the master bathroom.

 Cypress has  some unique characteristics that make it decay resistant. It grows in higher elevations that have shorter growing seasons, and the result is a heavier wood (approximately 1/3rd heavier than Western Red Cedar) because of its tight growth rings. It also has more natural oils that are responsible for the decay-resistant properties that protect it against the various elements. Cypress has typically been used in boat building and bridge stringers because of its structural strength. 

Cypress has  some unique characteristics that make it decay resistant. It grows in higher elevations that have shorter growing seasons, and the result is a heavier wood (approximately 1/3rd heavier than Western Red Cedar) because of its tight growth rings. It also has more natural oils that are responsible for the decay-resistant properties that protect it against the various elements. Cypress has typically been used in boat building and bridge stringers because of its structural strength. 

Stay tuned for more updates on changes upstairs and our interior design.