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As the main level of the home design began to come together, the deck shape varied along with each of the progressive versions of the plan. When it was decided to add a corner window in the Living Room that directed its view towards the pond, the deck naturally began to take a shape by reflecting the expansion of this corner outward.



Now that we had a shape, we had to break the news to our structural engineer, Ken Theisen of Engineering Tech, PA. Our interesting conversation went something like this. “Hi Ken, how’d you like to do a deck with no columns?” A long period of silence followed my question and then a response of “sure, send me something so I can start thinking about it.”


Stay tuned to see the model image sent to Ken and just how his office came up with a solution that meets all of our design expectations and more!


Up next “Forks + Toothpick + Glass = Steel + Wood + Concrete”

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Updated: Feb 18

When a client states, “I don’t like columns” during a discussion of their future deck, a thought came to mind about something we used to do in our college cafeteria when we had too much time on our hands.  All we needed for this Center of Mass experiment was a glass, a toothpick, and two forks.  



Utilizing this concept as a deck has always intrigued me and now an opportunity arose to make it happen.  Once the clients retrieved the necessary items from their kitchen, the stage was set to present this simple experiment as a way to accomplish their desire for no columns.  The show was a hit and there was no question that this was the solution for them! 


Follow us TODAY to witness how this concept is becoming a reality. 


Up next, “A plan comes together.


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The Team has now grown and the passion and exuberance about this home is magnetic! Every spectacular detail resonates within the Team and now the Interior Designer is introduced.


Fresh off another excellent collaboration, Cheryl Bafford of Bafford Interior Designs is brought on to the project.She visits for meetings and plans of the home. She is also infected by the contagious passion of the home and the energy surrounding the plan. Cheryl presents an exploration in texture, materials, light and design. She is brought in for her expertise.




Keith passes to her his vision and she breathes warmth into the entire feel of the home. Tiles, lighting, color palettes, cabinetry- it all becomes a cohesive design.



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