Entryway covering takes its design cue from the past

December 31, 2003


The brackets and arched brace form the heart of this project, providing all of the structural support. The fully load-bearing brackets were timber-sawn to integrate accurately into the Tudor style. The dado-constructed king post prevents eaves spread at the rake, gives an increased sense of enclosure at the entry and, like the brackets, stays true to the Tudor style. "The expression belies the structural complexity underneath," architect Michael Klement says.
Architect: Architectural Resource, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Remodeler: Washtenaw Woodwrights, Ann Arbor

Project location: Ann Arbor

Age of home: approximately 80 years

Scope of work: small roof assembly over front door

The homeowners wanted a more pronounced front entrance that would enhance their Tudor home while providing protection from frost and other weather conditions.

While the project seemed simple enough, the masonry veneer could not hold a lateral load or serve as an anchorage and still remain intact. Architect Michael Klement designed the project so the brackets would support the entire roof assembly's weight. Once completed, the assembly simply was step-flashed back to the front door's wood framing at the jambs, header and top plate.

The project took one month to design and one month to construct.

The pitch of the entryway's cedar roof was matched to the pitch of the home's roof, using the same gabling and rake and eaves detailing. Cutting the masonry joints and taking away only 1/4 inch of the brick's face sufficiently allowed for flashing in lieu of building wrap or other flashing details.

Beyond successfully executing the job without disturbing the brick, Klement calls this project remarkable because the wood joinery construction keeps true to the period of the home.

"This project accomplishes the needs of the job in a historically appropriate way, which is a double win." he says.


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