We just bought a Deck House in New Hampshire that was designed in 1965 and built in 1968. Does anyone have any helpful hints they could share regarding maintenance or renovation of pre-fabricated Deck Houses? We took the tour of the Acorn Homes factory in Acton, MA last week and were impressed with the hand-built quality, solid materials, and dedicated craftsmen who build and ship these homes. Please feel free to share your thoughts if you have ever owned, renovated, or are interested in Deck Houses.
Hi, I have owned a deckhouse (also buil in 1968) for several years. We are still learning to care for the home. When you try to repair or update, be sure to find a contractor who has done lots of work on a deckbhouse before. There are a few around. You can also get someadvice from the acorn/deckhouse.
They have some tip sheets and you can buy parts from them. They even can provide insurance estimates and I think maintain a record of the blueprint for your home.
05:43PM | 08/20/14
As someone who also put an offer in on what is now your home (I'm assuming Monica Drive), my first suggestion would be to resolve the the erosion occurring around the cement footings under the porch and raise the structure back to it's original height (there's noticeable sag/settling). Thats a long term structural issue and ultimately one of the reasons why I wasn't willing to "go all in" in with my offer.
Likewise, the rear of the home could benefit from gutters/water management as it is causing both rot on the on the deck beams (which have already been repaired once) and settling at the ground level. At a minimum, the beam rot really needs addressing.
As far as deckhouse specific care, the roof really shouldn't be vented (which your house is) as the originals had a solid roof system (non-vented). This said, it does have the correct foam insulation according to the sellers documentation. Keep up with cedar-friendly mold prevention methods and do not aggressively powerwash the cedar siding (there are online resources which provide detailed overviews of cedar care).
Buchanan Builders in Bolton, MA has quite a bit of experience with these homes and it might be worth having (paying) him do an inspection.
Most importantly, congrats on the new home and be sure to fill it with worthy mid-century furniture.
01:23AM | 01/03/15
Samstep, thanks for your helpful info. After 6 months we finally sold our previous home and are all moved in, have quite a bit of work ahead of us - but all for a great purpose. Here's to mid-century modern architecture - cheers!