Birmingham, MI – May 15, 2018 – Homeowners of a 100-year old, 3-story Pleasant Ridge home connected with MainStreet Design Build to repair a sagging roof and add a new 3rd story dormer. After much planning and preparation, the MainStreet production team shored up the original collar tile construction in the attic and dropped in a new triple 24-inch-high by 30-foot-wide ridge beam using a 5-ton residential boom truck crane.
The ridge beam was prepped, nailed together, and braced vertically with a team of skilled carpenters. Precise measurements were used to nail the lam beams together, cut to the exact size. Then, a 5 ½” opening was made in the entire roof line. After slicing the roof in half where the peaks come together and inserting a bottle jack under each rafter, the roof was pump-jacked to the desired location and pitch.
Remarkably, the boom truck crane was in and out of the jobsite in less than an hour. During this time, the oversized ridge beam was picked up and set into the opening in the roof, secured and sandwiched back into the collar beam. All of this went together in a seamless fashion due to the care and expertise of both a dedicated design staff and expert team of carpenters.
“When our clients first came to us in early 2018, they were hoping to add a dormer onto the 3rd floor for a large home office,” explained owner Steve Ramaekers. “Structurally, we had to first address the immediate issue with their 3-4” sagging roof and structural problems. Precise measurements and a lot of preparation ahead of time allowed us to secure the 30-foot ridge beam in less than an hour, with no hick ups.”
“Steve was the genius behind the engineering design of this project,” boasted carpenter Kyle Rich. “It was an incredibly rewarding project to work on and perfectly orchestrated.”
MainStreet Design Build is a full service, luxury design and build firm that caters to homeowners in Oakland County who value a high level of comfort and trust in knowing that their home remodeling project will be done RIGHT—fitting their budget, lifestyle, comfort level and the architectural detail of their home. For over 25 years, MainStreet has been creating award-winning home additions, kitchens and bathrooms in the communities of Birmingham, Bloomfield, Royal Oak, Pleasant Ridge, Troy and other select areas of metro Detroit. With an in-house design team, staff of carpenters and a deep bench of skilled tradesmen, MainStreet Design Build offers homeowners the personal care, accountability, timeless design and exacting attention to detail that transforms remodeling ideas and dreams into precious living spaces. For more information, visit www.mainstreetdesignbuild.com.
Just a note to commend you on a job well done. We now have our dream kitchen! Your crew was great to work with. They were professional, trustworthy and hard working.
Thank you to the entire team for making our home ‘fit’ us! From the first consultation, you understood this wasn’t about trying to make a small house huge. We needed it to suit our lives better, and that is what you gave us.
MainStreet was honest and upfront about the cost of our addition. There were no surprises – they did not low ball up front to add on at the end. The quality and professionalism of the entire team was outstanding. You truly get what you pay for with MainStreet.
We love our kitchen, and MainStreet made that happen! With the help of Steve, Christine and their talented staff, we were able to add a lot more creativity and attractiveness to the design of our kitchen.
Our experience was very positive, we found MainStreet to be very professional, and considerate of our ideas. The job finished very close to the time estimated, which can be rare in that business!
MainStreet’s quality of work was excellent and its employees were very knowledgeable, courteous, and professional.
We love where we live – but we needed to add more space for our growing family. We were impressed with Steve’s design suggestions for better use of space and enhancements to our plans. They really do focus on quality and integrity in every aspect of their work.
They did an excellent job of design. Some very creative design features. They did a great job.
We love our new Kitchen and Mudroom. We appreciate the effort, commitment and quality provided by the entire team at Main Street. Thank you! Kyle and Main Street Team were a pleasure to work with through the build process. The timeline including trades was on target. Co-Construct was an effective way to manage communication and any changes that were delivered throughout the project. The design and deliverables were as expected.
I can’t think of a way that they fell short. I was satisfied with the assistance that I received with regards to picking out the various pieces.
MainStreet Design Build
555 South Old Woodward
Birmingham, MI 48009
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