MainStreet Design Build Repairs Severely Sagging Roof in a 3-Story Historic Home Using Superior Design Innovation

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.”

See quick video of MainStreet Design Build replacing the 24-foot ridge beam with a crane truck.

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


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