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2 Elevator shaft framing in advance of elevator installation
3 Where that TV sits, I need to build a wall unit before Christmas
4 Wall unit installed in time for Christmas
5 Time to add spice to my porch overhang . . .
6 . . . with a barrel vault
7 Michael painting the entertainment center I've just installed
8 This entertainment center takes up space formerly given over to a gas fireplace
9 Down in the basement of a central St.Catharines home adding new framing to old
10 Waste land where I've got to design a deck
11 North-end basement at the framing stage
12 Basement boarding
13 Insulated walls and a pile of drywall
14 Central St.Catharines attic before I cleaned it up and insulated it with batts
15 Creative use of a table saw to cut a slot in the end of a new bed rail
16 I've been requested to extend the deck that I built years ago to meet the new hot tub
17 Deck framing to meet hot tub
18 Hot tub deck framing
19 Hot tub deck framing
20 Home in need of a deck
21 Porch roof built and posts set for new deck
22 Roof shingled, lower level deck framed, and hot tub pad poured
23 Deck levels framed, brick cut out for new doors, hot tub in place
24 Deck framing and light tunnel for basement window
25 Deck framing and light tunnel for basement window
26 Framing detail - lowest level hangs from second level
27 Framing detail
28 Upper level cantilevered over beam
29 Light tunnel
30 Deck finished, doors in, hot tub functional and house ready for siding
31 Mid May - a Before picture. Everything is still lush, unlike on the After pictures. I started work here the end of May.
32 The "After" view
33 Lower level and moon landing framing
34 Moon landing
35 Moon landing support
36 June 13 - a view of phase two framing, looking over to the island on Martindale Pond. I wouldn't be able to do much better for a location during a hot June and July.
37 Framing detail
38 Phase two deck framing and porch roof completed
39 Deck boards ready to go
40 The dining area
41 Overlooking the Martindale pond
42 Side view
43 Details of porch columns and cedar soffit. Eventually soffit and deck will be stained dark to set it off from the white house, pillars and railings.
44 Vinyl railing detail
45 Decking detail
46 Skirting detail
47 Porch steps
48 Porch columns
49 The front porch with cedar soffit
50 The design of this three level was worked out one morning during an intense session with the owner
51 Squirrel view
52 The walnuts are already starting to stain the deck
53 Bench by the hot tub
54 The view from Main Street
55 August 9 - an After picture.
56 An evening view
57 Back on the other side of town, a Merriton fence is in need of some TLC
58 I added this porch 'eyebrow' to the second story garage addition I did exactly ten years ago in order to keep the weather off of the three entrance doors.
59 The soffit under this porch roof was bumped up to stay clear of doorways
60 This basement was to be gutted, rearranged and finished
61 The view to the back of the house
62 In a Welland basement renovation, this shower pan (6'x8') ready for the base pour, using steel track to get the right slope
63 The shower floor - 13 bags of sand mix tamped, screed and finished for tiles.
64 The new view to the back of the house. An eight inch steel beam buried on the dropped ceiling, carries the house where the wall used to be.
65 The bedroom at the front, where the old recroom used to be. The open door goes to the newly placed bathroom.
66 A boat rack built up against a retaining wall to keep a canoe and trainer off the ground
67 This 25' 8" W8x35 steel beam is hoisted to the level of the window so it can be pulled into the house. It weighed 900 pounds and was rolled into place over the forks of two Genies by myself and four men from Versluis.
68 The beam was rolled through the house on two dollies, through the hall into a bedroom right to the back of the house before it could be moved back into the corridor between the temporary support walls where it had to go (replacing the old wall between living room and kitchen/dining room).
69 The Genie Lifts had to be manhandled into the house and placed under the beam. The I beam was filled flush with wood for hanging the ceiling rafters from.
70 A slot was cut in the (flat) roof rafters to allow the beam to 'disappear' into the ceiling.
71 The beam was cranked into place and then supported on either end by wood framing. All in a day's work.
72 I always have a collection of colours on paint tray liners. I try to avoid reusing (thereby spoiling) the more distinctively coloured liners (One of these is from several years ago). Just to be clear, these colours were for customers. I do admire their boldness.
73 This is my July, 2014 deck project. It's great to be outside again, in mostly beautiful summer weather, under the shade of a tree, working for good hosts.
74 The piers were done by Perfect Post Hole Niagara. The framework is done and railing posts are set. Next up are some benches before laying down the decking.
75 This is my first time building with the new Sienna pressure treated wood.
76 The finished deck on a beautifully cool, intermittently sunny summer day. I am so pleased with the design. I love the rhythms of the railing spindles and the of bench/railing alternation.
77 I had an idea for this deck, but no plans. All of the bench designs I found on the internet looked clunky. And with two long sides to work with I did not want the effect of pews.
78 So I decided to alternate railing sections with benches. This is considerably more work because the transitions had to be angled horizontally and vertically.
79 There was a lot of cutting and fitting, also to accomodate twisting posts, but it all worked out beautifully.
80 Forty eight feet of fence and three new gates add some more class and security (for leaping dogs) in this Port home. The gates, with rabbeted lap joints for real strength, were made by a real carpenter. The 6x6" fence posts were set into 3.5' holes dug by hand. This will all outlive me and my customers.
81 I made this bike rack for a customer's garage a few years ago, something to keep the bike out of the way in a tight double car garage, but still handy for regular use. It sits over top of a snow blower during biking season and then hinges upwards, out of the way (while the bike hangs around with the others) during snow blowing season.
Newmaker is the spirit that drives a lifetime of creativity, and is a reflection of the Creator who continues to make all things new.
H.James Company is the business name for the renovation services of Henry de Jong since 1991. Services have been offered as sub-contractor and as contractor, but primarily as a professional craftsman working alone. Working on small to medium size jobs allows a personal committment to executing every detail with the same care, and to working one job at a time, on a steady and predictable schedule.